Coming up tonight on NBC Nightly news, we'll have coverage of the continuing heat wave in the west. The video we've seen from bank thermometers looks like they're displaying NBA scores. Lots of triple digits, and not a drop of rain to cool things down. As these things go the risk of heat-related deaths and wildfires increases each day. NBC's Charles Hadlock is on the top of that for us today.
Jim Maceda will explore a new twist to the violence in Iraq, where 8 American soldiers have died over the last few days, and over 100 civilians were killed today in a car bombing north of Iraq. There is good news in that the troop surge is working to stem the violence in Baghdad, but the bad news is, insurgents are stepping-up their attacks outside the capital as demonstrated by today's attack in Tuz Khormato.
Here in the newsroom we've all been enjoying a direct feed of the Live Earth concerts going on across the world today. Former Vice-President Al Gore has been the point man for this global effort to draw attention to the problem of climate change. It is reminiscent of past concerts on behalf of famine and poverty relief. Tonight our Ron Allen will hear from those who question the staying power of these sorts of efforts, and look at how much good Live Earth will really do.
John Yang will have the story of a government disconnect, that raised the expectations of thousands of legal immigrants who thought they were about to be put on the fast track to citizenship.
Finally, if 7 is your lucky number then you are lucky times 3 today. We'll show you the incredible line-up at one Las Vegas wedding chapel on this July 7th, 2007, for couples hoping a 7/7/7 wedding will bring them good luck. (Just beware of the 7 year itch!)
Thanks for checking-in with us. I'll see you later this evening on NBC Nightly News.