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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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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.

Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

- Associated Press

Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year.

Major transmission line inches closer to service

- Associated Press

The federal government is one step closer to approving a proposed $2 billion electric transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico that has become a priority for the Obama administration.

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.

Texas Fishing Report

- Associated Press

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for Nov. 26 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

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.

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.

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.

Ex-speaker hopeful Hansen wins wildlife case

Associated Press

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen - who recently gave up his designation as speaker for the 2015 Legislature in an uproar over his comments about women, gays and minorities - was cleared Wednesday of charges accusing him of illegal wildlife trapping.

High 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.