Washington D.C.

EPA places age rule on pesticide application

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday established the first minimum-age requirement, 18, for farmworkers applying pesticides to fields. The change is part of a revision of pesticide rules by the EPA, which acknowledged that previous regulation was not enough to prevent an estimated $10 million to $15 million in annual health costs due to chemical exposure among the nation's 2 million agricultural workers.

Four counts against Menendez thrown out

A federal judge threw out four bribery charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and a wealthy political benefactor, but kept largely intact the lengthy corruption indictment against Menendez and his longtime patron. The judge said that four counts failed to draw an explicit enough connection between donations to Menendez's legal trust and official actions taken as an alleged quid pro quo.


Vaccine law foes file referendum petitions

Opponents of California's tough new vaccine law filed petitions seeking to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot. Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who led the largely volunteer effort, issued a statement saying he hopes the law "will go down in infamy." He did not disclose how many signatures were turned in by the Monday deadline. The measure needs the signatures of 365,000 registered voters to qualify the referendum on a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in June. The law eliminates the personal-belief and religious exemptions that parents have used to seek waivers from state mandates for their children.


Military deploys to Nazi train site

The Polish military deployed chemical, radiation and explosives experts to a site in southwestern Poland where a Nazi train missing since World War II may be located. Tomasz Smolarz, the governor of Lower Silesia, said the aim is exclude any danger for residents town of Walbrzych. Experts will continue their technical checks through Saturday. The efforts come after two explorers claimed to have found a Nazi train trapped in a tunnel that they say could contain both armaments and precious minerals. The claim has sparked hopes it could be a Nazi train laden with treasure that local legend says went missing at the end of WW II.


Saudi-led attack hits wedding party

The Saudi-led military coalition bombed a wedding party on the Red Sea coast, killing at least 70 civilians, according to two local officials and a relative of one of the victims. The aerial attack, in Wahija appeared to be among the deadliest involving civilians since the start of Yemen's war in March. The killings added to criticism of the Saudi-led coalition for carrying out what human rights advocates and aid workers say is a military campaign that increasingly fails to distinguish between military targets and civilians.

Burkina Faso

Coup faction fails to disarm, officials say

The troops who staged a failed coup in Burkina Faso have refused to give up their weapons under a political deal negotiated last week by West African leaders. The Presidential Security Regiment has been in control of the presidential palace in the capital since the evening of Sept. 16, when its officers stormed into a Cabinet meeting and seized the interim president and the prime minister.

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