Joe Exotic seeks leniency in murder-for-hire case
Convicted in a bizarre murder-for-hire plot as well as some less garish Endangered Species Act violations, the onetime roadside zoo owner known as Joe Exotic is now hoping his aid to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) can lead to leniency.
Water district with Bernhardt ties eyes permanent contract
The nation's largest agricultural water district could secure permanent access to precious irrigation deliveries under a newly proposed deal — reviving California political strife and questions about Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's role in the matter.
California spotted owl denied ESA listing, again
Sticking to its guns, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the California spotted owl still doesn't warrant Endangered Species Act protections.
West Coast fisher proposed, again, for ESA listing
The Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed extending modified federal protections to the West Coast population of fisher, a vulnerable forest-dwelling mammal with a long track record.
Deputy secretary nominee deflects Democrats' swipes
Katharine MacGregor skated through her confirmation hearing yesterday for the position of Interior Department deputy secretary, scoring the early public support of at least one senior Democrat.