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ARMY

General tells Army he will retire

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was forced out last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, has told the Army that he will retire.

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said Gen. McChrystal notified the service of his plans on Monday, but he has not yet submitted formal retirement papers. It is not clear when he will leave the service, but the process usually take a few months.

President Obama has praised Gen. McChrystal’s long Army career, but says his intemperate remarks in a magazine article that appeared last week could not be abided. Gen. McChrystal apologized for the remarks in Rolling Stone magazine and flew to Washington last week to resign as commanding general of the war.

WHITE HOUSE

Plans will double available air space

The Obama administration is backing a plan to nearly double the space available on the airwaves for wireless high-speed Internet traffic to keep up with ever-growing demand for video and other cutting-edge applications on laptops and mobile devices.

President Obama on Monday committed the federal government to freeing up an additional 500 megahertz of radio spectrum for broadband over the next 10 years, with much of that auctioned off to commercial wireless carriers. The wireless industry currently holds roughly 500 megahertz of spectrum, but hasn’t put all of it to use yet.

The White House memorandum marks an official endorsement of one of the key proposals in the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband plan for bringing high-speed Internet access to all Americans. That plan, released in March, envisions wireless technology as a key way to make that happen - particularly in rural areas where it may be uneconomical to build landline networks.

VICE PRESIDENCY

Cheney exits hospital after treatment

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been discharged from the hospital after his latest bout with heart-related trouble.

Mr. Cheney was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Friday after reporting that he was not feeling well. He underwent testing and ultimately received medication to treat a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease.

His office said on Sunday that the former vice president’s condition has improved considerably, and he left the hospital as expected on Monday. The 69-year-old Mr. Cheney has a long history of heart disease.

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