â€˘ After seven years of war, President Obama formally declared the U.S. combat mission in Iraq to be over.
In contesting no victory, Obama concluded the war with 4,400 dead troops, in addition to tens of thousands injured and hundreds of billions of dollars spent.
He acknowledged the future of the nation with a commitment to fixing the exhausted economy.
â€˘ Sept. 2, following the explosion of an oil platform off the coast of Louisiana, all 13 crew members were rescued.
This marked the second disaster in the Gulf of Mexico within a five-month period.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Bill Cooper recalled Thursday that his mother used to have a needlepoint pillow bearing the words, â€śAfter 40, itâ€™s patch, patch, patch.â€ť
â€śForty sometimes becomes 50, but this year, Iâ€™ve had a lot of patches,â€ť said Cooper, 64, who is retiring after a 35-year career with S&T Bank. â€śI want to retire while I have the health to enjoy it.â€ť
Having undergone quadruple bypass surgery in July 2008, he said, â€śThat gets your attention.â€ť
His last day at the bank, where he serves as regional vice-president for commercial lending, is Monday.