White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses as he speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Carney discussed the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House press secretary steps down

White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interr…

FILE - This May 25, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking during a troop rally after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Senior U.S. administration officials say President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year. Nearly all of those forces are to be out by the end of 2016, as Obama finishes his second term. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced plans for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. milit…