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Close-up of Lyft logo in a car window. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

During its first quarter earnings, Lyft announced a partnership through which Waymo — Alphabet's autonomous driving unit — will deploy 10 vehicles on the ride-hailing company's service in Phoenix, where Waymo is already testing its cars.

Why it matters: Alphabet is an investor in both Lyft and Uber, and the latter is set to finally go public at the end of the week.

The cars will all be deployed by the end of Q3 and will have safety drivers during the rides, the company specified during an earnings call with analysts following the announcement.

The bigger picture: For Waymo, this will be yet another avenue for the company to test its vehicles with more customers as part of its ambitions to operate a commercial ride-hailing service with self-driving cars.

  • And for Lyft, this goes back to its original approach to self-driving cars: its Open Platform, through which it hoped to welcome a myriad of partners to deploy and test their vehicles on its service.

Editor's note: The story has been updated with more information about Lyft's strategy and about the partnership.

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NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.