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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

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PHOTO: Advocates for animals say the record number of horse deaths during the Winter Meet at Aqueduct is a sure sign that federal regulations are needed. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - It has been a deadly season for racehorses at Aqueduct and animal advocates say the time has come for federal regulations. A dozen horses have died at Aqueduct since the current Winter Meet started in December. Brian Shapiro, the New York state director of the Humane Society of the Uni ...Read More

PHOTO: It may look like fun, but such close proximity to exotic animals invites trouble, according to an undercover investigation of Virginia's Natural Bridge Zoo. In addition to human safety issues, investigators say they found evidence of animal neglect and abuse. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. - Abuse, neglect and unsanitary conditions are just a few of the terms used to describe the scene at a roadside zoo in Natural Bridge. The Humane Society of the United States says it conducted an undercover investigation at Natural Bridge Zoo, which displays exotic animals - pri ...Read More

PHOTO: A "Get Loud for the Clouds" rally will greet President Obama in Boise today when he arrives to speak at Boise State University, by those who want him to designation a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. Photo credit: Fredlyfish4, English language Wikipedia.

BOISE, Idaho - Several rallies and demonstrations are planned today in Boise as President Obama speaks on the Boise State University campus. One of those events is "Get Loud for the Clouds," organized by those who want the president to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. "It wou ...Read More

PHOTO: The penalty could be as high as $13.7 billion for BP, as the final phase in the trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins today. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was al ...Read More

PHOTO: Last weekend's oil spill along the Yellowstone River appears to be similar in size to the 2011 spill pictured here, which also affected the Yellowstone River. This spill took months to clean and cost $135 million, but cleanup efforts for the current spill have been hampered because of the frozen river and wintertime conditions. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

GLENDIVE, Mont. - An oil pipeline leak into the Yellowstone River last weekend still is being assessed, but a Bridger Pipeline company spokesman says it's estimated that about 50,000 gallons of Bakken crude spilled into the water upstream of Glendive. Dena Hoff, a member of the Northern Plains Reso ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Photo credit: Chris Servheen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Federal approval for the killing of up to 15 grizzly bears in two areas of northwestern Wyoming is going too far, according to a planned lawsuit to protect the grizzlies. Bonnie Rice is Northern Rockies senior representative at the Sierra Club, one of the groups that filed t ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030 ...Read More

PHOTO: A decision to allow up to 15 grizzly bears to be killed in Grand Teton National Park and the Upper Green River area is at least 15 too many, according to paperwork filed for a lawsuit. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

JACKSON, Wyo. – A decision to allow up to 15 grizzly bears to be killed in Grand Teton National Park and the Upper Green River area is at least 15 too many, according to paperwork filed for a lawsuit. Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso says the agencies are not looking at the big picture in set ...Read More

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