Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in California -- applied to strawberry fields, almond orchards, vineyards and other crops. The chemical kills pests in the soil and dissipates before crops are planted, so health advocates say harmful residue is not found in food. Rather, they say, the fumes released when it is first applied can potentially cause health issues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the chemical can cause cancer when inhaled over long periods.
More than 44 people have been killed in Congo in two days of street clashes between security forces and protesters angered over a delayed presidential election, a senior Human Rights Watch researcher said Tuesday. Police said more than 100 people have been arrested in the unrest. Thousands took to the streets of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on Monday to oppose an election delay which they call an effort by President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his mandate in late December. In a statement released Wednesday night, Kabila's office said he was "profoundly touched by these sad events" and expressed condolences to the families of those killed. A high court has determined Kabila can stay in office until a new leader is elected.
Crowds gathered in the Californian city of El Cajon to protest against US police brutality after the killing of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, as the FBI joined an investigation into his death. According to family and witnesses, police officers fired a taser and then several bullets at Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan refugee, after his sister called the department for assistance because her sibling was acting strangely, and not like himself. Candles and flowers were left on Wednesday at the shooting scene, near bloodstains on the pavement. Dozens protested outside the police station, holding signs that read "No Killer Cops!" and chanting "No justice, no peace," and "Black lives matter." Those protests, which were peaceful, continued until the early hours of Thursday.
A college dropout from Orange County pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his parents while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano mansion before trying to kill his sister and brother, who was left paralyzed from the shooting. Ashton Sachs, 22, entered his guilty plea in a Santa Ana courtroom to two counts each of murder and attempted murder from the 2014 slayings, according to an Orange County Superior Court clerk. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14. He is expected to get life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before the February 2014 rampage, Sachs, then 19, was living in Seattle, where he had briefly attended college.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of planting a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, praised Anwar Awlaki in handwritten notes found on his person after he was wounded in a shootout Monday. FBI agents recovered a notebook from Rahami after he was wounded by police in Linden, N.J., a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times. In the notebook, Rahami describes his affinity for Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who became a leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen. Awlaki was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011, but his legacy has spread among jihadists thanks to online audio and video sermons. The notebook also contained ramblings about the Boston Marathon bombers, the official said.