Johnson & Johnson is expanding its medical device division. Photo: Cristina Arias/Cover via Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson is buying Auris Health, a venture-backed maker of surgical robots for lung cancer procedures, for $3.4 billion in cash. Auris could receive another $2.35 billion if the company hits certain unnamed milestones.

The big picture: Frederic Moll founded Auris as well as Intuitive Surgical, the world's predominant maker of surgical robot machines. However, research shows robotic surgery costs a lot more than conventional surgery, but "does not result in statistically better treatment outcomes."

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Why it matters: The outcome of America's election could help determine whether Israel soon faces yet another election of its own.

Louisiana braces for 3rd hurricane in 2 months as Zeta closes in

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta strengthened into a hurricane again early Wednesday and was on track to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana by the afternoon, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.

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Unrest in Philadelphia after fatal police shooting of Black man

Demonstrators rally on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement a "full investigation" would be launched to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of Monday's incident.