Friday, March 27, 2015 1:14 PM PT
By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Two Texans jailed for videos they made showing the torture and killing of puppies and kittens might be federally charged for the footage after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their case.

     WACO, Texas (CN) - The owner of a Texas taxidermy shop pleaded guilty to fudging his records after selling black rhinoceros horns to an Irish traveler among other non-Texas residents.

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A Canadian antiques dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and coral.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion drought package, though one Republican senator criticized the two bills for "expand(ing) the authority of the government."

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     PIERRE, S.D. (CN) - A longtime sewer superintendent in South Dakota could face jail time if convicted of falsifying records about wastewater discharged into the Missouri River. 

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California used more solar power in 2014 than all other states combined, and became the first to get more than 5 percent of its energy from utility-scale solar power, according to a federal study released Tuesday.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - MTU America Inc., a manufacturer of heavy duty diesel engines, will pay $1.2 million and place stronger controls on its emissions testing program to settle EPA claims it violated the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department announced. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - It will cost $6 million to $8 million and 10 years of work to protect Las Vegas from a dry cleaner's polluting groundwater with a carcinogenic chemical. 

By MARIA DINZEO 

     (CN) - California is forcing fishermen to treat shark fins "like plutonium," a lawyer representing dozens of Chinese business owners told the 9th Circuit on Wednesday.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN)- D.S.C. of Newark Enterprises paid the federal government $22 million to cover the cost for the cleanup of the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, N.J.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California's water regulator Tuesday imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions, limiting outdoor watering to two days a week for millions of residential and commercial customers.

By PAT PEMBERTON 

     SANTA BARBARA (CN) - When a lake was discovered under the Slippery Rock Ranch near Santa Barbara three years ago, the owners quickly realized the aquifer was more precious than the avocado trees above it - and it had a wealthy neighbor willing to pay for it.

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - An animal control officer and five others allegedly involved in the arrest of a dog rehabilitator operating out of Michael Vick's former dogfighting arena must face conspiracy claims filed against them, a federal judge ruled. 

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     HONOLULU (CN) - Farmers in Maui may continue to grow genetically engineered crops without facing penalties and imprisonment, a federal judge ruled. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled. 

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cannot use Canadian land to claim that it's providing enough habitat for endangered caribou, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAVID WELLS 

     (CN) - Wind-turbine opponents failed to persuade a federal judge that concern for the endangered Indiana bat justifies their challenge of an Ohio wind farm. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 



     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Jamba Juice will stop labeling its home smoothie kits "all natural" under a federal class action settlement a judge approved Wednesday. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     RENO, Nev. (CN) - A federal judge dismissed with prejudice a complaint that sought to make the federal government immediately begin removing thousands of wild horses and burros in Nevada. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit declined environmentalists' calls for tougher regulation of smog in Southern California, ruling that federal standards to limit the pollution are adequate. 

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - Moving two zoo elephants from Seattle to Oklahoma will cause the animals undue suffering and violate the Endangered Species Act, animal activists claim in court.

By SEAN KELLY 

     WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Organo Gold coffee contains a mushroom with dangerous blood-thinning properties unknown to consumers, a class claims in court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The oil and trucking industries claim Oregon's Clean Fuels Program is unconstitutional, unenforceable and discriminatory, and asked a federal judge to block it.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - To help a pair of chimpanzees being held captive on Long Island, a New York judge must declare them legal "persons," a group says in court.

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     (CN) - A farmer in Northern Mariana claims in court that she spent thousands of dollars to improve 11.9 hectares of leased public land, only to be told that the Commonwealth's "big boss" wants the land back.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CN) - The gas and oil industry claims a new Bureau of Land Management rule regulating fracking on federal land places "arbitrary and unnecessary burdens" on it.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     DES MOINES, Iowa (CN) - Three Iowa drainage districts are threatening the Des Moines drinking water supply by dumping nitrate runoff into the Raccoon River, the Des Moines water board claims in court.

