As millions of Americans spend this Saturday rushing to get ready for the holidays, it is also turning out to be a busy news day.
We have several developing stories. Here in New York, there is one tragic story that stands out, the murder of a New York City police officer. It happened early this morning in the Bronx. An off-duty officer was shot and killed in his driveway after a gun battle with 2 burglars. What's unusual about this is that one of the suspects in this murder has been identified as Lillo Brancato, Jr., an actor who appeared in a film directed by Robert DeNiro called "A Bronx Tale". Brancato also appeared in several episodes of "The Sopranos". He and the other suspect have been arrested. NBC's Mike Taibbi will bring us the details tonight.
Another story we are following is out of California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may decide today whether or not to spare the life of convicted quadruple murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, scheduled for execution Tuesday. A number of high profile entertainers have urged the Governor to grant Williams clemency. We keep you updated on this.
One of the other top stories today comes from Montreal, at an international conference on global warming. The two week meeting came to an end today. The Bush administration continues to oppose mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, which leaves questions about the future of a new treaty.
And as we continue our coverage of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, we plan to bring you the story of City Park. It was severely damaged by the hurricane to the tune of 43 million dollars. There is no money to fix it, or keep it open.
NBC's Jennifer London brings us that story from our New Orleans bureau.
That's where we stand right now. We'll see you later tonight.