Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:10 PM PT
By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge preliminarily approved a class action settlement in which PepsiCo will monitor levels of a carcinogen in its soft drinks with caramel coloring. 

By TIM RYAN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Blocking a $1.1 billion funding package meant to fight the Zika virus, Senate Democrats condemned the bill's offshoot language that limits funding for birth-control providers and rolls back environmental protections.

By KYLE ANN UNISS 

     COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) - A cancer survivor was awarded $5.1 million after a federal jury found Wednesday that chemical giant DuPont acted with malice by dumping tainted waste into West Virginia waters.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Officials are letting people return to some mountain towns east of Bakersfield as firefighters continue battling what Fire Chief Brian Marshall called "the most destructive wildfire in Kern County history."

By DON DEBENEDICTIS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Trader Joe's will pay $2 million to upgrade its refrigeration systems in an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce leaks of greenhouse gases. 

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - Electric wind on Venus may have wiped out the planet's oceans by removing the components of water from its atmosphere, a recent study found. 

By KARINA BROWN 

     MOSIER, Ore. (CN) - A train carrying crude from the Bakken oil fields to Tacoma derailed Friday in the Columbia River Gorge, leaking oil into the river and causing a fire that billowed smoke for 14 hours.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     CN) - Astronomers from the University of Michigan and University of Maryland are the first to document X-rays bouncing around the outside of a dormant black hole as it prepares to swallow a nearby star.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - BP said it agreed to pay $175 million to settle class-action claims that it misled investors about the size of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - Most of the cosmic rays bombarding the Earth originated in nearby clusters of massive stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, according to new results from NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer spacecraft.

     (CN) - A colony of Africanized honey bees, so-called "killer" bees, has been found near Charleston, S.C., the first time such a hive has been found in the state in 15 years.

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Agriculture officials broke the law when they let organic farmers use compost treated with synthetic pesticides, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

By NICK MCCANN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The Ninth Circuit refused to intervene Tuesday in the recent water-level shakeup of a lake that feeds the Pacific Northwest's Albeni Falls Dam. 

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency must revise its plan to reduce Texas air pollution that blows to other states despite a court order that let the plan take effect, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - A Texan who paid $350,000 to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa cannot sue Delta Airlines for refusing to ship his trophy home because it can ship whatever it chooses, so long as it applies to all passengers equally, a federal judge ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Precision Castparts, one of the nation's worst polluters, poisoned the air in South Portland, Ore., with "hot spots" of carcinogenic heavy metals and toxic chemicals, residents say in a class action.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Reports that a chemical insecticide was found in legal, organically grown marijuana in Oregon have led to a class action lawsuit - not against growers, but against the insecticide maker.

By DAVID LEE 

     FORT WORTH (CN) - A Texas attorney is demanding one-third of the legal fees from a $51 million natural gas royalty settlement between Chesapeake Energy and 13,000 Texas landowners, claiming he developed the "blueprint for victory" while co-counsel got the public "recognition and spotlight."

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - Environmentalists have sued the Bureau of Land Management, claiming it illegally approved drilling of 4,198 oil and gas wells on 147,000 acres in the Colorado River Valley, and leasing another 456,100 acres for other projects.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - The Nez Perce Tribe sued the federal government over a "massive" timber project they say endangers fish and elk in the National Forest that bears the tribe's name.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Efforts to re-establish bull trout in its native Northwest waters have spawned a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration.

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI 

     OJAI, Calif. (CN) - In granting a permit for oil wells whose emissions will violate air standards, a nonprofit watchdog claims in court, Ventura County also approved "use of a road found to be so dangerous that its use for oil tanker traffic was prohibited in 1983."

By MATT COOPER 

     (CN) - A Texas woman claims in court that her 22-week-old son died because the company in charge of her apartment complex failed to do anything about contamination from a leaking cesspool.

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Gray wolves and other threatened species are not getting enough protection in a Minnesota national forest, Greens claim in a federal lawsuit.

By MATTHEW RENDA 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A trade organization representing the oil and gas industry in the American West pushed back against new regulations seeking to cut emissions at refineries in the Bay Area.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - BMW electric car drivers with "range anxiety" - the fear that the electric charge will run out - sued the company in a federal class action, claiming that the "range extenders" it sells can cause a car to decelerate suddenly from freeway speed to 15 mph.

By TED WHEELER 

     LINCOLN, Neb. (CN) - Despite Monsanto's claim that its Roundup weed-killer is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

By JON CHOWN 

     SAN LUIS OBISPO (CN) - Three generations of a family sued a tour business for an off-road collision with a Hummer that left an 8-year-old girl with severe brain and spinal injuries.

By MATTHEW RENDA 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A giant solar power farm on 2,000 acres of grassland in California's Central Valley will threaten the survival of three endangered species, including a fox, environmentalists claim in court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Humane Society sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for information on the amount and value of imported ivory, furs, and wildlife trophies.

By TIM HULL 

     TUCSON (CN) - A conservative think tank claims in court that local officials had stars in their eyes when they approved a $15 million subsidy for a balloon spaceflight company, touted as a high-tech economic boon for Southern Arizona.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A Nevada solar energy project focused light so intensely it incinerated 115 birds in flight, and though the company says it's fixed the problem, the Department of the Interior refuses to release information on it, environmentalists claim in court.

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - As many as 3,000 patients of a Denver hospital may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis by a drug-using, needle-swapping technician, surgical patients say in a federal class action.

By TIM HULL 

     TUCSON (CN) - Widespread destruction of milkweed by herbicides, particularly Roundup, is killing off the monarch butterfly in North America, and the government refuses to list the once plentiful species as threatened, environmental groups claim in court.

By DAVID LEE 

     OKLAHOMA CITY (CN) - A constitutional ballot initiative that would "forever guarantee" the right to farm and ranch in Oklahoma will let factory farms set agricultural policy, a preservation group and state lawmaker group claim in court.

From THE TELEGRAPH 

     When Brazil began its "war" against the Zika virus epidemic, the mosquito was described as enemy number one. But with less than two months until the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the health crisis has now become a battle of public opinion as authorities scramble to convince the world it is safe to host the Games. Read more at The Telegraph.

From CNN 

     A study measuring the extent of coral bleaching in Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is branding some of the northern reef's problem as "extreme." Read more at CNN.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it has finalized a new rule to virtually stop all domestic trade in ivory to address unparalleled elephant poaching.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. population segment of northwestern moose may warrant Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced after a three month petition review.

By RAMON YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - In a nod to World Turtle Day, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced today new protections for four freshwater turtle species to be published tomorrow.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service has agreed with petitioners that the Taiwanese humpback dolphin may warrant federal protection, according to their 90-day finding.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Food and Drug Administration wants to ban electrical stimulation devices to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior: new devices and those already in use.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A critical habitat designation for northern long-eared bats is "not prudent," Fish and Wildlife says, but environmentalists claim industry pressure is the reason protections were denied.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized its listing of the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African coelacanth as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced awards totaling nearly $5 million to Native American and Alaskan tribes for wildlife conservation projects.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's guidance document for acoustic thresholds for marine mammals, expected a year ago, was delayed again to incorporate the Navy's input.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Of requests for status changes for 29 species, only 16 merit further review, including African elephants, pangolins and bumble bees, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed rule.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a field trial of genetically engineered mosquitoes that may help stem the spread of the Zika virus, the agency said Friday.

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