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Judge hears fight over lithium mine on Nevada-Oregon line

Jul. 21, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A judge considering legal challenges to government approval of a Nevada mine at the largest known U.S. deposit of lithium said Wednesday she’ll decide by the end of the month whether to grant the conservationists’ bid for a temporary ban on any digging at the site...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 16, 2021. Editorial: The Legislature abused Floridians’ approval of medical marijuana. Now, the courts are too Whether medical marijuana is wise or necessary is not for Florida’s courts to say. The people of our...

Interior chief to visit Alaska amid road fight, filing says

Jul. 20, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is expected to visit Alaska in September, according to a court filing in a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge. Haaland committed during...

Judge says Maui must get Clean Water Act permit for effluent

Jul. 16, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A federal judge ruled Maui County must get permits to operate injection wells that environmental groups said are polluting the ocean. Several environmental groups filed a lawsuit in 2012 over the injection wells, saying effluent from the Lahaina...

Line 3 pipeline opponents appeal to Minnesota Supreme Court

Jul. 14, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tribal and environmental groups opposed to Enbridge Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline project asked the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a lower court decision affirming the approvals granted by independent regulators that allowed construction to begin last...

Court orders shorter sentence for 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic

Jul. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that “Tiger King” Joe Exotic should get a shorter prison sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 07, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 5, 2021. Editorial: Voters liked ranked choice voting in NYC mayor’s race, and it could come to Florida People elsewhere don’t care nearly as much about who will be New York City’s mayor as the national media...

Under presssure, company cancels Tennessee pipeline

Jul. 03, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Environmentalists and activists claimed victory Saturday after a company canceled plans to build an oil pipeline through southwest Tennessee and north Mississippi, and over an aquifer that provides drinking water to 1 million people. Byhalia...

Ruling goes against US sheep experimental station in Idaho

Jul. 02, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials and a sheep industry group have filed notices to appeal a federal court ruling involving an eastern Idaho sheep research facility long targeted by environmental groups concerned about the potential harm to grizzly bears and other wildlife. ...

Court: Toppled rig's owners can't sue Coast Guard contractor

Jul. 01, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of Gulf of Mexico oil wells broken in 2004 cannot demand damages from a federal contractor who says his equipment has captured enough oil to fill scores of tank trucks, a federal appeals court has ruled. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of...