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On Wednesday’s NewsHour…

CASUALTIES RISE IN AFGHANISTAN | The death toll for NATO forces has risen to 45 in the month of July after multiple attacks killed 8 U.S. and 3 British soldiers in the past 24 hours. For insight, Jim Lehrer talks to Major Benjamin Tupper, who was an embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army, and Major General Charles Dunlap, who was the Air Force’s number two lawyer until his recent retirement.

RISKS AND BENEFITS OF AVANDIA | Independent health advisers recommended the diabetes drug Avandia stay on the market in some form today, despite safety concerns over heart risks. Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on today’s ruling, then Gwen Ifill sits down with experts to discuss the drug’s risks and benefits.

AMPUTEES IN HAITI | Ray Suarez continues his reporting from Haiti, detailing the road ahead for citizens who found themselves amputees after the country’s devastating earthquake in January.

NOLA POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED | Margaret Warner updates the situation as the Department of Justice charged six New Orleans Police officers with the killings of unarmed citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday’s anchors are Jim Lehrer and Gwen Ifill. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top news stories and a look at features on the Web, including video and reporting from a Frontline, Probulica, and Times-Picayune collaboration detailing more on the charges against the New Orleans officers. Also, we’ll have GlobalPost’s story about the rules of engagement in Afghanistan in addition to a conversation with Jean-Michel Cousteau, who shares aerial and underwater images of the Gulf oil spill disaster.

We hope you’ll join us.

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