Barack Obama to Announce Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan; Rent Regulations Deal Finalized in Albany; Planes Nearly Crash at JFK


• President Obama is expected to announce a troop withdrawal plan in Afghanistan tonight in a much anticipated speech. By the end of 2012, 30,000 U.S. “surge” forces will be fully withdrawn from the country — 10,000 troops will be withdrawn by the end of this year, and another 20,000 next year, according to a congressional source. An estimated 100,000 U.S. troops are currently serving there. [CNN]

Newt Gingrich apparently had a second line of credit at Tiffany’s for “as much as $1 million dollars.” Related or not: Two of his fundraisers just quit his campaign. [WP]

• State lawmakers have passed a 24-hour emergency extension as they continue to work out the details of rent laws for the city. A new bill would increase the point at which apartments would no longer be rent stabilized to $2,500, up from $2,000, and tenants making more than $200,000 annually would pay market rent, as opposed to the current income ceiling of $175,000. [NY1]

• A Lufthansa plane beginning takeoff had to abort mission abruptly when an EgyptAir plane took a wrong turn into its path Monday night at JFK. Officials didn’t say how close the two planes were to colliding, but both later departed and arrived at their destinations safely. [Fox]

• Nicholas Brooks, son of Joseph Brooks, the Oscar-winning composer of “You Light Up My Life” who committed suicide last month, is reportedly considering a plea deal in the Soho House murder of his girlfriend, Sylvie Cachay. [NYP]

• New things to worry about: There is such a thing as “Blackberry neck.” Fortunately, there’s a facial for it. [Pat’s Papers]