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In this Oct. 10, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, Calif., as he designated the nearly 350,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles a national monument. Obama, in California this week for a fund-raising swing, plan to make the announcement Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. In all, Obama will name three specific regions national monuments –Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Obama designates three more monuments in California

- The Washington Times

President Obama designated three more national monuments Friday totaling about 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert, nearly doubling the amount of public land that he has given the status with the stroke of his pen since taking office.

In a file photo from Feb. 5, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, right, meet with volunteers helping to load vehicles with bottled water in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Flint crisis may help governor ease GOP doubt on Detroit aid

- Associated Press

Rick Snyder’s standing as one of the GOP’s most accomplished governors has taken a beating in the crisis over lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. Democrats, especially those running for president, have pointed to his administration’s mishandling of the city’s switch to a cheaper water supply as an example of Republican cost-cutting run amok.

In another blow to the Obama administration's regulatory agenda, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the EPA's regulations limiting carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court halts Obama carbon emissions rule

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court halted the EPA’s major anti-global warming initiative late Tuesday evening, dealing a major blow to President Obama’s hopes of overseeing a green energy transition in his final year in office.

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Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals

- Associated Press

A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.

In a file photo from Feb. 5, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, center and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Deacon Omar Odette, right, meet with volunteers helping to load vehicles with bottled water in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

House panel calls governor, EPA chief to testify on Flint

- Associated Press

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he has agreed to testify to Congress about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, bowing to demands by Democrats that the Republican governor explain his role in a cost-cutting move that resulted in a public health emergency caused by lead-contaminated water.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaks Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, during an event at Fort Stewart, GA., announcing $720 million in conservation funding being awarded to 84 projects across the U.S. Fort Stewart, the largest Army post east of the Mississippi River, is receiving $2 million to assist its efforts to preserve more than 278,000 acres of longleaf pine forest that is home to endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)

Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants

- Associated Press

Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.

Forecaster: Weather pattern swing from winter to spring

- Associated Press

Winter is still here, but temperatures reached the high 70s Thursday and Friday in Louisiana and a forecaster says spring weather is moving in - even if spring itself doesn't arrive until March 20.

Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

- Associated Press

Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas.