Friday, October 31, 2014 12:36 PM PT
By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MADISON, Wis. (CN) - Activists unhappy with the renewal of research that subjects baby monkeys to "psychological torment" have filed suit for a school's records.

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 ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - There's nothing sweet about the soda tax fight bubbling in San Francisco and Berkeley.

By PAT PEMBERTON 

     (CN) - Environmentalists asked a federal judge to shut down California's last nuclear power plant, claiming the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has failed to show the 40-year-old Diablo Canyon Power Plant can withstand a significant earthquake from a fault discovered in 2008.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Superior Crude Gathering Inc. agreed to pay a $1.61 million to settle charges related to a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at the company's oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Two South African brothers were indicted in Alabama on charges of conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunting trips to Americans and also of selling rhino horns on the black market. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Reducing pollution for the more than 1 million people who live close to freeways in Southern California requires more action from the U.S. government, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit on Wednesday.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - The U.S. government has settled a bankrupt Getty Petroleum's share of a castastrophic, decades-long oil spill in Brooklyn and Queens that dumped between 17 and 30 million gallons of oil and petroleum products into the soil around Greenpoint, N.Y., the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. 

By MEGAN GALLEGOS 

     DENVER (CN) - The Colorado Department of Health and Environment wants to ban marijuana-laced edibles, except lozenges and liquids, due to the danger the pot candies pose to children.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - The chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources will apologize to a U.S. House committee for its Dallas hospital's mishandling of the first domestic case of Ebola, which resulted in two nurses contracting the deadly disease.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Worries that a new highway linking Los Angeles and Long Beach will exacerbate air pollution are not enough to halt the project, the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Activists who seized whaling ships and equipment in Australia should face sanctions for violating a court order, attorneys told the 9th Circuit.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Allegations that Dreamfields pasta was falsely advertised as a healthy alternative to traditional pasta will cost a Post Foods subsidiary $7.9 million to settle, a federal judge ruled. 

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Environmentalists who fought a National Park Service plan to build parking lots and bus stops near Muir Woods National Monument have settled their dispute with the government. 

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - An animal rights advocate who claimed a city law prevented him from saying he didn't own his beloved rescue beagle, Liam, lost his battle after Liam passed away. 

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal from 11 Louisiana parishes that sought to reinstate their claims for damage to wildlife from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is wrongly trying to charge Louisiana $1 billion for wetlands restoration work the federal government already promised to pay for, a federal lawsuit claims.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     NEWARK, N.J. (CN) - The makers of Gerber Good Start Gentle formula cannot substantiate claims that the product prevents infants from developing allergies, federal regulators say.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Funds earmarked for clean water should not help New York finance the Tappan Zee Bridge's replacement, environmentalists say in court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -- A federal class action claims Wal-Mart and a manufacturer posed "extreme dangers to infant children," citing a warning that the manufacturer's baby wipes may be contaminated with bacteria.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Elk hunting in Grand Teton National Park is noisy and dangerous, and this year's hunt was approved illegally, two nature photographers say in a federal lawsuit.

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MILWAUKEE (CN) - The self-proclaimed pioneer behind power tools fueled by lithium-ion batteries filed eight federal patent-infringement suits.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is endangering public health by failing to declare the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin and San Joaquin Valley in violation of particulate matter air pollution standards, the Sierra Club claims in court.

By TED WHEELER AND LACEY LOUWAGIE 


     (CN) - Seed giant Syngenta faces billion-dollar class actions in three states, claiming China is rejecting U.S. corn shipments because Syngenta released a genetically altered variety before the crop was approved for export to China.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Just 35 breeding wolverines remain in the United States yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuses to list the species as threatened, environmentalists claim in court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     (CN) - An erosion-abatement plan that calls for the construction of up to 17,500 sea walls and bulkheads violates environmental law, conservation groups claim in Federal Court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CN) - Kern County illegally approved expansion of a local refinery that will let it transport and process 70,000 barrels of crude oil a day, environmentalists claim in court.

By GINA CARRANO 


     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A gas line explosion and fire that killed a woman and leveled homes in South Jersey came after Public Service Electric & Gas refused to cut off gas service to a development with a gas leak, two workers who were injured in the blast claim in court.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - The University of Washington agreed to nearly triple the size of its primate research lab at a closed "dinner meeting" to shield the Board of Regents from public accountability, an animal rights group claims in court.

By CHRISTINE STUART 

     HARTFORD (CN) - The heating oil industry in Connecticut has filed suit over plans for a 900-mile expansion of natural gas lines there, calling for an environmental study.

By RENI ANGUELOVA 

     VISTA, Calif. (CN) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals defamed a 90-year-old woman who raises chinchillas as pets, in videos "laced with photos and video of other chinchilla farms," to raise money for itself, the woman claims in court.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Major railroads sued California, challenging its new crude oil safety rules, claiming that state regulation of oil transportation is preempted by federal law.

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.

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 WASHINGTON EXAMINER 

     Environmental Protection Agency officials spent millions of tax dollars over a dozen years on an alternative asbestos removal study that "threatened human health," according to a new report. Read more at the Washington Examiner.

From REUTERS 

     Singapore's air pollution rose to unhealthy levels, the National Environment Agency said, as winds changed direction and brought in light smoke from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. Read more at Reuters.

By CTPOST 

     Several types of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled by manufacturers according to a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including some from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Read more at CTPost.com.

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. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Months after announcing an extensive expansion to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, President Barack Obama proclaimed a modified expansion hammered out with opponents from the fishing industry.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Citing new information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed itself by withdrawing a 2012 proposal to delist the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from protected status. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revised critical habitat for the Canada lynx and removed state boundary limitations on the cat's U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) in a rule published Friday. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Three extremely rare Caribbean plants now have federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Oregon spotted frog as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Friday.