Scott Pruitt. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration is eyeing significant changes to President Obama's fuel efficiency standards, including a possible freeze on the standards for cars and light trucks, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The draft proposal by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls for freezing the standards at 2021 levels and holding them in place until 2026, per the Post. It also targets California's fuel-efficiency rules by rolling back an Obama administration mandate that allowed the state to set its own emissions limits.

  • Per WaPo, California's high standards have resulted in manufacturers building "more fuel-efficient automobiles to maintain access to California's massive market."
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has argued that one state shouldn't "dictate" the rules for the rest of the country.
  • Democrats and environmental groups pushed back on the proposal, per the Post, but NHTSA officials said the review of the proposal will be "public, robust, and transparent."

What's next: The draft is not yet final, and hasn't been signed off on by the EPA, nor has it been sent to the White House. Before it's finalized, it would be open for public comment.

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"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

Details: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

Two officers shot in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor protests

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Ben Hendren/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Louisville Metro Police Department said two officers were shot downtown in the Kentucky city late Wednesday, just hours after a grand jury announced an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case.

Details: A police spokesperson told a press briefing a suspect was in custody and that the injuries of both officers were not life-threatening. One officer was "alert and stable" and the other was undergoing surgery, he said.

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