by Lester Holt
Good afternoon. Here's where things stand right now for tonight's broadcast of Nightly News. With General David Petraeus's report to Congress on Iraq due on Monday, and Osama bin Laden's comments on the war made public Friday, the volume level in the debate over Iraq is growing louder. NBC's Kevin Corke will report that General Petraeus is already tipping his hand on what the report will say, and on how the Democratic leadership and White House are already previewing their reaction.
There was a huge outpouring of emotion and adoration in Modena, Italy today as 50-thousand mourners bid farewell to opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti. Among the highlights of the funeral was a film of Pavarotti and his father Fernando performing the hymn Panis Angelicus. NBC's Pat Dawson will bring us the highlights of the service that was held in Pavarotti's hometown.
In health news, our Dr. Nancy Snyderman will report on a new wrinkle in the controversy over a vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer. While in some places the fight has been over whether to require the vaccine be given to all pre-teen girls, Dr. Snyderman will show us a place where doctors can't seem to keep enough of it in stock, and there is a waiting list for the shot.
Tom Costello will tell us about a troubling report about the safety of air cargo in this country, and Ann Thompson takes us to Australia where severe drought has pitted man versus kangaroo in a struggle over the country's now vulnerable wine vineyards.
Thanks for checking in. See you tonight on NBC Nightly News.