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A man walks into the Uber Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco, California on February 05, 2018. Photo: OSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Lior Ron, the co-founder of Otto, the autonomous driving startup Uber acquired in 2016, is leaving the company, as CNBC first reported and a source confirmed to Axios. Ron was leading Uber Freight at the time of his departure. Uber declined to comment on Ron departure, but said that it remains "fully invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight."

Why it matters: Ron's company and co-founder, Anthony Levandowski, were at the center of a year-long legal battle between Waymo and Uber. Waymo alleged that the startup was an elaborate scheme to bring trade secrets into Uber, though the two settled last month. Levandowski was fired from Uber last May after he declined to cooperate with the lawsuit.

Update: A source familiar with the move tells Axios that Ron's departure isn't related to the recent self-driving crash in Arizona.

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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 tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

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.