Friday, September 19, 2014 1:26 PM PT
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.

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.

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 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 DAVE TARTRE 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The U.S. government has setted its claim for unpaid cleanup costs related to the spill of 422 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay. 

By CHRIS MARSHALL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -- A Northern California slaughterhouse swapped out diseased cow heads and told workers to carve "USDA Condemned" out of cow carcasses in order to push tainted meat onto the consumer market, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in Federal Court. 

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

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A handful of administrative subpoenas issued by the federal agency investigating the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill are allowed to stand, the 5th Circuit ruled. 

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - Though they will likely burden another company, deep discounts that the government gave to clean mining operations did not violate federal law, the 9th Circuit ruled. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Though it may chill environmental challenges of public-works projects, government agencies that bite back and win are still entitled to big payouts, a California appeals court found Monday. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - European nations can offer incentives for green energy produced domestically, the EU's highest court ruled Thursday. 

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE, Idaho (CN) - Idaho's "ag-gag law," new legislation criminalizing the secret filming of "agricultural production," may be unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled. 

By NICK DIVITO 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. government need not provide unredacted documents as to why it barred the importation of Canadian bison carcasses, a federal judge ruled. 

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 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 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 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 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 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.

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California's ban on importing, transporting and possessing mountain lions hunted outside of California is unconstitutional, a hunting club claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Donors claim in court that anti-whaling activist Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society took donations from them under false pretenses, by intentionally sinking the ship they gave to the cause and then blaming Japanese whalers, to solicit more donations.

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) - 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 determined that the Vandenberg monkeyflower is endangeredunder the Endangered Species Act Tuesday. 

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) - Two small minnows found only in Texas now have endangered status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also designated critical habitat for the fish in the Upper Brazos River Basin in 11 Texas counties. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed two Southern Florida butterflies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated more than 22,000 acres of critical habitat for the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak in a separate action.