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1:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

A photo released by Tesla shows its new Powerwall lithium-ion battery pack mounted on the wall (left) of a garage behind one of the company's electric cars.
Tesla Energy

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:32 pm

In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new batteries Thursday night, in a move that had been both highly anticipated and the subject of much speculation. With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside. It's roughly 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

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The Two-Way
12:42 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Baltimore Mayor: 'No One Is Above The Law In Our City'

Meech Johnson celebrates on Friday, after State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:08 pm

"I was sickened and heartbroken by the statement of charges that we heard today, because no one in our city is above the law. Justice must apply to all of us equally."

That's what Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said this afternoon in response to the news that the state's attorney for Baltimore City was bringing charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Pillars Of Creation May Be Gone In 'An Eye Blink In Cosmic Time'

This visualisation of the 3-D structure of the Pillars of Creation is based on new observations of the object using the MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. The pillars actually consist of several distinct pieces on either side of the star cluster NGC 6611. In this illustration, the relative distance between the pillars along the line of sight is not to scale.
ESO/M. Kornmesser

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:58 pm

The Pillars of Creation are arguably the most iconic image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Here's what they look like — in images captured in 1995 and 2014.

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Around the Nation
11:47 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Baltimore Reacts To State Attorney's Announcement Of Charges

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It's All Politics
10:44 am
Fri May 1, 2015

A Rough Week For 2 Potential Presidential Candidates

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley canceled a trip to Europe to try to be part of the solution in Baltimore. That got sidetracked when reporters picked up on comments from city residents who criticized his "tough on crime" policing policies.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 3:24 pm

It's been a tough week for a couple of candidates looking to break through on the presidential stage, namely Chris Christie and Martin O'Malley.

First, in New Jersey, David Wildstein, a former Christie ally and former Port Authority official, pleaded guity Friday to charges related to the "Bridgegate" scandal that closed several lanes of traffic to the George Washington Bridge over four days in 2013, ensnaring cars in massive backups.

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Law
10:08 am
Fri May 1, 2015

State's Attorney: Freddie Gray's Death Was A Homicide

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:47 am

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Ben E. King
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Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:31 pm

Soul Singer Ben E. King, best known for his hit "Stand By Me," has died, his publicist says. He was 76.

Phil Brown, the publicist, says King died Thursday of natural causes.

Born Sept. 28, 1938, in Henderson, N.C., King moved to Harlem, N.Y., at age 9, his biography says.

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Shots - Health News
9:55 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Walking 2 Minutes An Hour Boosts Health, But It's No Panacea

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Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:46 pm

We know that sitting all day is hazardous to our health, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and atherosclerosis. It all sounds pretty dismal, since many of today's jobs require us to be nearly glued to our computer screens. But a tiny two-minute break may help offset that hazard, researchers say.

People who got up and moved around for at least two minutes every hour had a 33 percent lower risk of dying, according to researchers the University Of Utah School Of Medicine.

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It's All Politics
9:14 am
Fri May 1, 2015

How The Vietnam War Put Picking Presidents In The Hands Of The People

A young female protester faces down armed police officers at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 1:38 pm

This week we mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. On our screens and in our memory's eye we can see the helicopters lifting the last, desperate evacuees from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

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It's All Politics
8:58 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Latino 'Panhandlers,' Ted Cruz And The Republican Push For Hispanics

Ted Cruz (left) waits offstage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as he is introduced to speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:37 am

On the Republican side of the 2016 race, this was the week the courting of the Latino vote seemed to begin.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke Wednesday at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., after the group criticized him for skipping their summit last month. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush went on a Spanish-language tour — first to Puerto Rico and then speaking to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Houston.

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