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Elon Musk announced on Twitter Wednesday that Tesla cars can now be bought in the U.S. using bitcoin.

Why it matters: The decision comes after the company bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin in February, a move which makes Musk "something of a hero to the bitcoin faithful. Those people are often affluent, tech-savvy early adopters — exactly the market that Tesla is targeting with its cars," Axios' Felix Salmon writes.

  • Tesla's embrace of bitcoin seems inconsistent, as the company's image as environmentally-friendly could be tarnished by the cryptocurrency's massive carbon footprint.

Details: Musk explained that the company is using "only internal and open source software" to accept the cryptocurrency, and said that the bitcoin obtained by the company will not be converted to fiat currency.

  • People outside the U.S. will be able to buy Tesla with bitcoins "later this year," Musk said.

Go deeper: Why Tesla went into bitcoin

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What we know about the victims of the Indianapolis mass shooting

Officials load a body into a vehicle at the site of the mass shooting in Indianapolis. Photo:

Eight people who were killed along with several others who were injured in a Thursday evening shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis have been identified by local law enforcement.

The big picture: The Sikh Coalition said at least four of the eight victims were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.

Pompeo, wife misused State Dept. resources, federal watchdog finds

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department's independent watchdog found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules when he and his wife asked department employees to perform personal tasks on more than 100 occasions, including picking up their dog and making private dinner reservations.

Why it matters: The report comes as Pompeo pours money into a new political group amid speculation about a possible 2024 presidential run.