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Ousted McChrystal says he plans to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was fired last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan War, told the Army on Monday that he will retire.

Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said McChrystal, 55, notified the service of his plans. Hesubmitted formal retirement papers, but it is not clear when he will leave the service.

The decision wasn't a surprise. McChrystal was unlikely to receive another appointment after having been forced out over derogatory comments he and his staff made to a magazine reporter about key administration figures.

McChrystal apologized for the remarks in Rolling Stone magazine and flew to Washington last week to resign as commanding general of the war.

McChrystal once was widely celebrated as the best person to redirect a failing war effort in Afghanistan.


Drilling chemicals are potentially dangerous

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Compounds associated with neurological problems, cancer and other serious health effects are among the chemicals being used to drill natural gas wells in Pennsylvania, although state and industry officials said Monday the practice is not polluting drinking water.

The Associated Press obtained the list of chemicals from the state Department of Environmental Protection, which assembled what is believed to be the first complete catalog of gas-drilling chemicals being used in Pennsylvania. The agency hopes to post it online soon.

The department counts more than 80 chemicals being used by the rapidly growing drilling industry in a process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," as it pursues the rich Marcellus Shale gas reserve.

Industry officials say the chemicals pose no threat because they are handled safely and are heavily diluted when they are injected under heavy pressure with water and sand into a well.


Cheney discharged after fluid buildup

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was discharged from the hospital Monday after his latest bout with heart-related trouble.

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 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.

Cheney, 69, has a long history of heart disease.

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