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Violent Iraq

We will note in this evening's broadcast that tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the fall of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. I was sitting-in for Matt Lauer co-hosting the TODAY show that morning in 2003, and recall watching the scene play out on the studio monitor and thinking to myself, "Could it really be this easy?" We all know the answer to that question now, and tonight on the eve of that anniversary we have learned six US soldiers were killed in Iraq today. That brings to 10 the number of Americans killed there this weekend. This also on a day that radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr was heard from after a long silence, ordering his militia fighters to redouble their battle to oust American forces from Iraq, calling them the "archenemy." We'll have the latest out of Iraq as well as a report on President Bush's visit to Ft. Hood, Texas with some soldiers about to head back to the war zone just seven months after their last deployment.

And a lot of us are talking about the weather. In my 10-minute taxi ride to our Manhattan studios this afternoon I saw both huge snowflakes and brilliant sunshine. At least five cities saw Easter day temperatures at least 20-degrees below normal. Our colleagues over at NBC Weather Plus will help us understand why winter has decided to make a curtain call over such a wide area on the country.


Correspondent Bob Dotson's has a nice piece tonight on the lone medical doctor in a remote area of Idaho who's not letting hundreds of miles stand between him and his patients. In this case his pilot's license is proving as valuable as his medical license.

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