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lp you keep better track of your spending. experience everything virtual wallet has to offer at pnc bank. for the achiever in you. on our broadcast tonight, a deep weakness. anthony weiner admits to sending and saying inappropriate things on his computer. he has apologized. high said he's going back to work. >> the wildfire burning up california while firefighters attack it with everything they've got. people are getting ouft the way. surging water. this time, the mississippi river is threatening seven towns. big progress to report in the fight against two forms of skancer. >> plus, what a nationwide chain saw on this broadcast, and how
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it's making a difference. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. the age of oversharing has claimed another victim. a man who so badly wanted to go some day from congressman to mayor of new york, anthony weiner. he's young and volatile in the house of democrats. that's all people knew about him until a lewd picture surfaces from his own twitter account. he denied it was him first, then left it vaeg. then, today in a rather humiliating and depressed conference, he copped to years of computer contacts with women other than his wife. though he said he never met any of them. he asks for forgiveness from all
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and plans to stay on capitol hill. we begin with kelly o'donnell. >> reporter: good evening. not just embarrassing. tonight, nancy pelosi is urging the ethics committee to see if congressman wiener broke any rules or broke any laws. wiping bat tick tears, an emoti anthony weiner admits he lies. >> i would like to admit i made mistakes and i'm sorry. >> they tried to unwide days of lies. >> i have exchanged photo with about six women over the years. >> he said he sent messages using facebook and twitter. among the photos that surfaced online, he acknowledged shirtless and acknowledged more explicit pictures of him exist.
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in congress 12 years, wiener said he will not step down. >> i'm deeply regretting what i have done, and i'm not resigning. >> he married 1 of hillary clinton's closest aides this sum. wreshe was not by his side today. >> we have been through a great deal together, and we will weather this. i love hir very much, and she loves me. >> reporter: when the scandal broke last week, wiener claimed he was the victim. >> i made it clear i didn't send the pictures. >> reporter: and today. >> to be clear, the picture was of me, and i sent it. i'm deeply sorry for the lurt it caused my wife huma. >> reporter: this started on social media, a new outlet for an old scandal. >> now they communicate via social media platforms. >> reporter: in a bizarre twist,
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before he spoke, the congressman's podium was taking over by the conserve tf blogger who broke the sorie. wiener spoke to a packed room, answering questions for about 30 minutes, and he appaologized agn and again to his wife, constituents, the women involved. even the media for his conduct. >> kelly, thanks. now to an urgent situation in the southwest tonight. a big chunk in the state of zone zine is burning out of control. more than 300,000 square miles burned. that's the area of new york city. it's a fire so large, nasa photos clearly show the smoke flume visible from space. on the ground, thick smoke. haze in the swie reported as far away as iowa. george lewis from eager, arizona. >> reporter: the largest fire in
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arizona, known as the wallow fire, has been burning for over a week now with zero containment. >> huge flames on the south side. >> reporter: that's because it's in rugged terrain with plenty of dry wood and brush to fuel it. driven by dry winds and hot temperatures. >> we have been dry out in the southwest area over here, so we're creating a perfect storm of dry fuels, intense weather. >> reporter: a dozen water dropping helicopters were grounded today because of the high winds. over the weekend, they worked to keep flames away from the smaller arizona towns in the fire's path as law enforcement age agencies required people to evacuate in some of those areas. in greer, where people were getting ready to leave, mark peterson has 5,000 head of sheep to sheer. if the wind changes, he and his sheep will have to get out of
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here in a hurry. >> if we have to vacate, we'll have to walk them back out to the northeast. that's kind of what our plan is right now. >> reporter: in case anybody needed reminding, dick bruno put up a red flag to warn people of the high flier hoozered. even as residents hope and pray their community may be spared. >> we're kind of hopeful we may dodge the bullet due to the forest service doing backburning. >> reporter: but there's not much for the wallow fire can do to stop the flames from growing. as you can see, the high winds are continuing tonight. the forecast calls for more tomorrow and the next day. folks back here in the fire camp are going to get much rest this week. >> george lewis near the firelines in eager, arizona, tonight. thanks. in the upper plain states
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tonight, the opposite problem. water and too much of it. six reservoirs along the mississippi river are full, and there's more to come as a result of the snowpack that is melting. now they're releasing the water, and seven different states are on a flood watch as a result. miguel almigar is at a crucial dam in minnesota. that an incredible sight behind you. >> it certainly is. and the massive flow behind me is a major reason why the mississippi could flood. some 700,000 gallons are pouring behind me every second. there's too much to hold back add the hreservoir above. surging and stelweeks from its crest, the missouri river is threatening to topple levees and break banks. in nebraska, they have declared this power plant to declare a
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low-level emergency. meantime, in the dakotas, 20,000 people have been asked to evacuate. steve kokas has lived along the river for 33 years. >> it's hard to take at my age. i'm 78. and i can't fight it anymore. >> reporter: in missouri and iowa, levee failures threatened to flood hundreds of homes and have driven more than a thousand to go to higher ground. the haul acheck family is on the move. >> trying not to get grouchy. it's not been done. >> reporter: with 400 members of the national guard flanks across the river, manpower and air support strengthing levees where they're week. half a million sandbags are laid every day. holding back the river, a monumental task. it's nearly 27 miles long, seven states in its path are in a flood emergency. the river flow is controlled by six dams. today's record release will be
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followed by yet another tomorrow. former south dakota governor mike rounds could use his home. he blames the army corps of engineers for waiting. >> i think their system has to be looked at. we know right now this should not have happened. i don't want to see it happen again. >> reporter: but the corps says there was no way to predict there would be so much water, of little comfort to evacuees told to leave for at least two months. gaining power, tonight, the missouri is on the move and on the rise. as for the nuclear power plant in nebraska, authority say there has been no radio activity leak and they insist it'sophy. back there, with that water dam release tomorrow, it will swell the river again. the question tonight, brian, will the levees hold? >> such violent water, such a beautiful rainbow. thanks. we turn to overseas in iraq today. we haven't had news like this in a while. five americans were killed in a rocket attack in baghdad. the deadliest single day for the
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u.s. there since '09, and today, of course, five american families got the worst possible news. and listen to what president obama said today on the war in afghanistan in an interview with hearst television. as far as we can tell, he hasn't gone quite this far before. it's about getting our troops out of afghanistan. >> by us killing osama bin laden, getting al qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country so the taliban can't take it over, it's time for us to realize we have accomplished a big chunk of the mention and it's time for the afghans to take vaublt. president obama just today which brings us to our chief foreign correspondent, richard engle. we have him back in new york with us for a brief time. after all, we saw you in the region saturday night.
