CHICAGO (CN) - A kayaker drowned in an attack by vicious swans and his family claims in court that the property owner should have known the animals were unreasonably dangerous.
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (CN) - South Dakota barred ranchers from driving across a scenic rail trail on their own land, crippling their operations and subjecting them to criminal charges, five ranchers claim in court.
SEATTLE (CN) - A 3,000-acre logging project along Montana's Flathead River could threaten grizzly bears, lynx and bull trout, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit.
PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Rail yards must be stopped from emitting tons of harmful diesel pollution into neighborhoods surrounding Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Chevron adopted a strategy to "destroy the reputation" of the Ecuadorean government and judiciary after realizing a court there would hold it liable for massive oil contamination in the Amazon, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said today in an interview at the Pierre Hotel.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Environmentalists largely failed to persuade a federal judge that rare plants and animals in California are at risk under the government's administration of the Imperial Sand Dunes.
(CN) - Fish and Wildlife Service scientists must have a say on the renewal of water contracts that could affect the endangered delta smelt in California's Central Valley, the full 9th circuit ruled Wednesday.
(CN) - Environmentalists prevailed in one of two rulings on commercial fishing in New England, with a federal judge rejecting a regulation that effectively allowed fishermen to exceed their annual catch limit.
(CN) - Hebrew National should not face claims that its hot dogs are not 100 percent kosher, because consumers cannot show that the packages they bought contained non-kosher meat, the 8th Circuit ruled.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the lesser prairie chicken only merits a listing status of threatened despite a drastic population decline.
BATON ROUGE, La. (CN) - ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery sent 5 million gallons of "atypical" gasoline to Louisiana pumps, "causing harm to gasoline engines of up to 250,000 vehicles," a class action claims in Federal Court.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Council on Environmental Quality refuses to respond to a 2008 petition demanding consideration of how climate change will affect food safety and the federal government's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, two groups claim in court.
ST. LOUIS (CN) - Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals polluted a north St. Louis County creek with radioactive materials, causing a string of deaths, five lawsuits with multiple plaintiffs claim in Federal Court.
SHERMAN, Texas (CN) - Luminant, a coal-fired electric company, sued the U.S. EPA to try to stop it from releasing "confidential business information" that environmentalists could use to try to shut down two plants.
GALVESTON, Texas (CN) - An oil spill in Galveston Bay has shut down the Houston Ship Channel, a crucial route for the oil and gas industry, and will have far-reaching impacts for people who depend on the bay to make a living, stakeholders claim in a federal class action.
MONTEREY, Calif. (CN) - The St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary kept dozens of animals in emaciated, inhumane conditions without access to food or water, four California district attorneys claim in court.
BOISE (CN) - An Idaho state senator likens investigative journalists to terrorists, the ACLU and others say in a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of an emergency "Ag Gag" law, which the plaintiffs say is meant to hide animal abuse and chill free speech.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Animal rights groups sued "The Great Bull Run" and the rodeo company that supplies it with bulls, claiming they stage dangerous, and illegal, events, in which "as many as three dozen panicked bulls ... stampede down a narrow track" behind hundreds of people, "many of whom have been drinking alcohol."
SAN LUIS OBISPO (CN) - Another legal shot has been fired in a perennial war between environmentalists and off-road vehicle enthusiasts, this one at attempt to protect Oceano Dunes, California's largest dune system south of San Francisco, and the only state park where vehicles may be driven on the beach.
ANCHORAGE (CN) - Alaska sued the Department of the Interior for rejecting its plan to seismically investigate oil and gas reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
(CN) - General Electric faces two multibillion-dollar class actions from people hurt by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its aftermath, who say GE and GE-Hitachi failed to properly design and maintain the power plant.
QUEENS, N.Y. (CN) - The Sierra Club wants a judge to order New York state to do a full environmental review on a request to take 1.5 billion gallons of water a day from the East River for a Queens power plant.
TULSA (CN) - Oklahoma and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance sued the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, accusing them of engaging in "sue and settle" tactics to discourage oil and gas development.
If you associate Walmart's grocery aisles with cheap six-packs of sugary soda or bulk bags of chips, you're in for a surprise when you next drop by a branch of the world's largest retailer. Read more at Forbes.
In one of the largest Superfund cleanups ever announced, federal officials today proposed a $1.7 billion dredging of the lower Passaic River to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of dioxin-contaminated sediment. Read more at NJ.com.
In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. Read more from Fox News.
China is using drones to spy on polluting industries in its attempts to battle the lung-choking smog that frequently engulfs many of its cities. Read more at The Guardian.
Work continues today to repair a broken sewer main in Valley Forge Park, Chester County, that resulted in at least five million of gallons of raw sewage running off into the Valley Creek. Read more at CBS Philly.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that four sub-species of the Mazama pocket gopher have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service plans to issue another five year marine mammal harm authorization for U.S. Navy sonar and ordnance testing in the Marianas, according to an agency proposal.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The fate of certain endangered captive-bred African antelope has changed again due to the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, according to a new regulation.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The arroyo toad's endangered status may soon be downlisted to threatened status although it faces additional threats and has not met its recovery plan criteria. The move is in response to a legal challenge, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal.