HOUSTON (CN) - Two Texans jailed for videos they made showing the torture and killing of puppies and kittens might be federally charged for the footage after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their case.
WACO, Texas (CN) - The owner of a Texas taxidermy shop pleaded guilty to fudging his records after selling black rhinoceros horns to an Irish traveler among other non-Texas residents.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A Canadian antiques dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and coral.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion drought package, though one Republican senator criticized the two bills for "expand(ing) the authority of the government."
SACRAMENTO (CN) - California used more solar power in 2014 than all other states combined, and became the first to get more than 5 percent of its energy from utility-scale solar power, according to a federal study released Tuesday.
(CN) - MTU America Inc., a manufacturer of heavy duty diesel engines, will pay $1.2 million and place stronger controls on its emissions testing program to settle EPA claims it violated the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department announced.
(CN) - California is forcing fishermen to treat shark fins "like plutonium," a lawyer representing dozens of Chinese business owners told the 9th Circuit on Wednesday.
(CN)- D.S.C. of Newark Enterprises paid the federal government $22 million to cover the cost for the cleanup of the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, N.J.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - California's water regulator Tuesday imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions, limiting outdoor watering to two days a week for millions of residential and commercial customers.
SANTA BARBARA (CN) - When a lake was discovered under the Slippery Rock Ranch near Santa Barbara three years ago, the owners quickly realized the aquifer was more precious than the avocado trees above it - and it had a wealthy neighbor willing to pay for it.
RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - An animal control officer and five others allegedly involved in the arrest of a dog rehabilitator operating out of Michael Vick's former dogfighting arena must face conspiracy claims filed against them, a federal judge ruled.
LAS VEGAS (CN) - A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled.
SEATTLE (CN) - Moving two zoo elephants from Seattle to Oklahoma will cause the animals undue suffering and violate the Endangered Species Act, animal activists claim in court.
WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Organo Gold coffee contains a mushroom with dangerous blood-thinning properties unknown to consumers, a class claims in court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The oil and trucking industries claim Oregon's Clean Fuels Program is unconstitutional, unenforceable and discriminatory, and asked a federal judge to block it.
MANHATTAN (CN) - To help a pair of chimpanzees being held captive on Long Island, a New York judge must declare them legal "persons," a group says in court.
(CN) - A farmer in Northern Mariana claims in court that she spent thousands of dollars to improve 11.9 hectares of leased public land, only to be told that the Commonwealth's "big boss" wants the land back.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CN) - The gas and oil industry claims a new Bureau of Land Management rule regulating fracking on federal land places "arbitrary and unnecessary burdens" on it.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CN) - Three Iowa drainage districts are threatening the Des Moines drinking water supply by dumping nitrate runoff into the Raccoon River, the Des Moines water board claims in court.
AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - Twenty Texans who own 406 square miles of the Texas Panhandle sued the state for trying to force them to join a water conservation district.
SEATTLE (CN) - A federal wolf management plan to protect livestock will kill more than half of Washington's 52 known gray wolves and violate environmental laws, conservationists claim in court.
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Environmentalists sued San Diego County and five solar power companies, claiming a massive proposed solar project will destroy thousands of acres of "irreplaceable wildlife habitat."
ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's approval of 130 fracking permits in the New Mexico's Four Corners region threatens an environment that includes extensive prehistoric Native American relics, Navajo environmentalists claim in court.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - FEMA's plan to clear-cut and chip eucalyptus in the hills above UC-Berkeley and spread the wood chips up to 2 feet deep will not reduce fire risk but increase it, a conservation group claims in court.
(CN) - Lumber Liquidators faces a slew of class actions across the country accusing it of falsely advertising Chinese-made flooring that emits illegal levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (CN) - A giant oil terminal project near the mouth of the Columbia River threatens the river and communities throughout the West Coast, environmental and community groups say.
(CN) - Federal approval of the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup has caused the monarch butterfly population to plummet 90 percent since 1997, environmentalists claim in Federal Court.
MADISON, Wis. (CN) - The owner of two rescue dogs in rural Wisconsin has filed a federal complaint against Fall River's law on keeping pit bulls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. Read more at The New York Times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Consumer groups requested the Food and Drug Administration ban certain oil and water repellents on food wrappings, and certain additives in food containers.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A status review of sea turtles has sparked a proposal to downlist two populations that have recovered through conservation efforts, but other populations continue to decline.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has finalized an expansionfor two marine sanctuaries off the California coast that more than doubles the previously protected areas.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed that the Tanzanian population of the African coelacanth, an ancient fish species, be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama has taken action to preserve Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas drilling.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed listing six foreign marine species for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).