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At its annual shareholders meeting in Seattle Wednesday, Starbucks announced that Ford vehicles, equipped with the lastest Sync3 infotainment technology, will be able to order and pay for their coffee by connecting to Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, per GeekWire.

In January, Starbucks announced that customers could start making their orders by saying, "Alexa, order my Starbucks." Ford also began rolling out its interactive relationship with Amazon in January by allowing hybrid and electric car owners to control their vehicles from inside their homes using Alexa-enabled devices.

Why it matters: It's another example of Alexa's expanding reach as Amazon tries to find new ways for consumers to engage with the digital voice assistant technology. This summer, the automaker will expand the integration by adding Alexa to its SYNC 3 in-car technology — allowing drivers to press a button to ask for driving directions, sports scores and anything else Alexa would normally do.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.