Friday, February 5, 2016 12:52 PM PT
By ANDY OLESKO 

     DETROIT (CN) - Emails released to show who knew what, when, in Michigan about Flint's water crisis show state officials knew nearly a year ago about the link between the contamination and a spike in Legionnaires' disease.

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY 

     (CN) - Best Buy will now charge you a fee to recycle your e-waste as a result of rising recycling costs and dropping prices for recycled glass.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - An emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency Monday, in an effort to stem the spread of the virus before its symptoms and effects are fully known.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Lumber Liquidators will pay more than $13 million in criminal fines and restitution for illegally importing hardwood and other environmental crimes.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - Linked fundamentalist Mormon towns in Utah and Arizona refused to provide water hookups to residents who didn't belong to the church, but connected water for church projects without waiting for an application, a former utility board member testified Thursday.

By NICK CAHILL 

     (CN) - Toxic chemicals from sewage and fertilizer runoffs are damaging U.S. coastal waters and Great Lakes, and the contaminants are creeping up the food chain into fish tissue, federal scientists said. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to preserve the state's net-metering program for rooftop solar owners, but make them pay more for it.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - Snack industry giant Mondelez International - formerly Kraft Foods - has settled claims that its Nabisco Ginger Snap cookies are contaminated with up to nine times the California limit for lead, Attorney General Kamala Harris said. 

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Lawmakers fighting California Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to steer water south to farmers and cities through a pair of tunnels introduced legislation Friday to bring the $15 billion project to voters first.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 


     (CN) - A Delaware cheesemaker agreed to plead guilty to selling tainted cheese connected to a 2014 pathogen outbreak, the government said Friday. 

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - Hunters are "grasping at straws" in their lawsuit challenging Delta Airlines' ban on transporting big-game trophies, the airline claims in a motion to dismiss. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - In response to the massive Porter Ranch gas leak, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday called for a moratorium on new gas wells until existing and decades-old facilities are made safe.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 


     UTICA, N.Y. (CN) - Halting a new marketing campaign Friday by Greek yogurt powerhouse Chobani, a federal judge said it has made false claims about competitors Dannon and Yoplait. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - An appeals court refused to revive Stephen Baldwin's claims regarding oil-spill-cleanup technology fellow actor Kevin Costner developed and tried to employ after the Deepwater Horizon blowout. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     SAN ANTONIO (CN) - A Texas judge refused to dismiss a federal lawsuit accusing the San Antonio Zoo of violating the Endangered Species Act through its treatment of Lucky the Asian elephant. 

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed, with leave to amend, a lawsuit claiming a nature photographer violated copyright laws by asserting ownership over "monkey selfies." 

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     (CN) - The 11th Circuit refused the coal industry's request to review the Mine Safety and Health Administration's final rules on coal dust, which can cause lung disease and explosions. 

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     (CN) - Shot down by the D.C. Circuit, 24 states fighting implementation of anti-pollution federal regulations may press the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal rule that gives consumers an incentive to reduce electricity use during peak periods, when wholesale prices are at their highest. 

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A San Diego public utility is paying off a contract for subsidized electricity it no longer uses and its customers are footing the $80 million bill, the utility claims in court.

     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - McDonald's defrauds customers by claiming its Mozzarella sticks are "100 percent real cheese," because it uses starch as a cheap filler to add weight, a class action claims in Federal Court.

By JONNY BONNER 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A federal breeding program for wild horses whose ancestors "helped settle the West" will reduce herds' genetic health and create a "zoo-like atmosphere," horse-lovers claim in Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - California on Tuesday sued SoCalGas for $440,000 per day in fines for its negligent response to the massive methane gas leak that has displaced thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - In a preemptive strike, Monsanto sued California to try to stop it from listing glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, as a carcinogen.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Honda cars with soy-coated electrical wiring attract mice, rabbits and squirrels, who munch on the snacks, but Honda refuses to cover repairs, drivers from three states say in a federal class action.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - A $1.7 billion freeway project in California's Riverside County will exacerbate the already polluted air, threaten wildlife preserves and displace 171 workers and 396 residents, environmental groups claim in court.

By DARRYL GREER 

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - A paper mill on Vancouver Island has been pumping toxic sludge into a fish-bearing river and desecrating remains of the Halalt First Nation, the group's elected chief claims in a $2 billion lawsuit.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Sierra Club has challenged U2 guitarist The Edge's plan to build five homes on a pristine Malibu ridge, claiming California violated its own environmental laws by approving the development.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE, Idaho (CN) - Environmentalists sued the U.S. Forest Service for authorizing a private mining company to drill 259 exploratory holes up to half a mile deep in forestland at the headwaters of the Boise River.

