Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:43 PM PT
By JONATHAN HARGRAVES 

     (CN) - Six environmental groups asked a federal judge to stop the offshore oil industry from encroaching on habitat vital to legally protected Pacific walruses in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska.

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 DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - The former chief executive of the Massey Energy Company was indicted on charges stemming from a 2010 mine disaster in West Virginia that left 29 men dead.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Berkeley became the first city in the United States to pass a soda tax, while a similar measure in San Francisco failed with voters.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - Voters in Denton, Texas, approved a ballot measure banning fracking Tuesday, setting the stage for a legal battle between mineral-rights holders and energy companies in the drilling-friendly state.

By DAN MCCUE 


     (CN) - The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world's largest fertilizer producer, has agreed to pay over $53 million to settle claims its facilities in the United States routinely violated the Clean Air Act.

By TIM HULL 

     CN) - State and federal wildlife officials properly allow helicopters to "haze" wild bison back into Yellowstone National Park in the spring, the 9th Circuit ruled, finding little proof that the operation harms grizzly bears. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The U.S. Forest Service must face claims that it will disrupt the northern spotted owl's habitat if it allows logging in a burned portion of the Shasta-Trinity Forest, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAVID LEE 

     (CN) - Claims that the U.S. government has inadequately protected the extinction-threatened lesser prairie chicken should fly to Tulsa, a federal judge in Washington ruled.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     (CN) - The Secretary of Commerce must face claims that she failed to list the Northwest Atlantic Porbeagle shark population as endangered despite ample scientific evidence, a federal judge ruled. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The Supreme Court was in stitches today during a tortuous but lighthearted inquisition on the definition of "object" and the moral corruptness of wrongful fish disposal.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - A European Commission scheme to force Spanish citrus growers to label products that have been chemically treated in post-harvest processing has been given the go-ahead by the EU's lower court. 

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - BP's motion to fire the claims administrator handing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case was denied by a federal judge who also scolded the energy company for attempting to "flout" the court's briefing orders. 

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     GALLUP, N.M. (CN) - One oil company has sued another in Federal Court, claiming the defendant's fracking is ruining the wells from which the plaintiff extracts its oil and gas.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Billions of fish and hundreds of protected species are killed each year by power plants' water intakes, which federal agencies allow in defiance of laws, environmentalists claim in court.

By NICK MCCANN 

     MEDFORD, Ore. (CN) - Alfalfa farmers in southern Oregon sued Jackson County for $4.2 million, for crops they may have to destroy because of the county ban on genetically engineered plants.

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - An animal defense group sued a National City mall for the right to protest outside one of its tenants, which allegedly buys dogs from puppy mills.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Despite eight years of prodding, the federal government refuses to protect the threatened Canada lynx, environmental groups claim in two federal lawsuits.

By NICK MCCANN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The day after a worker at a wild cat sanctuary texted her boss about her fears of being left alone with the animals, a cougar killed her, the woman's family claims in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE, Idaho (CN) - An "Idaho Predator Hunt Derby" targeting gray wolves, coyotes and even starlings is unprecedented and illegal, environmentalists claim in two federal lawsuits.

By TIM HULL 

     TUCSON (CN) - Livestock grazing in Arizona National Forests is trampling two threatened snakes and their aquatic habitat out of existence, environmentalists claim in a pre-suit notice.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is wrongly trying to charge Louisiana $1 billion for wetlands restoration work the federal government already promised to pay for, a federal lawsuit claims.

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN)-The Sierra Club and other environmentalists say the Secretary of State violated environmental laws by approving the construction of a new border-crossing crude oil pipeline without first completing a review of the pipeline's environmental impacts.

By JONATHAN HARGRAVES 

     HONOLULU (CN) - Joining a collective of workers, farmers and businesses, Monsanto has taken aim at a ballot initiative that bans new genetically engineered crops within Maui.

By CHRIS FRY 

     HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - Four separate class action lawsuits filed against the maker of Tito's Handmade Vodka claim the distiller's product is anything but made by human hands.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - The Texas energy lobby wasted no time responding to Denton voters' approval of a first-in-state fracking ban, suing the city within hours of the polls closing.

By DARRYL GREER 

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - Residents of a Vancouver, B.C. suburb have ramped up opposition to a Kinder Morgan subsidiary's plans to expand an oil pipeline in the city.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     NEWARK, N.J. (CN) - The makers of Gerber Good Start Gentle formula cannot substantiate claims that the product prevents infants from developing allergies, federal regulators say.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Elk hunting in Grand Teton National Park is noisy and dangerous, and this year's hunt was approved illegally, two nature photographers say in a federal lawsuit.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -- A federal class action claims Wal-Mart and a manufacturer posed "extreme dangers to infant children," citing a warning that the manufacturer's baby wipes may be contaminated with bacteria.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Funds earmarked for clean water should not help New York finance the Tappan Zee Bridge's replacement, environmentalists say in court.

By FOOD SAFETY NEWS 


     The Environmental Working Group - famous for its list of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides - has now released a "Dirty Dozen" guide for food additives. Read more at Food Safety News.

By WIRED 

     Helmut Smits's installation piece is titled The Real Thing. It's a nod to the long running Coca-Cola campaign that kicked off in 1969, and it's also sarcastic. As Smits says, "of course water is the real thing." Read more at Wired.

By ABC NEWS 

     Cooking your meals is so last century. Food now makes it onto your plate and into your stomach in a number of ways that never touch a pot, pan or oven. Read more at ABC News.

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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The majestic African lion has been proposed for threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with a special exemption for trophy hunting under certain circumstances. 

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.