MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From the recapturing of Iraq’s second largest city to a Rolling Stone defamation trial, here are the four stories to know for Monday, Oct. 17.

The Recapturing Of Mosul

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A military operation to recapture Iraq’s second largest city from ISIS control is now underway. The country’s Prime Minister announced the start of the offensive in Mosul earlier today saying forces with the Iraqi army and National Police will make an effort to avoid civilian casualties. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is praising the move calling it a decisive moment.

Campaign 2016

Donald Trump is blaming Hillary Clinton and her supporters for a weekend attack on the GOP headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Last night, Trump tweeted quote, “animals representing Clinton and Democrats firebombed the office because we are winning.” Clinton called the incident “horrific and unacceptable.” The two are set to meet face to face in their third and final presidential debate on Wednesday.

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Rolling Stone Defamation Trial

Rolling Stone will stand trial in a defamation suit filed by a former University of Virginia dean over the magazine’s botched article about an apparent gang rape. The 20-14 article depicts an incident where “Jackie,” the anonymous survivor, was raped and beaten by several men at a fraternity party. The school’s former associate dean of students believes the article indicated that SHE persuaded Jackie not to report the rape or share her story. Rolling Stone issued an apology for the article and later fully retracted it.

China Heads To Space

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China has launched a pair of astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station. They’ll be there for 30 days and conduct experiments in medicine and various space-related technologies. The entire station is designed to begin full operations in 20-22 and will operate for at least a decade.