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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

EPA chief: ‘Climate change is not a religion’

- The Washington Times

Seeking a 6 percent budget increase in the upcoming fiscal year, Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy on Wednesday assured skeptical Republicans her efforts will be driven solely by science and won’t be beholden to any political ideology.

What’s really behind Ben Carson’s appeal

- The Washington Times

The political marketplace is often a shrill, cluttered place. But when likely presidential hopeful Ben Carson speaks, people pause. They heed his words. Why is that? “There’s a calmness, a humbleness about him. He has the ability to listen. Americans haven’t really seen these qualities on the public stage before,” Terry Giles tells Inside the Beltway.

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Suzette Shaw, left, a homeless woman, joins others protesting a police shooting of a homeless man on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in downtown Los Angeles. There was a moment of silence at the site of the shooting where several dozen people rallied Tuesday in protest. The group then marched toward the downtown police administration building, the site of a meeting of the city Police Commission, a panel of civilians who oversee the Police Department. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

- Associated Press

Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

CORRECTS DATE Kansas state Reps. Sharon Schwartz, left, a Washington Republican, and Gene Suellentrop, right, a Wichita Republican, confer during a House Appropriations Committee meeting, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee is proposing to launch a hunt for budget efficiencies. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Hunt for savings marks Kansas lawmakers' second-half start

- Associated Press

Kansas legislators were looking for budget savings Wednesday after returning to the Statehouse for the second half of their annual session, but also had lobbying laws and rules for social service programs on their agenda.

Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National People's Congress, waits for questions from journalists during a press conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, March 4, 2015. China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China plays down US concerns over anti-terror legislation

- Associated Press

China played down U.S. concerns that proposed anti-terror legislation would give the Chinese government sweeping power to police electronic communications and marginalize foreign companies fighting for a share of China's $465 billion technology market, saying Wednesday that the law is purely designed to address domestic security issues.

Ex-CIA chief may avoid prison for leaking military secrets

- Associated Press

If he manages to avoid prison, former CIA director David Petraeus' guilty plea for providing reams of classified material to his mistress will result in far more lenient punishment than that often meted for leaking the nation's secrets.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

Associated Press

Kentucky lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to reopening the state's two-year budget to supply taxpayer money for a new medical research building at the University of Kentucky, with the goal of increasing efforts to combat high disease rates plaguing Kentuckians.

Los Angeles Police detective Meghan Aguilar points at photos released by police that could indicate evidence of a suspect holding a police officer's gun, seen in a video grab scene shot by a witness at the scene of the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, displayed at a news conference at police headquarters Monday, March 2, 2015. Chief Charlie Beck says officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row after he grabbed an officer's holster during a struggle. Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed the man on Sunday, as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions have viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted by US marshals

- Associated Press

A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said Tuesday.

In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control

- Associated Press

Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years.