With no long-term solution for the US nuclear waste problem in sight, activists prefer reinforced, on-site storage rather than distant, centralized dumping.
Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has been named in another voting rights lawsuit, this time over allegations that his office has denied thousands of low-income residents their right to register to vote or to change their registration addresses.
The California attorney general has filed a "public nuisance" lawsuit against six automobile companies, seeking monetary damages for what the state calls their contributions to global warming.
In a legal battle against the Los Angeles Police Departmentâ€™s policy toward immigrants, a California court has routed a conservative groupâ€™s effort to keep immigrant-rights advocates out of the courtroom.
One of the most notorious government contractors in Iraq, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, was under scrutiny again this week for allegedly overcharging US taxpayers and risking the lives of civilians.
Environmentalists have declared victory after flattening the Bush administrationâ€™s effort to revoke protections for nearly 50 million acres of wild "roadless areas."
High levels of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, cleaning detergents and other chemicals have been detected by federal researchers in the Blue River Basin, located in Missouri and Kansas.
Advocates for the countryâ€™s low-income healthcare system have hit a legal roadblock in their challenge to new bureaucratic hurdles Congress has imposed on Medicaid access.
A person is arrested for a marijuana-related crime every 40 seconds in the United States, according to data from an FBI report released this week.
Once again, the elaborate government system in place to protect ecologically critical areas of the country is swinging into actionâ€¦ to feed one such area to real-estate developers bent on airport construction.
Four years after being apprehended by the US government as a terrorism suspect and tortured by authorities in Syria, Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, has had his name officially cleared by a Canadian Commission of Inquiry.
Civil-liberties advocates are appealing to an international human-rights tribunal over New Jerseyâ€™s policy of denying some former prisoners the right to vote.
Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have forced large companies to provide health coverage to their employees.
Conservationists fighting a military proposal to build a new landing field next to a wildlife refuge in North Carolina say the already controversial field could displace endangered red wolves in the area.
A former lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission is alleging that the Commission ordered the destruction of a 2004 draft study showing that greater media-ownership concentration could be detrimental for local TV news coverage.
Delivering a small victory to FedEx workers in a sprawling class-action lawsuit, a court has struck down the companyâ€™s request that the plaintiffs turn over their tax records in order to pursue their claims of labor-law violations.
Oregon citizens will vote on a ballot initiative expanding eligibility for the stateâ€™s prescription-drug discount program, which allows qualified residents to save an average of 30 percent when purchasing medicine.
Public-interest attorneys went to court this week to challenge the "legal Limbo" faced by detainees at the military detention camp in GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba.
In an attempt to recreate "history" by setting tracts of protected prairie land on fire, administrators of a national park in Washington State have inflamed environmental watchdogs, who call the deliberate scorching "illegal and ill-advised."
Minnesota farmers, residents and environmentalists are fighting an oil-transport company’s plan to build a 300-mile-long oil pipeline through the state, arguing the project will adversely affect thousands of people and damage thousands of acres of cropland, forests and wetlands.
A federal court last week halted the implementation of an Ohio law regulating groupsâ€™ efforts to register voters, calling the regulations discriminatory and overly burdensome.
After a long campaign by indigenous-rights and public-interest groups, the federal government has dismissed corporationsâ€™ plans to create a nuclear-waste dump on an Indian reservation in Utah.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Monday vetoed the cityâ€™s passage of a living wage ordinance for big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target.
Massachusetts has become the launchpad for a new federal initiative to enmesh community policing and immigration-law enforcement.
Under a new federal proposal, citizens of the United States, Mexico, Canada and Bermuda may need to carry a passport or "alternative document" to enter the US from countries within the Western hemisphere.
The House of Representatives is advancing a bill that critics say would hinder people from defending the separation of church and state in the nationâ€™s courtrooms.
Environmentalists are celebrating a recent court decision that bars the leasing of sensitive wetlands in the Alaskan wilderness for oil drilling.
Amid accusations that the US Drug Enforcement Administration is covertly opposing a Colorado initiative to legalize marijuana, questions have arisen over federal policy toward state drug laws.
Nine months after the deaths of twelve workers at West Virginiaâ€™s Sago Mine generated national interest in coal mining accidents, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is ready to alter its rules for safety violations.
Consumer advocates in California are decrying the "sudden death" of a bill to combat alleged price manipulation by oil refiners, pointing to the oil-industry lobby as the main force that squelched the bill while it approached an assembly vote.