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Grocery delivery company Instacart is closing on $150 million in new funding from existing investors like Coatue Management, Axios has learned. It's an extension of a Series E round first disclosed in February, which now totals $350 million at a $4.35 billion post-money valuation.

One big development between the investments was that Instacart added Sam's Club to its partner roster. While it's a stand-alone deal, it also could eventually impact what we hear are ongoing negotiations between Instacart and Sam's Club parent company, Walmart.

  • Inking Walmart would be a supermarket sweep for Instacart, which already does deliveries for most other top U.S. grocers, including Kroger, Albertsons, Costco and Publix.
  • Instacart still isn't commenting on details of its contract with Whole Foods, which was signed well before Amazon purchased the grocer. Instacart originally said it had the exclusive right to deliver perishables for Whole Foods, but Amazon recently launched a rival service in select markets.
  • A company spokesman did, however, confirm the new $150 million investment.
  • Instacart has now raised just over $1 billion in total funding since its 2012 formation. In addition to Coatue, backers include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Glade Brook Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures and Thrive Capital.

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The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.

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A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

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The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.