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you saw were there. what do you think? >> we all knew what was happening in july. we were thinking a fast drawdown or a slow drawndown. this is lmenalmost a mission a p accomplished speech for afghanistan. he's said, we have killed osama bin laden. it's time for the afghan government to build its own country, and it will be faster than we thought before. >> where want to show you what the defense secretary, robert gates said, on the fare well tour of the troops in afghanistan, this weekend, talking about how they have weighed so heavily on his mind. >> i think about you every day. i feel your hardship and your sacrifice and your burden. and that of your families', more than you can possibly know.
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you are, i believe, the best our country has to offer. and you will be in line for hugs and prayers every day for the rest of my life. thank you. >> very emotional. >> what a hard slog this has been. this news from iraq today, as i said, the kind of news we're not used to hearing, and so many americans in so many positions of potential harm. >> there's still 100,000 troops in afghanistan. just under fifty,000 in raeg. and those troops are effectively waiting to go home. and it's a terrible situation. they were on their bases in eastern afghanistan today. rocket attacks came in, and according to the u.s. military, the five u.s. troops were killed. it's shiite militias in iraq that want to give the impression that they are winning this war. they want the last american soldier to leave iraq to be a dead soldier so they can say they drove american forces out.
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there's going to be a power vacuum as the american troops leave the shiite militias, as they lead again, trying to prove they're strong, are going to have to demonstrate their power. >> thank you for being with us tonight. turning to politics now. former pennsylvania senator rich santorum formally entered the crowded race now for the republican presidential nomination today. he leveled some harsh attacks on president obama on economic and social issues. sarah palin is defending her own vergz of the story of the famous ride of paul revere after last week giving a version to reporters that differs with history. this week, she insist s she got it back. >> part of the ride was to warn the british that we're already here, hey, you're not going to succeed. you're not going to take american arms. you're not going to beat our
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well-armed persons and militia we have. he did warn the british, and a shout-out gotcha type of question, i answered candidly. i know my american history. we checked the shout-out question about paul revere. it was a reporter saying what have you seen so far today and what are you going to take awa from your visit? a political reporter said palin supporters have tried to change the story to reflect her version of evepts. when we come backherent, it's not often we get to report real progress in the fight against cancer. tonight, good news on two fronts wroorb. >> and an idea that's spreading to menus across america and making a difference. taking care of your oral health should be a top priority - and that means getting rid of odor-causing bacteria and plaque. try improved polident. its microclean formulation is antimicrobial and antibacterial to kill
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our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> what about your skin? >> after 30 years of little progress in the fight against one of the deadliest forms of cancer, there was more good news about two drug therapies, and rick wilke may represent a huge breakthrough. he's reclaimed his wife as a surfer, husband, father, and commercial pilot. three years ago as melanoma aggressively spread across his body, he was put on an aggressive drug called yerovoy that is meant to shrink the cancer. >> i could see the lumps disappearing. >> reporter: he's now cancer free and maybe exceptional. a study reports 47% of patients using yervoy live at least a year compared to 21% in the control greul grooup. now researchers will test a
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humanity. a test they're passing by the sip, bite, and bag. >> it's a brainless way to contributing to the community. >> there are times i only have $2 or dle 3 in my pocked. >> he says the restaurant is sustainable. it's working because one of five people who come in leave more than what is on the suggested menu board. people like jimmy giles and bonnie smith, who stop by a couple times a week. >> that's definitely helping me get to the end of the month. >> reporter: morthan just serving meals, the company hopes to make even longer lasting contributions. >> we're not curing poverty with this, but we're making a difference inch the middle class communities in which we operate. >> reporter: including graduating a class of youth. the first class to have jobs at p
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panera. a bakery satisfying appetites while creating new bread winners hungry for success. >> the pay it forward is a hand up, not a hand down. that's our broadcast for this monday night. thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to sooyou back here tomorrow evening. good night.


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