Illinois governor proposes assault weapons ban, citing Colorado movie theater shooting rampage. Gov. Pat Quinn also proposed a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, another thorny gun control issue that has been pushed to the forefront by the Colorado shootings that killed 12 and wounded dozens on July 20. Quinn’s efforts, however, will have to overcome the fervent opposition that has stymied attempts to pass such weapons bans for decades. His proposal would go after weapons like the Israeli military’s Uzi and the so-called street sweeper that rapidly fires shotgun blasts from a revolving cylinder, along with various semiautomatic rifles. Chicago Tribune

Judge throws out federal policy intended to cut water pollution from mountaintop-removal coal mining. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority under federal water protection and strip mining laws when it issued its water quality “final guidance.” Walton also found that EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson “infringed on the authority” of state regulators. The guidance at issue called for tougher permit application reviews and new testing of potential toxic impacts of mining discharges. The mountaintop-removal technique produces tons of crushed shale and sandstone that is dumped in valleys and streams. The Charleston Gazette, Bloomberg

Federal regulators block Enbridge from restarting oil pipeline. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood blasted the Canadian pipeline company for spilling 1,000 barrels of crude in a Wisconsin field Friday, calling the incident “absolutely unacceptable.” Enbridge was hit with a corrective order barring the company from restarting its 467-mile pipeline until it shows it has met safety standards. In July, regulators fined Enbridge $3.7 million for a 2010 spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, the most costly onshore oil spill in U.S. history. Enbridge operates the world’s largest crude-oil pipeline system and transports most of the U.S.’s crude-oil imports from Canada, the nation’s largest foreign supplier. Reuters, The Wall Street Journal

Safety panel faults regulators in Virginia bus crash that killed four. The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for missing repeated opportunities to shut down discount bus operator Sky Express for failing to follow basic safety procedures before the May, 2011 accident. The NTSB cited driver fatigue as another cause of the crash, which occurred on Interstate 95 about 30 miles north of Richmond, Va., when the New York-bound bus hit an embankment. The head of the NTSB, Deborah Hersman, called the accident “entirely preventable.” She added, “Those travelers were failed at three levels: by the driver, by the operator and by the regulator.” The Associated Press, Bloomberg

U.S. Justice Department officials dismiss Republican report on botched gun-trafficking investigation. The officials said they have moved ahead with major reforms to prevent future cases of firearms being lost and smuggled into Mexico, as they were in the Fast and Furious operation. A Justice spokeswoman said the report was filled with “distortions and now-debunked conspiracy theories.” But she credited it for acknowledging that similar gun-tracking operations began during the Bush administration. The GOP report blamed five Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives supervisors with management failures in Fast and Furious, which allowed 2,500 weapons to be illegally purchased. Los Angeles Times, The New York Times

Families of high school football players who died last summer say they will sue. The families seek to hold school and county officials accountable for the deaths of two 16-year-olds, Isaiah Laurencin of Florida and Don’terio J. Searcy of Georgia, who succumbed after strenuous workouts. Their parents say the pressure to train hard even in high temperatures and humidity, in some cases as often as three times a day, was central to their sons’ deaths. They blame school leaders and coaches, who they say could have done more to protect the boys during practice by employing more stringent safeguards against heat exertion, as the National Football League and college teams have done. The New York Times, The Associated Press

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Compiled by Stuart Silverstein and Bridget Huber