Much of the Soviets' development work got wiped out by a civil war in the 1990s. But the scope of the effort then was limited compared with the work today.
Tasers were involved in three deaths over the weekend, renewing the debate over when and how the police-issued stun guns should be used.
Immigration debate continues as a Nebraska town approves ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants. The ACLU has promised to file a lawsuit to block enforcement.
US and Afghan officials estimate $1 trillion in untapped Afghanistan mineral wealth that they say bodes well for the country's economic future. But others are skeptical.
Many Afghans say the pace of development has not matched the amount of investment. Since 2001, the US has spent more than $39 billion on humanitarian and development projects.
They seem to be moving from Iraq to Pakistan and Afghanistan.