President Obama has blunt words for his Afghan counterpart. Anti-gay bill is in Arizona governor's court. And obesity rates have plummeted among U.S. kids.
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. AFGHANISTAN DEAL
U.S. running out of patience:
We're not bluffing: That's what the Obama administration told Afghanistan yesterday. If no bilateral security deal is signed, the U.S. says it's planning to withdraw all its troops from the nation by the end of the year. The White House statement showed President Obama's impatience with President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign the agreement that would keep thousands of American troops in the country after combat operations conclude this year.
2. OBESITY RATES
Sharp drop among children:
The scales are tipping -- in a good way -- for the nation's smallest eaters. Obesity rates for those between ages 2 to 5 years have plummeted over the past decade, a new study shows. Between 2003 and 2012, obesity for those ages declined from 14% to 8%. Great news, hopefully enduring. But experts say the fight is far from over. "We still have a long way to go before we solve this problem once and for all," first lady Michelle Obama said yesterday. Obama has been instrumental in pushing the Lets Move! campaign to fight obesity.
3. ARIZONA ANTI-GAY BILL
The bill's in her court:
To sign or not to sign? That's the question for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. All signs indicate she'll likely veto the bill that would allow use of religious beliefs as a basis for refusing service to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it promotes religious freedom; opponents say it discriminates. In an exclusive interview with CNN in Washington, Brewer did not signal her intention either way. "I'm going to go home, and when I receive the bill, I'm going to read it and I'm going to be briefed on it. And I will make my decision in the near future," she said.
4. AIR MARSHALS
Numbers pared down: This is not good. The number of plain-clothed federal officers protecting aircraft from terrorists has gone down in the past three years, according to an internal e-mail obtained by CNN. The exact number of marshals is secret, and the Homeland Security Department declined to say how many positions have been eliminated. Nor would it say what percentage of marshals positions were cut. But that's disconcerting news just days after the U.S. warned of shoe bomb threats.
5. OKLAHOMA DEATH
New video, more questions:
Relatives of a man who died after a struggle with cops at an Oklahoma movie theater released a cellphone video showing five officers restraining him down on the ground. His wife, Nair Rodriguez, shot the video of her husband, Luis Rodriguez, outside a Moore theater this month. But questions remain about the manner of his death, and why the altercation between his wife and daughter prompted police action.