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     SANTA FE, N.M. (CN) - New Mexico is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over an accident at an abandoned gold mine in Colorado that dumped more than 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas and San Juan rivers.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     (CN) - A new marketing campaign rolled out by Greek yogurt powerhouse Chobani is making multiple stops in federal court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Hundreds of people will lose their homes and businesses and air quality will go from bad to worse if a state project to connect State Route 58 with Interstate 5 goes forward, Bakersfield residents claim in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     POCATELLO, Idaho (CN) - A Forest Service plan to use helicopters to catch and collar elk violates federal law and threatens the sanctity of one of America's last wilderness areas, environmentalists claim in court.

By BIANCA BRUNO 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - SeaWorld San Diego continues to dodge litigation over a planned expansion and how they treat their killer whales and animal trainers, but the theme park showed some teeth in a lawsuit of its own.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine sued the United States Wednesday, claiming its 2015 dietary guidelines downplay the risks of cholesterol: part of a 20-year campaign to increase egg consumption.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - In anticipation of clawing back red snapper quotas from Gulf Coast commercial fishers, feds have "frozen" red snapper fishing altogether, a group of fishermen claim in court.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - President Obama blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to save face at the Paris climate talks, TransCanada claimed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit challenging Obama's power to veto the project that Congress approved.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - Animal lovers sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to try to stop it from sterilizing a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CN) - The Army Corps of Engineers fast-tracked approval of a South Texas barge terminal with no regard for its impact on eight endangered species, a nonprofit claims in Federal Court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BUTTE, Mont. (CN) - The Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) countersued 97 Montanans, claiming their demand for environmental remediation of a smelter site would cost it $100 million more than the plan approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Dollar General sells its house brand of motor oil though it's "not safe for cars manufactured within the past 27 years," and conceals it in small print on the label, a federal class action claims.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Environmental groups sued Kern County for a zoning revision they say will allow the oil industry to drill 73,000 new oil wells in unincorporated areas - 10 a day for 20 years.

By JOCELYN RARDIN 

     NORFOLK, Va. (CN) - A Virginia family says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stole their pet chihuahua and euthanized the dog within 24 hours, and they want $7 million for their loss.

By ZACK HUFFMAN 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - With Vale facing multibillion-dollar liability for a fatal dam explosion in Brazil, investors say in a federal action that the mining giant concealed its role in the environmental disaster.

By ALEX PICKETT 

     (CN) - A trio of sea turtles are the unlikely plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Broward County, Fla. and the state Department of Environmental Protection, among others, of allowing beach activities that disrupt the creatures' nesting environment.

By MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL 

     A vicious squirrel is on the prowl in Novato. What's been reported as a gray fox squirrel has jumped from trees and scampered into classrooms and garages to attack a total of eight people in northwest Novato in past weeks, and the Marin Humane Society is on the hunt to find the perpetrator before more attacks ensue. Read more at the Marin Independent Journal.

By USA TODAY 

     As part of its effort to act against climate change, the Obama administration has taken a sweeping stance to reduce food waste by 50% in the next 15 years. Read more at USA Today.

By FOX NEWS 

     About one-third of U.S. children and teens eat pizza or other fast food every day, a new government report shows. That's about the same as it was in the 1990s. Read more at Fox News.

By U.S. NEWS 

     Federal regulators refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, a New Mexico official said Thursday. Read more at U.S. News.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service has dramatically extended critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, further protecting crucial breeding and feeding grounds.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday designated critical habitat for two rare cacti species in Florida that are endangered by rising sea levels and collection.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service listed the Banggai cardinalfish as a threatened species due to diminishing coral reefs, climate change and aquarium trade collection, Wednesday.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service announced that a Defenders of Wildlife petition to list the whitetip shark as endangered or threatened has merit.

By RAMOND YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will review eleven out of 17 species that were petitioned for action under the Endangered Species Act.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced their updated dietary guidelines for the next five years, which focus on preventing chronic disease.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Bees won a small victory Wednesday when federal regulators announced that an insecticide used nationwide on grains, vegetables and fruit threatens honeybees.

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Animal rights activists concede the United States has given meaningful protection to African lions.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - The federal government said Wednesday that it lightened restrictions for clinical trials on marijuana extract cannabidiol, a move it says will streamline medicinal research.

     (CN) - Most beef and pork sold in the United States no longer requires a country-of-origin label after such requirements were stripped through an omnibus budget attachment passed by Congress.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it is proposing the Miami tiger beetle, once considered extinct, for protection as an endangered species.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - To protect wheat exports, permits will be required to grow any genetically engineered (GE) trials of wheat as of Jan. 1, the nation's agriculture agency said.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed updating 50-year-old regulations for non-federal oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands Friday.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated a Monsanto corn strain genetically engineered (GE) to produce bigger ears.

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