Last night, President Barack Obama announced that he will begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Paresh Nath fears that it might be a long way home for our troops, while RJ Matson thinks that "home" for some of them might not be much different from the war-torn country.
President Obama has studied the life of President Lincoln. In his second inaugural address in 1865, Lincoln spoke of the Civil War, then nearing its end: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." A section of Obama's speech had a similar rhythm.
The U.S. military is investigating claims by veterans that they buried barrels of a toxic defoliant at an American base in South Korea three decades ago. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War, and it's been blamed for a variety of ailments, including cancer and nerve disorders.
A notorious Boston gangster has been captured by authorities near Los Angeles. James "Whitey" Bulger is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders. The 81-year-old has been on the run for 16 years.
President Obama travels to Fort Drum in upstate New York on Thursday. The base has sent many troops to Afghanistan over the past decade. Last night, David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio got reaction on the president's speech from people at Fort Drum.
Some 11,000 people were told to evacuate Minot, North Dakota, yesterday because of flooding. Residents are expecting floodwaters to reach as high as rooftops. For the latest developments there, Renee Montagne talks with reporter Perry Olson.