Monday, October 20, 2014 1:39 PM PT
By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - The University of Washington agreed to nearly triple the size of its primate research lab at a closed "dinner meeting" to shield the Board of Regents from public accountability, an animal rights group claims in court.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - The group charged with cleaning up a Superfund site in Harris County, Texas, sued more than 600 companies, demanding they contribute to the site's multimillion dollar remediation costs.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - The chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources will apologize to a U.S. House committee for its Dallas hospital's mishandling of the first domestic case of Ebola, which resulted in two nurses contracting the deadly disease.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - The rapid decline of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Atlantic had led the European Commission to emergency measures in 2008.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Larry Collins has been fishing up and the down the coast of California for three decades. "I've watched this business go from a huge employer and just downsize, downsize and downsize," he says.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is seeking a restraining order to block the disposal of incinerated waste from the Dallas Ebola victim's personal belongings at a Louisiana landfill.

By CHRIS MARSHALL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A slaughterhouse employee admitted he swapped out diseased cow heads and carved "USDA Condemned" out of cow carcasses to push tainted meat onto the market. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 


     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Making good on a debate promise earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that bans single-use plastic grocery bags statewide.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - A case where New Yorkers used local zoning codes to keep hydrofracking at bay will not face rehearing, the state's high court said.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Military families allegedly exposed to contaminated drinking water in North Carolina are out of luck in their civil suit, the 11th Circuit ruled, relying on Supreme Court precedent. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Property owners in Palm Beach County, Fla., may sue an airplane manufacturer for allegedly contaminating the groundwater with toxic chemicals, the 11th Circuit ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge tentatively approved a $5.25 million class action settlement that claims Ghirardelli's white chocolate chips do not contain any white chocolate. 

By TED WHEELER 

     OMAHA (CN) - Nebraska "jumped the gun" in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas emission limits for new power plants, as the EPA regulations are not yet in place, a federal judge said in dismissing the state's complaint. 

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - Three snowy white owls - the bird made popular as Hedwig in the Harry Potter stories - were properly shot down to protect New York City's airspace, a federal judge ruled. 

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MILWAUKEE (CN) - The self-proclaimed pioneer behind power tools fueled by lithium-ion batteries filed eight federal patent-infringement suits.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is endangering public health by failing to declare the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin and San Joaquin Valley in violation of particulate matter air pollution standards, the Sierra Club claims in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Just 35 breeding wolverines remain in the United States yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuses to list the species as threatened, environmentalists claim in court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     (CN) - An erosion-abatement plan that calls for the construction of up to 17,500 sea walls and bulkheads violates environmental law, conservation groups claim in Federal Court.

By TED WHEELER AND LACEY LOUWAGIE 


     (CN) - Seed giant Syngenta faces billion-dollar class actions in three states, claiming China is rejecting U.S. corn shipments because Syngenta released a genetically altered variety before the crop was approved for export to China.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Kern County illegally approved expansion of a local refinery that will let it transport and process 70,000 barrels of crude oil a day, environmentalists claim in court.

By CHRISTINE STUART 

     HARTFORD (CN) - The heating oil industry in Connecticut has filed suit over plans for a 900-mile expansion of natural gas lines there, calling for an environmental study.

By GINA CARRANO 


     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A gas line explosion and fire that killed a woman and leveled homes in South Jersey came after Public Service Electric & Gas refused to cut off gas service to a development with a gas leak, two workers who were injured in the blast claim in court.

By RENI ANGUELOVA 

     VISTA, Calif. (CN) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals defamed a 90-year-old woman who raises chinchillas as pets, in videos "laced with photos and video of other chinchilla farms," to raise money for itself, the woman claims in court.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Major railroads sued California, challenging its new crude oil safety rules, claiming that state regulation of oil transportation is preempted by federal law.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CN) - More than 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer Healthcare for its Mirena intrauterine device, which allegedly "migrates" after insertion, but until last week few if any of them claimed that it migrated from the uterus to the rectum.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - Efforts to shore up Fire Island and prevent more damage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy threaten the "survival and recovery" of the threatened Atlantic Coast piping plover, the National Audubon Society claims in Federal Court.

By DARRYL GREER 


     (CN) - Pesticides made by Bayer and Syngenta are causing the mass die-offs of Canadian honeybees, honey producers claim in a $400 million class action.

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A pest control company killed dozens of koi during a botched insecticide spray, a farm claims, leaving the business with only four of the prized fish.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Animal rights advocates sued the federal government for repeatedly renewing the license of an Iowa zoo that they claim is replete with inhumane conditions, including animal enclosures filled with feces, undrinkable water and rodent infestation.

By DARRYL GREER 

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - Amid fierce public debate about keeping whales in captivity, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation overstepped its bounds by banning cetacean breeding in the city, the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre claims in court.

By ABC NEWS 

     A North Carolina drugmaker plans to test its experimental antiviral drug in patients who have Ebola, after getting authorization from regulators at the Food and Drug Administration. Read more at ABC News.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     The United States Department of Agriculture plans to announce that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers' markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming. Read more at The New York Times.

By WASHINGTON EXAMINER 

     Environmental Protection Agency officials spent millions of tax dollars over a dozen years on an alternative asbestos removal study that "threatened human health," according to a new report. Read more at the Washington Examiner.

From REUTERS 

     Singapore's air pollution rose to unhealthy levels, the National Environment Agency said, as winds changed direction and brought in light smoke from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Read more at Reuters.

By CTPOST 

     Several types of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled by manufacturers according to a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including some from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Read more at CTPost.com.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the West Coast population of fisher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Months after announcing an extensive expansion to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, President Barack Obama proclaimed a modified expansion hammered out with opponents from the fishing industry.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Citing new information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed itself by withdrawing a 2012 proposal to delist the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from protected status. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revised critical habitat for the Canada lynx and removed state boundary limitations on the cat's U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) in a rule published Friday. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Three extremely rare Caribbean plants now have federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been expanded to nearly ten times its former size according to a final rule published Friday. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Oregon spotted frog as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Friday.