Hello from New York, where at mid afternoon it is still a relatively comfortable 88-degrees, but our colleagues at NBC Weather Plus tell us the eastern part of the country is about to be gripped by its own heat wave, and cities from Chicago to New York are gearing up to respond to heat-related emergencies. Hot weather and wildfires will top our news tonight. In the west, folks are enduring yet another day of triple-digit temperatures in many places, and as expected the hot, dry conditions have kindled a rash of fires in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, and other states. We will have coast-to-coast coverage of the heat tonight on Nightly News.
John Yang will examine the growing dissatisfaction among Republicans on Capitol Hill with how the president is handling the war and what it means for efforts to set a deadline for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
We will look at the recent softening of gas prices in this country at a time you would expect prices to soar.
Tom Costello is in the Seattle area tonight where Boeing will publicly unveil its new 787 airliner. It's no coincidence the rollout was scheduled for 7-8-07. About half the plane is made of lightweight carbon fibers, and together with a new generation of engines the 787 is expected to burn significantly less fuel then current planes. (In the name of full disclosure, one of those engine offerings is made by our parent company General Electric). For passengers, bigger windows and higher cabin humidity are supposed to make for a more pleasurable flying experience. Tom will tell us how the plane has become the fastest selling new commercial aircraft in history, and why it's being called a "game changer" for Boeing.
As always, thanks for clicking-on to see what we're up to. We'll look for you tonight on NBC Nightly news.