Thousands Protest Trump Election
The U.S. presidential election results are not going down well with thousands of protesters who filled the streets of a number of large cities Wednesday night.
The marches have been peaceful so far, but loud, with shouts of "No Trump, No Racist USA."
A large crowd packed New York City's Fifth Avenue, directly in front of the Trump Tower, waving signs reading "Love Trumps Hate."
Another group gathered across from Trump's soon-to-be-home, the White House in Washington.
Demonstrators blocked traffic in Chicago, marched through downtown Philadelphia, Boston and in West Coast cities Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Earlier Wednesday, high school and college students stormed out of classrooms across California, a state with a large Hispanic population.
Many of the protesters say they are scared and fear a Trump administration will champion anti-immigration policies. They regard him as racist, sexist and xenophobic because of statements he made during the presidential campaign.
No one from the Trump staff has commented on the protests.
But losing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has told voters they owe Trump "an open mind and a chance to lead."
US Says Its Airstrikes Killed 64 Civilians in Iraq, Syria
The United States military said Wednesday its airstrike campaign targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria killed 64 civilians and injured 8 others during the past year.
The new numbers released by U.S. Central Command bring the official total number of civilians killed since the operation began in August 2014 to 119 with another 37 injured.
Rights groups and monitors say the real number is much higher. Amnesty International reported in October that airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition appeared to have killed more than 300 people in Syria alone during the past two years.
Pentagon data shows U.S. forces are responsible for about two-thirds of all coalition airstrikes.
Wednesday's new casualty figures do not include an airstrike in July in the northern Syrian city of Manbij, where residents and rights groups said more than 50 civilians were killed. The U.S. military is still investigating that attack.
Central Command spokesman Col. John Thomas said there are teams that work to prevent "unintended civilian casualties."
"Sometimes civilians bear the brunt of military action but we do all we can to minimize those occurrences even at the cost of sometimes missing the chance to strike valid targets in real time," he said in a statement.
Since the airstrikes began -- first in Iraq in August 2014, then in Syria a month later -- there have been more than 16,000 by the coalition at a cost of about $12 million per day. In October, the coalition reported an average of about 10 airstrikes each day in both Iraq and Syria.