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