Wednesday, October 1, 2014 2:08 PM PT
By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The Marshall Islands urged a federal judge to advance its claims over the failure of the United States to stop the nuclear arms race. 

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas city claims in court it was duped into approving a "feasibly impossible" $2 million wind farm by a businessman who colluded with a state employee to get the project funded.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Federal prosecutors are fighting back after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked a judge to strike allegations in an indictment from the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood. 

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 DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Three South Carolina men have been sentenced for unlawful trapping and killing of migratory birds at a massive hunting preserve on the state's border with Georgia. Prosecutors say the crime has become a widespread problem in the Southeast.

     SAN FRANCISCO - The United States reached a deal Wednesday regarding leaking refrigeration equipment at more than half of Costco's stores nationwide. 

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - References to the pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a neighborhood will remain in an indictment against Pacific Gas and Electric, a federal judge ruled.

By CAROLINE SPARKS 

     (CN) - A federal judge in Florida denied environmentalists requests to tighten limits on off-road-vehicles in the Big Cypress National Preserve, while preserving other claims regarding some 40,000 acres deemed ineligible to be considered "wilderness." 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     RICHMOND, Va. - Two Maryland attorneys who Chevron says participated in the extortionate scheme against it in Ecuador were properly denied privilege, the 4th Circuit ruled. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 


     (CN) - Consumers who claim that the "All Natural" Jamba Juice home smoothie kits they purchased contained non-natural ingredients were granted class certification, but solely for the purposes of determining liability, a federal judge ruled. 

By JONNY BONNER 

     (CN) - Environmentalists' claims that grazing cattle decimated rare cacti in the Capital Reef National Park is a local dispute that belongs in the Beehive State rather than Washington, D.C., a federal judge ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     CINCINNATI (CN) - A Tennessee pet store that lost its license for keeping a dead puppy in the freezer may have a case for violation of due process, the 6th Circuit ruled. 

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 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 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 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 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 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 MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Often drugged and disoriented, patients at a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital found themselves involuntarily discharged, bused to a new city and left with no means to continue treatment or even live, according to a class action lawsuit.

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - After raiding a chicken ranch, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gave away the rancher's 620 hens, killed his 395 roosters, and a Rolex watch went missing too, the chicken farmer claims in court.

     BUFFALO, N.Y. (CN) - In a lawsuit that gives a peep into the economics of the biofuel business, a biofuel company claims a Travelodge breached contract by removing its waste vegetable cooking oil collector and selling its waste oil to a competitor.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Federal Transit Administration's approval of a 16-mile Metro Purple Line project that will cut through the heart of Rock Creek Park will threaten already endangered species and ravage the landscape of Washington, D.C.'s largest park, environmentalists claim in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - Marijuana patients claim in court that San Diego and the California Coastal Commission will foul the air, snarl traffic and force people to grow marijuana indoors, wasting energy and increasing global warming, because of their wrongheaded decision to allow no more than 36 marijuana co-ops in the city.

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Uncle Sam sued a winery and one of its customers for $1.6 million on Friday, claiming the customer drove his car over dry grass on winery property, setting off a wildfire that burned 698 acres, including 4 acres of National Forest.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Whole Foods Market claims its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt has 2 grams of sugar, though it has nearly six times that amount, customers claim in a federal class action.

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.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

By BLOOMBERG 


     The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it's safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Read more at Bloomberg.

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. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Vandenberg monkeyflower is endangeredunder the Endangered Species Act Tuesday.