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Good evening and thanks for joining us... I'm Candace Adorka...
Five people are dead including two Americans after a firefight broke out in Eastern Afghanistan.
It happened Saturday in Wardak province.
One of those killed was an American Soldier.
That brings the total of American servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan to 2-thousand.
Drew Levinson reports.
This weekend marked a deadly milestone in Afghanistan.
Two thousand American soldiers killed since the war began nearly 11 years ago.
It happened at a checkpoint in the Eastern part of the country.
One US soldier, an American contractor and three Afghan soldiers were killed in a firefight
(:18-:28)(--SOT LT. GEN. ADRIAN BRADSHAW/-INTL. SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCES--)
"THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE SOMEWHAT CONFUSED.
THERE WAS A REPORT OF INSURGENT FIRING TAKING PLACE IN THIS INCIDENT WHICH WAS WE BELIEVE MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR"
NATO did not say whether this was another in a series of insider attacks where Afghan security forces turned on coalition troops.
The so called "green on blue attacks" have left at least 52 international forces dead this year.
Joint operations recently resumed after being suspended two weeks ago.
(--SOT:LT. GEN. ADRIAN BRADSHAW/-NTL. SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCES--)
"OUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE VERY STRONG AND THEY ARE VERY EFFECTIVE."
Still US commanders are concerned about the attacks.
(--SOT--GEN. JOHN ALLEN-US/NATO COMMANDER--)
"I AM MAD AS HELL ABOUT THEM TO BE HONEST WITH YOU"
The head of the US-NATO forces spoke to 60 minutes' Laura Logan.
(1:00-1:05)(--SOT--GEN. JOHN ALLEN-US/NATO COMMANDER--)
"WE ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE A LOT FOR THIS CAMPAIGN, BUT WE ARE NOT WILLING TO BE MURDERED FOR IT."
Another top US Military's officer says these incidients are a serious threat the US mission in Afghanistan.
Most U-S and foreign troops are scheduled to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014-- allowing Afghan Security forces to takeover.
Many changes are rolling in with the change in temperatures-- including what you can and can't burn outside.
Starting tomorrow, the rules for burning in many north and central georgia counties get a little more relaxed.
Over the summer months--May first to september 30--- the Environmental Protection Department bans outdoor burning in 54 counties including Bibb, Houston, Jones and Monroe.
It's meant to improve air quality during the hot weather.
We spoke to Frank Sorrells, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry commission over the phone.
He says even though the ban is lifted, people still need to get permission before they set fires.
<we have a fire weather forecats that's generated every morning around 6 a-m and we look at those weather parameters to make a decision what kind of burning will be allowed that day. We'll base that on our fire danger and also our smoke dispersion index, how smoke is gonna behave once it gets into the atmosphere. >
Sorrells says burning any man-made garbage, like constriction materials, is never allowed.
Braves fans traveled from all over to the Ted to watch a final game with the Mets and send off an Atlanta Legend... Courtney?
It's a bitter-sweet weekend for the Braves organization and fans.
Atlanta rebounded from a disappointing 2011 and clinched a wild card spot, but this afternoon was the last game at Turner Field for veteran Chipper Jones.
Chipper guarded third base for the Braves for the past 19 years... But today was his final time on the diamond in Atlanta.
Friday.. Jones received a base with his name on it and spoke to his team and the crowd.
The 1999 N-L MVP is third on the switch-hitter home run list behind Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray with 468.
Chipper had one hit on two at bats today and was sent home off the bat of David Ross.
We'll have full highlights coming up in sports.
Thanks Courtney... In other news... The federal government requires achievement tests in tens of thousands of public schools... but it doesn't have any standards to protect their integrity.
That's according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
The paper also says test security is so inconsistent from state to state that people can't be sure test scores are legitimate.
They surveyed 50 state education departments... and said many of them don't use basic test security measures to prevent cheating... and nearly half don't screen results for irregularities.
On Saturday people across the state turned in me than a thousand pounds of unused prescription drugs
Authorities said the goal was to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands.
They from collection points to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's office in Savannah for weighing.
They will then be burned.
General Motors has issued a recall for 40-thousand cars and S-U-V's because of a faulty fuel pump.
The recall affects these models:
the 2007 through 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt;
2007 Chevrolet Equinox;
2007 through 2009 Pontiac G-5;
2007 Pontiac Torrent;
And 2007 Saturn Ion.
G-M says the fuel pumps in those vehicles could crack and cause a potentially dangerous fuel leak.
The vehicles were sold or registered in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.
Owners can get a free replacement by contacting a G-M dealer.
Lady Gaga's losing Facebook fans... but it's not because fewer people like her.
