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Obama’s latest regulatory power grab aims at ozone

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Wednesday checked off yet another major item on environmentalists’ wish list by targeting smog, further solidifying his legacy on green issues but also angering big business and giving Republicans fresh ammunition heading into the final 24 months of this administration.

Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said President Obama's new ozone regulations may be "the most expensive ever imposed on industry in America."  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Business, environmental lobbies break sharply over EPA ozone rule

- The Washington Times

Braced for months for far-reaching action from the Obama administration, both business and environmental groups were quick to react Wednesday after the Environmental Protection Agency formally announced its plans to set new lower guidelines to cut smog pollution.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  to hear a new challenge to President Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court to review EPA mercury limits

- Associated Press

The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

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In this photo provided by the Texas Parks And Wildlife Department Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, Texas Game Warden boats watch from the rear as the 155-foot Kinta S, a 40-year-old freighter, sinks in 75 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi. The ship was scuttled to create a new artificial reef that will provide habitat for saltwater fish as well as a destination for underwater divers. (AP Photo/Texas Parks And Wildlife Department, Earl Nottingham)

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

- Associated Press

Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday.

ND reduces fine in oil waste dumping case by $780K

- Associated Press

A company tied to the illegal dumping of radioactive oil waste in an abandoned gas station in rural North Dakota will only pay cleanup costs - pending good behavior for a year - dramatically dropping their fine from $800,000 to $20,000.

FILE - in this July 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inhofe, who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said in a statement late Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2104, that a stricter standard to be announced Wednesday by the Obama administration on smog-forming pollution allowed in the air "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." He vowed "vigorous oversight" of the proposal in his new position. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health

- Associated Press

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

Kalamazoo college to reinvent culinary education

- Associated Press

Every chef can stir and saute, but those coming out of the new Kalamazoo Valley Community College culinary school will know about sustainability and locally sourcing their food as well.

A sampling of editorials from around New York

- Associated Press

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown on the Cuomo administration's continuing refusal to forecast tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

- Associated Press

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

9 counties that won't meet new ozone standard

- Associated Press

The Obama administration is proposal stricter emissions limits on ozone, a pollutant that leads to smog and is linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The proposal calls for new ozone limits of between 65 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, with the final level to be set next year.

Judge allows Indianapolis park deer hunt

Associated Press

The city of Indianapolis can proceed with its plan to allow deer hunting for the first time ever in a municipal park, a judge ruled Wednesday.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bette Zirkelbach checks a Kemp's ridley sea turtle's heart rate, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemp's ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering from hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Turtles recovering at Florida Keys facility

Associated Press

Staff members at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital are caring for 30 endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles suffering from hypothermia days after they were rescued from a frigid beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Rio wins legal battle over Olympic golf course

- Associated Press

A Rio de Janeiro judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events.

Lab accident damages wall, no injuries

Associated Press

Officials with Forrest General Hospital say a medical waste treatment facility in Hattiesburg suffered some damage in an explosion Wednesday.