URGENT ¥¥¥ Obama: Top US general to retire, not take NATO job

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that General John Allen will retire and not accept the top job at NATO, as he seeks to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan.

"Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military so that he can address health issues within his family," Obama said in a written statement.