By RYAN KOCIAN 

     AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - Twenty Texans who own 406 square miles of the Texas Panhandle sued the state for trying to force them to join a water conservation district.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - A federal wolf management plan to protect livestock will kill more than half of Washington's 52 known gray wolves and violate environmental laws, conservationists claim in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN  

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - Environmentalists sued San Diego County and five solar power companies, claiming a massive proposed solar project will destroy thousands of acres of "irreplaceable wildlife habitat."

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's approval of 130 fracking permits in the New Mexico's Four Corners region threatens an environment that includes extensive prehistoric Native American relics, Navajo environmentalists claim in court.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - FEMA's plan to clear-cut and chip eucalyptus in the hills above UC-Berkeley and spread the wood chips up to 2 feet deep will not reduce fire risk but increase it, a conservation group claims in court.

     (CN) - Lumber Liquidators faces a slew of class actions across the country accusing it of falsely advertising Chinese-made flooring that emits illegal levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde.

By NICK MCCANN 

     OLYMPIA, Wash. (CN) - A giant oil terminal project near the mouth of the Columbia River threatens the river and communities throughout the West Coast, environmental and community groups say.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Federal approval of the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup has caused the monarch butterfly population to plummet 90 percent since 1997, environmentalists claim in Federal Court.

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MADISON, Wis. (CN) - The owner of two rescue dogs in rural Wisconsin has filed a federal complaint against Fall River's law on keeping pit bulls.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A ban on the sale of puppies from out-of-state breeders goes too far to regulate puppy mills, several businesses claim in Federal Court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 


     MANHATTAN (CN) - The National Resources Defense Council thinks there may be something fishy lurking beneath the surface of a proposed federal rule undermining state regulations of the shark fin trade.

By JON COTTRELL 

     ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - Army Corps of Engineers levee-building is threatening endangered birds and fish in one of the last wild stretches near the headlands of the Rio Grande in the mountains of New Mexico, WildEarth Guardians claims in court.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dodged public comment rules and gave an oil company permission to frack in wetlands adjacent to the drinking water source for more than a million people, the Town of Abita Springs claims in a lawsuit.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     CN) - The federal government needs to determine whether three fish species native to the Southeastern U.S., should be listed as endangered or threatened, greens claim in Federal Court.

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CN) - One day after federal officials confirmed that the first gray wolf to visit the Grand Canyon in 70 years had been shot to death, ranchers and cattlemen sued the United States for the right to kill more of them.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. Read more at The New York Times.

By THE DAILY CALLER 

     The Environmental Protection Agency has defended its decision to fund university experiments that tested deadly air pollutants on children, saying the studies were approved by review boards and were stopped after the agency banned the practice in 2006. Read more at The Daily Caller.

By CLEVELAND.COM 

     A California smoked salmon distributor is recalling more than 30 varieties of its products due to the potential for contamination with Listeria, a potentially dangerous food-borne bacterium. Read more at Cleveland.com.

By SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS 

     A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths. Read more at San Jose Mercury News.

By THE GUARDIAN 

     China granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. Read more at The Guardian.

By NJ.COM 

     A major supplier to Chinese food restaurants throughout the Northeast and into the Midwest was found to have rodent nests in coolers, flying birds, and feces on food in its warehouse, the Food and Drug Administration said. Read more at NJ.com.

By ABC NEWS 

     The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years. Read more at ABC News.

By THE WASHINGTON POST 

     After conservationists warned that the monarch butterfly's population is declining in a "deadly free fall," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are reviewing a proposal to include it on the endangered species list, the federal agency announced. Read more at The Washington Post.

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Consumer groups requested the Food and Drug Administration ban certain oil and water repellents on food wrappings, and certain additives in food containers.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A status review of sea turtles has sparked a proposal to downlist two populations that have recovered through conservation efforts, but other populations continue to decline.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has finalized an expansionfor two marine sanctuaries off the California coast that more than doubles the previously protected areas.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed that the Tanzanian population of the African coelacanth, an ancient fish species, be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for the western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolf populations, in compliance with court orders.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - An orca known as Lolita, captive for 40 years, is now considered endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but obstacles remain in freeing her.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Obama administration's recent actions regarding offshore energy development in Arctic waters drew criticism and a vow to fight back from Alaska's republican leaders.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama has taken action to preserve Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed listing six foreign marine species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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