Instead.... She has one of the many pages hit by Facebook's improvement plan.
They're deleting fake accounts and likes that have been sold.... or acquired through other means.
For example... Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker page has lost nearly 200 thousand likes.
Lady Gaga... dipped by about 66 thousand.
Facebook also rolled out its new Facebook Gifts feature to some users this week.
It lets them buy a real gift... and post the gift-giving on a friend's wall.
The recipient can unwrap a preview of the gift and change size... flavor or style before it ships.
Gifts will roll out gradually across the U-S.
The extended drought is having an effect some people might not expect.
It's coupled with rising food prices to hit farmers hard.
That led them to send more animals than usual to the slaughter house last month... which means you're likely to see higher prices in the meat section next year.
Athena Jones breaks it down.
"People love meat."
MEAT HAS PRIDE OF PLACE AT JAMIE STACHOWSKI'S BUTCHER SHOP IN WASHINGTON.
"What can I get for you, my friend?"
HAM.....PASTRAMI....STEAK....IT'S ALL HERE.
"We're a meat eating country and no matter what, people are going to find a way to get meat."
BUT WITH PRICES FOR PORK AND BEEF EXPECTED TO RISE NEXT YEAR...
THIS LONG-TIME MEAT MAN SAYS CONSUMERS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE -- OR GET USED TO NEW CUTS.
"What happened in the last increase is people went from eating a lot of primals to NY strips, the porterhouses - they went to eating secondary cuts."
"Everybody loves bacon."
THE COMING STICKER SHOCK WILL IMPACT NOT JUST BUTCHERS BUT RESTAURANTS AND DINNER TABLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
"THE WORST DROUGHT IN DECADES MEANS HIGHER COSTS FOR ANIMAL FEED AND LOWER PROFITS FOR FARMERS. FARMS LIKE THIS ONE HERE IN MARYLAND HAVE ALREADY HAD TO RAISE PRICES TO KEEP UP. "
"What you doing, honey?"
JULIE GRAY STINAR RUNS A SMALL FARM NEAR THE WEST VIRGINIA BORDER.
WHERE SHE RAISES HENS, HOGS AND CATTLE.
A THIRD OF HER COSTS GOES TO ANIMAL FEED -- WHICH IS MOSTLY CORN AND SOY.
PRICES FOR CHICKEN AND PIG FEED HAVE SKY-ROCKETED SINCE JULY.
Stinar: It was $14.77 on July 2nd. Now it's $16.79 so it's gone up by two dollars in two months.
Athena: That's fair-- a significant amount.
Stinar: And so then here we have the pig pellet was 12.22 and now the pig pellet is 15.06.
Athena: So it's gonna get worse?
Stinar: Oh it'll get a lot worse.
SHE'S NOW CHARGING A DOLLAR A POUND MORE FOR HER SAUSAGE, PORK CHOPS AND BACON AND PLANS TO SWITCH FROM CORN-BASED HOG FEED TO SORGHUM TO SAVE MONEY.
"It's requiring a lot more creativity. You have to be really good at adapting."
SINCE SHE DOESN'T RAISE BROILER CHICKENS -- THE KIND YOU EAT -- IN WINTER, STINAR IS HOPING TO AVOID THE WORST OF THE PRICE SPIKE FOR THEIR FEED.
AND UNLIKE MOST AMERICAN FARMERS, SHE GRASS FEEDS HER CATTLE -- MEANING SHE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GRAIN PRICES FOR THEM.
BACK IN WASHINGTON, STACHOWSKI'S CUSTOMERS ARE PREPARING THEMSELVES...
"The quality is worth it. I don't mind spending the money."
"There is a limit to what any person would pay."
ONE TONGUE-IN-CHEEK SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM...
"Eat more tofu." (laughs)
THEN AGAIN - TOFU IS MADE OF SOY.
Last month... a government report estimated that corn production would be down 13 percent.... just a few months after corn growers predicted one of the best harvests in years.
The U-S is far from the only country working to trim its budget with spending cuts.
In Spain... the government is bracing for another round of protests against its latest measures.
Previous demonstrations grew heated... and some people reported police firing rubber bullets into the crowd.
The country's new budget includes new spending cuts and tax increases.
There's also speculation that the Prime Minister will look for a Eurozone bailout.
Protesters say the government is trying to solve the country's money problems... on the backs of its people.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sat down with Leslie Stahl... in his first interview since his affair with a family housekeeper came to light.
He told her how he deceived his wife... Maria Shriver... for more than a decade... Here's a quick preview.
You can watch the full interview tonight in just about 30 minutes... right here on 13WMAZ.
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