Friday, December 19, 2014 1:26 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 ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer wants Argentina to cough up information on dozens of its military and diplomatic assets around the world. And if this implicates state secrets, the Latin American nation should trust Uncle Sam's judge to sort those out, Singer's lawyers told the 2nd Circuit.

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - In exempting the largest national forest from Clinton-era roadless rules, regulators simply demonstrated "why we have elections," Alaska's top attorney told the full 9th Circuit.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     HONOLULU (CN) - Cargill agreed to pay $6.1 million to settle a class action accusing it of falsely advertising its synthetic Truvia sweetener as natural. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Two Florida men, including a star of the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Brothers" television series, have been sentences on charges of conspiracy and illegally trafficking in federally-protected reptiles.

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man who tried to smuggle 46 turtles and tortoises from California to Hong Kong was sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and 500 hours of community service.

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 JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - The 7th Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to classify three Midwestern geographic areas, including Greater Chicago, as having met current ozone standards. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The government's findings that a lumber thinning and fuel reduction project in Northern California would not likely harm the threatened Northern spotted owl were adequate, the 9th Circuit ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 


     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - An Oregon judge denied a request for an injunction from voters who claim the state improperly disqualified 4,600 ballots in an initiative on genetically modified food that lost by 812 votes.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power plants should not await approval of their compatibility with a coastal-protection program, an appeals court ruled. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     (CN) - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to say whether costs should factor into the government's regulation of hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric utilities. 

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 LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - The EPA has failed to adopt safety regulations for nano-silver, which is becoming increasingly widespread in consumer products as an antibacterial agent, the Center for Food Safety claims.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Soy protein may not have the heart health benefits the industry claims, according to a lawsuit filed against the Food and Drug and Administration.

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MADISON, Wis. (CN) - Animal-welfare authorities euthanized a mammoth donkey named Jethro and let a prized Arabian horse die of malnutrition, a federal complaint alleges.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - An Oregon couple sued a pet store that "leases" pets rather than selling them, allegedly to duck licensing laws, and to be able to euthanize the animals if it wants.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - Colorado River Indian Tribes asked a federal judge to reverse approval of the Blythe solar project in the Mojave Desert, claiming the 4,000-acre project will disturb ancestral burial grounds.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - Environmentalists claim the federal government approved 51 offshore drilling permits that will allow fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, without the environmental studies required by law.

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     CONWAY, Ark. (CN) - ExxonMobil exacerbated the 2013 Pegasus pipeline rupture by not immediately reporting the spill, creating the "worst crude oil and tar sands spill in Arkansas history," dozens of families claim in a class action.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - Six environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its "eleventh hour" approval of a project to dredge nearly 500,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lower Snake River.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - Environmentalists across the West - led by Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils - slapped the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management with a lawsuit Monday claiming the agencies haven't done a comprehensive environmental review of the federal government's coal leasing program since 1979, long before climate change became a global menace.

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 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 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 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 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.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     The cows that produce the nation's organic milk spend their days ruminating happily on an idyllic green pasture, usually beside an iconic red barn. That, at least, is what the ubiquitous marketing would tell you. Read more at The Washington Post.

From INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES 

     Africa's giraffes are on a slow march toward extinction due to the pressures of poaching and habitat loss, conservation experts have warned. Read more from International Business Times.

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 

     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.

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 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.

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 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).

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The rufa red knot, a small world-ranging shorebird, has been listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A 111-page decree that the Supreme Court published Monday clarifies the U.S. government and California's respective Pacific Ocean rights. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service announced new measures to protect endangered Steller sea lions in Alaska, which reduce some protections already in place.

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.