By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor
The number of fires now burning in California has dropped to fewer than 400. That's the good news. The bad news is that the two biggest, the Big Sur Basin fire and the Gap fire in southern California, are still out of control. Our Peter Alexander is on the scene at the Gap fire, near Santa Barbara, and will report tonight that any progress during the day risks being undone at nightfall because of something called "sundowner" winds. He'll explain why this is such a tough one.
We will also update a story that for weeks now has been changing the eating habits of millions of Americans. The government says there have now been over 900 reported cases of salmonella poisoning. And if you thought avoiding tomatoes would keep you safe, you may be wrong. The list of suspect produce has now expanded as health detectives try and track down the elusive source. Martin Savidge will bring us up to date.
If you decided to play tourist at home this holiday rather than hit the road and pay high air fares or gas prices, then you are among a growing number of Americans who have discovered "staycations." NBC's Tom Costello will be reporting that trend tonight.
We don't usually spend a lot of time on sports on this broadcast, but we'd be remiss not to report a pair of stories that have inspired sports fans this weekend. We'll show a little of Venus William's' victory over her sister Serena at the women's championship at Wimbledon today. Meantime we've asked our Mike Taibbi to profile 41-year-old swimmer Dara Torres, who outdistanced competitors half her age to qualify for her fifth Olympics.
CNBC's Trish Regan takes us to Brazil to show us why their economy is booming despite lots of easy credit -- the very thing that has shaken the U.S. economy.
And Nightly News producer Clare Duffy steps in front of the camera tonight to bring us the story of one very lucky and beloved penguin.
I hope you can join us for tonight's NBC Nightly News.