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) - 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.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Ocean trash and its impact on the environment and wildlife in Alaska took center stage on Capitol Hill this week, with Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan asking his colleagues to find ways to clean up the mess.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) - A federal judge on Friday described environmentalists' request to block federal approval of a huge solar farm in California as "too complicated" to rule on immediately and took the matter under submission.
(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 trio of studies released Wednesday offered further validation of the connection between the Zika virus and a birth defect that causes small heads and potential brain damage in newborns.
SAN DIEGO (CN) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Southern California couple to six months in prison for smuggling nearly 1,000 protected sea turtle eggs from a small town in Mexico.
PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - California's shellfish industry fought the federal government's termination of a "no-otter zone" along the Southern California coast at a Ninth Circuit hearing.
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.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) - A federal judge tossed animal rights group PETA's claims against Whole Foods, finding it failed to prove claims the grocer was misleading customers as to the treatment of the animals that supplied the store with meat.
(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 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 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 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.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (CN) - The federal government has fast-tracked approval of a dramatic escalation of mining and drilling activity on 6.6 million acres of virgin land in Montana and Wyoming, conservationists claim in court.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -A federal plan to open 2,000 acres of the Klamath River watershed to logging will harm threatened coho salmon and degrade its critical habitat, in violation of the Endangered Species Act, the Karuk Tribe and four environmental groups claim in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Truckling to pressure from the oil industry, Southern California's air quality regulator weakened cap and trade rules for pollutants in the L.A. Basin, which has the most-polluted air in the nation, major environmental groups said in a lawsuit Wednesday.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Saying 1 million young lives are at stake, a Bay Area activist filed a class action against six major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America to try to stop children from being exposed to tobacco products in movies.
(CN) - MillerCoors deceptively marketed and sold its "Coors Light" beer as being exclusively brewed in the Rocky Mountains when in reality it's made in other breweries nowhere near the mountains, a class action claims.
ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - An industrial chemical discovered in the public water system and private wells has ruined home values and the quality of life in a quiet upstate village, a class action filed by four residents claims.
NEW ORLEANS (CN) - Industrial offshore fish farming approved last month for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico is a threat to native and endangered species, the ecosystem, and even the fish we eat, according to a federal lawsuit.
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Alleging a cover-up of the California Coastal Commission's recent firing of its popular executive director Charles Lester, an environmental group has sued the embattled regulator in state court.
MANHATTAN (CN) - More than 16 million Americans' drinking water is contaminated by perchlorate, a byproduct of the defense and aerospace industries that can cause thyroid damage, and the U.S. refuses to regulate it, environmentalists claim in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Army Corps of Engineers habitually dredges and fills along the Los Angeles River without permits, in violation of the Clean Water Act, California claims in court.
CHICAGO (CN) - Chicago has been contaminating its drinking water with lead for years as it tried to fix its aging lead pipes, and it knew it, residents claim in a class action that may have more victims than the fiasco in Flint, Mich.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The National Park Service lets private ranchers raise livestock on 18,000 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore without ever having studied its environmental impact, three environmental groups claim in court.
NEWARK (CN) - In a federal class action similar to the Volkswagen scandal, Mercedes-Benz is accused of programming shutoff devices in its "Clean Diesel" engines to disguise pollution levels "more than 65 times higher" than permitted by law.
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.
(CN) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the first national standards for the usage of opioid painkillers on Tuesday, hoping to offer prescription guidelines to stem the rising tide of addiction and recreational use.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Nearly a decade after listing coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead as threatened species, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday reclassified the Santa Cruz cypress' status from endangered to threatened, due to a fourteen-fold population increase.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The two federal agencies charged with Endangered Species Act implementation have announced policy changes regarding increased state collaboration and the use of new landowner conservation tools.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to delist three recovered California foxes, and to downlist one fox subspecies from endangered to threatened status.