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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced plans to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, starting with a significant withdraw that would leave only 9,800 troops in the country by year’s end. By the end of 2015, that number would be reduced by roughly half. “We have to recognize that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it is not America’s responsibility to make it one,” Obama said. Read about it here…[Reuters]

This sad and ironic thing happened. A Chicago coffee expert who worked at Intelligenstia Coffee (and later started a coffee start-up) died on Saturday when he was crushed to death by a large coffee machine he was setting up. Read about Jim Karr here…[DNAInfo]

Speaking of Chicago, how about a little positivity? The cutest 6-year-old boy is being credited with saving his 10-year-old neighbor’s life after his quick thinking thwarted a kidnapping. When Kaylen Woodard witnessed a stranger grab Marcy Edwards, the boy kicked the stranger in his leg, giving his friend time to escape. Read about the daring mission here…[HuffPost]

Here’s some news…Cliven Bundy, the Tea Party’s favorite racist “patriot,” has left the Republican Party. No…seriously, he did. Read about it here…[HuffPost]


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