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Rape on campus: 1 in 4 women report enduring sexual assault, survey finds

Rape free campus campaignA survey on sexual assault and misconduct that included responses from more than 150,000 students at 27 universities shows that nearly a quarter of women reported nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation while enrolled at a university.

Conducted in April and May of this year and released Monday, results showed that 11.7 percent of students overall experienced misconduct with the incidence among undergraduate females at 23.1 percent and 5.4 percent for male undergraduates. About 1 in 10 female students say they have experienced sexual assault involving penetration, by force or incapacitation, while in college.


Notre Dame Stops Burning Coal for Pope

Notre DameThe University of Notre Dame plans to stop burning coal within five years and to cut its carbon footprint by more than half in the next 15 years in response to Pope Francis’ plea for bold action to curb climate change.

Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, will announce today in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the university is planning to spend $113 million on renewable energy sources, including a hydroelectric project, solar power and geothermal fields, which would collectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 47,500 tons.


U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Child Rape

Dan QuinnIn his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”


China president’s strategic U.S. tech meeting

China president Xi JinpingAs President Xi Jinping of China prepares for his first state visit to the United States this month, Washington has warned it could hit Chinese companies with sanctions over digital attacks for trade secrets. Beijing is now pushing back in an unorthodox way: by organizing a technology forum in Seattle to demonstrate its own sway over the American tech industry.

The Sept. 23 meeting is planned to feature China’s Internet czar, Lu Wei, the overseer of China’s restrictions on foreign technology companies.

A number of Chinese tech executives, including Robin Li of Baidu and Jack Ma of A


US weighs abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN

embargo vote at UNFor the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials tell the AP that the Obama administration is weighing abstaining from the annual U.N. General Assembly vote on a Cuban-backed resolution demanding that the embargo be lifted. The vote could come next month.


The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough Of The Vegetables We're Supposed To Eat

Not enough vegetables for AmericansIf you are looking for proof that Americans' vegetable habits lean towards french fries and ketchup, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has it: Nearly 50 percent of vegetables and legumes available in the U.S. in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third as the most available vegetable, according to new data out this week.

And while the USDA's own dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, the agency's researchers found that only 1.7 cups per person are available.


Kerry: US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017

US to take refugeesScrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase the number of worldwide migrants it takes in over the next two years, though not by nearly the amount many activists and former officials have urged.

The U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017, Kerry said at news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier after they discussed the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.


Dozens feared dead in Aegean Sea after boat incidents

Disastrous collision in AegeanDisasters at sea claimed the lives of dozens of migrants on Sunday, as desperate people fleeing war and poverty braved the risky journey to seek sanctuary in Europe.

Thirteen migrants died after their boat collided with a ferry off the Turkish coast, officials there said, while the Greek coast guard fanned out in the choppy waters of the Aegean Sea searching for another 27 people missing after their boat sank off the island of Lesbos.


Jackie Collins Has Died of Breast Cancer at 77

Jackie Collins diesJackie Collins, the beloved best-selling novelist, has died, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today," the Collins family tells PEOPLE in a statement.

"She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over 4 decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words."


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