Posted: Sep 30, 2012 2:58 AM
Updated: Sep 30, 2012 2:58 AM
Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, news producer Caleb Jones can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Mike Musielski (ext. 1900). Times in EDT.
KABUL, Afghanistan U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014. The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police against American and NATO troops, and questions about whether allied countries will achieve their aim of helping the Afghan government and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years. By Patrick Quinn.
AP photos, graphic.
AFGHAN INSIDER ATTACKS
KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan army Sgt. Habibullah Hayar didn't know it, but he had been sleeping with the enemy for weeks. Twenty days ago, one of his roommates was arrested for plotting an insider attack against their unit deployed with NATO forces in the east. Afghan security forces or militants in their uniforms have gunned down more than 50 foreign troops this year, but an equal number of Afghan policemen and soldiers have been killed in the attacks, giving them reason to fear possible infiltrators within their ranks. By Deb Riechmann.
KABUL, Afghanistan An apparent insider attack by Afghan forces has killed a U.S. service member and a U.S. civilian contractor with NATO, officials say. The attack the latest in a string of strikes by Afghan allies on international troops marked the 2,000th U.S. troop death in Afghanistan over the long-running conflict. By Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez.
IRAQ Iraq: 4 separate car bomb attacks apparently targeting Shiites kill 9 in and around Baghdad.
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Officials say hundreds of Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook have set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar. A police chief says at least 20 people were injured in the attacks that followed the posting of a Facebook photo of a burned copy of the Quran. The rioters blamed the photo on a local Buddhist boy.
MYANMAR-A TOWN DIVIDED
SITTWE, Myanmar Three-and-a-half months after some of the bloodiest clashes in a generation between Myanmar's ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Muslims known as Rohingya left the western town of Sittwe in flames, nobody is quite sure when or even if the Rohingya will be allowed to resume the lives they once lived there. The conflict has altered the demographic landscape of the coastal state capital, giving way to a policy of government-backed segregation that contrasts starkly with the democratic reforms Myanmar's leadership has promised since half a century of military rule ended last year. By Todd Pittman.
PAKISTAN-BLASPHEMY Muslims, including cleric, accused of blasphemy after attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan.
UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY-KOSOVO AP Interview: Kosovo PM says negotiations with Serbia must happen, but partition never will.
ASIA-TYPHOON Powerful typhoon causes blackouts and injuries in southern Japan, heads to Tokyo area.
WASHINGTON Medicare is changing the way it does business with hospitals and the result could be fewer patients going back into the hospital after they were discharged.
SUU KYI-SAN FRANCISCO Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in San Francisco during landmark visit to US.
TEXAS EARTHQUAKE Minor 3.4 magnitude quake shakes suburb west of Dallas, Texas, no damages or injuries reported.
CENTRAL PARK CONCERT Young, Foo Fighters, others wow thousands at Central Park concert to call attention to poverty.
BET HIP HOP AWARDS Atlanta police break up scuffle backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards, no arrests.
PEOPLE-KINGS OF LEON Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill marries model Martha Patterson near Nashville.
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA AWARDS 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' among winners at 22nd annual Environmental Media Association Awards.
FRANCE-FASHION-DAY 5 WRAP Individual shows boldly stamp Paris fashion week in eclectic day 5.
Sports Coverage: NFL, baseball, golf, auto racing.
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week." Topic: Politics. Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; White House adviser David Plouffe; former Govs. Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Howard Dean, D-Vt.
NBC's "Meet the Press." Topic: Politics. Christie; Plouffe; former Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa.
CBS' "Face the Nation." Topic: Politics. Christie; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
CNN's "State of the Union." Topic: Politics. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md.; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
"Fox News Sunday." Topic: Politics. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.