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Avoiding civilian casualties in Iraq...CIA curbs spying on allies...Stopping campus sex assaults

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's top officer says it will become increasingly difficult to make precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (oh-dee-EHR'-noh) says mistakenly killing innocent civilians would be the worst mistake the U.S. and its allies could make, causing the population to turn against the U.S.-led effort against the extremist group. Odierno says the U.S. continues to evaluate whether additional ground support is needed to maintain the precision of the strikes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former U.S. officials say the CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe. The move comes in response to the uproar over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and revelations contained in classified National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden. A U.S. official briefed on the situation says the pause is designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the problem of sexual assault on college campuses "an affront to our basic humanity." At the White House today, Obama unveiled a new campaign to change the way people think about campus sexual assault. It includes a public service announcement featuring Obama and others telling viewers they have a responsibility to stop sexual assault. It encourages people on campus to make sure friends are safe and to intervene before an assault happens.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The leader of Scotland's pro-independence movement is resigning after voters resoundingly rejected independence in yesterday's referendum. Alex Salmond says he'll step down as Scotland's first minister and leader of his Scottish National Party, but he remains upbeat about Scotland's future. Salmond says the vote has created an opportunity to make sure the British government follows through on its vow "to devolve further meaningful power to Scotland."

NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba has made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The Chinese e-commerce company's initial public offering settled on a price of $68 per share yesterday. But by the time it opened for trading, Alibaba shares had risen 36 percent to $92.70. At that price the company would be worth $228.5 billion. That's bigger than the current market value of companies such as Amazon and eBay, but smaller than Google.

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