Friday, February 27, 2015 12:43 PM PT
By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California's drought and warming climate could have disastrous effects on public health and infectious diseases, without drought-adaptation planning, state officials said.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Former pet store owner Gloria Lee will serve 5 to 14 years in state prison for trying to burn down her pet shop with 25 puppies and two older dogs inside.

By BARBARA WALLACE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - President Barack Obama has designated Colorado's Browns Canyon a National Monument, preserving some 21,000 acres of desert wilderness for outdoor recreation and scientific study.

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     HONOLULU (CN) - After it took nine months to substitute counsel in a 13-year-old environmental case, Guam urged the 9th Circuit to show that the delay harmed it.


     (CN) - The Federal Trade Commission charged the maker of an alleged mosquito repellent wristband with making deceptive and unsubstantiated claims about its product. 

By YAWANA WOLFE 

     (CN) - A CSX train hauling millions of gallons of oil continued to burn in Fayette County, West Va., Tuesday, a day after it derailed in a snowstorm, dumping crude into a river and forcing the evacuation of about 1,000 residents of nearby communities.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Conservation and sport-fishing groups filed protests Tuesday against the California State Water Resources Control Board, demanding it forgo a proposal to increase the amount of water pumped from the drought-stricken Delta.

By TED WHEELER 

     YORK, Neb. (CN) - A second judge in as many weeks granted a temporary injunction to Nebraska landowners who want to stop a land grab by TransCanada Keystone Pipeline for its Keystone XL project. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed one of two convictions against a Florida man who harvested undersized red grouper in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. 

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - BP can be fined as much as $4,300 per barrel of oil lost in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge ruled.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - The Makah Tribe can pursue its claim against the Quileute and Quinault tribes over disputed fishing grounds in a bench trial in March, a federal judge ruled. 

By KEVIN KOENINGER 

     COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) - Local zoning regulations cannot supersede state law when it comes to drilling for oil and natural gas, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled. 

By MATT COOPER 

     AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - An offshore oil-rig operator need not cover BP for undersea pollution tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Texas Supreme Court ruled. 

By KEVIN KOENINGER 

     MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - Plans for snowmobile trail in a Minnesota forest pose no major environmental problems, a federal judge ruled, ending a protracted legal battle between environmentalists and the U.S. Forest Service. 

By DAN MCCUE 


     (CN) - Food and Water Watch, a food safety advocacy group, lacks standing to challenge new poultry plant inspection rules issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a federal judge ruled. 

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Threats to the endangered Okinawa dugong, a manatee-like marine mammal, are not enough to stop construction of a military base in Okinawa, a federal judge ruled. 

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Environmentalists mostly failed to challenge California studies for statewide fish hatcheries and stocking operations, an appeals court ruled. 

By JON COTTRELL 

     ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - Army Corps of Engineers levee-building is threatening endangered birds and fish in one of the last wild stretches near the headlands of the Rio Grande in the mountains of New Mexico, WildEarth Guardians claims in court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 


     MANHATTAN (CN) - The National Resources Defense Council thinks there may be something fishy lurking beneath the surface of a proposed federal rule undermining state regulations of the shark fin trade.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     CN) - The federal government needs to determine whether three fish species native to the Southeastern U.S., should be listed as endangered or threatened, greens claim in Federal Court.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dodged public comment rules and gave an oil company permission to frack in wetlands adjacent to the drinking water source for more than a million people, the Town of Abita Springs claims in a lawsuit.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A ban on the sale of puppies from out-of-state breeders goes too far to regulate puppy mills, several businesses claim in Federal Court.

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CN) - One day after federal officials confirmed that the first gray wolf to visit the Grand Canyon in 70 years had been shot to death, ranchers and cattlemen sued the United States for the right to kill more of them.

By REBEKAH KEARN 


     MADISON, Wisc. (CN) - China has reversed its ban on a genetically modified corn, but its developer Syngenta still faces hundreds of million-dollar class actions that claim it destroyed corn exports to China.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Kern County secretly adopted a zoning ordinance that will prevent Los Angeles from running its biosolids recycling facility, Los Angeles and others claim in court.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - A Sacramento area sanitation district dumps 14 tons of ammonia into the Delta water supply every day, violating environmental law and destroying habitat of the protected Delta smelt, an environmental science group claims in court.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is allowing pesticides to threaten the imperiled Delta smelt and Alameda whipsnake, the Center for Biological Diversity claims in court.

By AMANDA LOVIZA-VICKERY 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Blueback herrings deserve designation as a threatened species, environmentalists say in court, noting the critical role the fish play in Atlantic coastal ecosystems.

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - Federal grazing permits jeopardize threatened and endangered cactus that live only in three Utah counties, environmentalists claim in court.

By YAWANA WOLFE 

     (CN) - The Shepard Boone Coal Co. is polluting federal waters near Boone County, West, Va. with selenium runoff from its coal mines, a coalition of Ohio Valley environmentalists claim in Federal Court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 


     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Nestlé Purina's Beneful dog food has killed or sickened thousands of dogs, a class action claims in Federal Court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     GREAT FALLS, Mont. (CN) - Government agencies have dragged their feet for 20 years while two dams threaten the survival of the endangered pallid sturgeon, only 125 of which remain, environmentalists claim in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District illegally approved a rail terminal expansion that will transport 61 million barrels of volatile crude oil a year without environmental review, environmentalists claim in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     HELENA, Mont. (CN) - Montana destroys out-of-state milk - but not milk from Montana - under an antiquated "sell-by" date law, a milk distributor says in a constitutional claim in Federal Court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 


     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Dog whisperer Cesar Millan's L.A. county facility negligently released a vicious pit bull that brutally mauled a woman six days later, she claims in court.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (CN) - A pork company and its insurer sued a South Dakota farm and a tech company, blaming them for the deaths of more than 1,700 pigs who suffocated.

By THE DAILY CALLER 

     The Environmental Protection Agency has defended its decision to fund university experiments that tested deadly air pollutants on children, saying the studies were approved by review boards and were stopped after the agency banned the practice in 2006. Read more at The Daily Caller.

By CLEVELAND.COM 

     A California smoked salmon distributor is recalling more than 30 varieties of its products due to the potential for contamination with Listeria, a potentially dangerous food-borne bacterium. Read more at Cleveland.com.

By SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS 

     A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths. Read more at San Jose Mercury News.

By THE GUARDIAN 

     China granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. Read more at The Guardian.

By NJ.COM 

     A major supplier to Chinese food restaurants throughout the Northeast and into the Midwest was found to have rodent nests in coolers, flying birds, and feces on food in its warehouse, the Food and Drug Administration said. Read more at NJ.com.

By ABC NEWS 

     The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years. Read more at ABC News.

By THE WASHINGTON POST 

     After conservationists warned that the monarch butterfly's population is declining in a "deadly free fall," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are reviewing a proposal to include it on the endangered species list, the federal agency announced. Read more at The Washington Post.

By WFAA8 

     Three Texas food companies have issued recalls on meat products. Four products that were shipped to Garland Independent School District and HEB store locations are being recalled. Read more at WFAA.

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.

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for the western Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolf populations, in compliance with court orders.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - An orca known as Lolita, captive for 40 years, is now considered endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but obstacles remain in freeing her.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Obama administration's recent actions regarding offshore energy development in Arctic waters drew criticism and a vow to fight back from Alaska's republican leaders.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama has taken action to preserve Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling.

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.