Hi, I'm substituting for Brian tonight. Here's what we're looking at two hours before air:
New details about the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Military officials now say he was still alive and even talking after air strikes pounded the safe house where he was hiding. Officials say it was unclear what he was mumbling... that he tried to roll off of the stretcher when he realized he was surrounded by U.S. forces... and that he died shortly after. We will have the latest from the Pentagon on Zarqawi's final moments. Plus, Richard Engel reports from Baghdad on how the most-wanted man in Iraq managed to elude U.S. forces for so long... and how special forces have been tracking him over the last several weeks.
Also... sober words from President Bush, who today made it clear that Zarqawi's death is not a reason to celebrate, or to begin bringing troops home from Iraq. Striking a far different tone than he has in the past after victorious moments in Iraq, the President said today, "I do not want the American people to think that a war is won with the death of one person." David Gregory will have a full report from the White House.
And... while Americans may not be entirely tuned in... the rest of the world is watching soccer. The World Cup kicked off in Germany today. Keith Miller looks at the most popular sport on the planet.
Finally, a special story pitched to us by a viewer. You'll meet an eight-year-old who is passionate about reading and writing and who is tutoring students much older.
See you tonight.