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The Daily Nightly began on May 31, 2005. As Brian wrote in his first post it aims to provide a narrative of the broadcast day and a window into the editorial process at NBC Nightly News. Brian weighs in every weekday and NBC News correspondents and producers post regularly.

Brian Williams became the seventh anchor and managing editor in the history of NBC Nightly News on December 2, 2004. Read his full biography.

West Coast Edition

Good day from New York. We're still several hours away from a west coast-only edition of Nightly News (due to coverage of the US Open Golf tournament), but already we have a lot on our plate.  Jim Maceda will wrap-up the day in Iraq where the military has revealed it recently raided an apparent Al Qaeda safe house where IDs belonging to those two captured American servicemen have been found. He'll also be reporting on a major offensive against Al Qaeda currently underway, and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates' meetings with military commanders in Baghdad.

Things are still shaking themselves out in the Palestinian territories with Hamas gunman consolidating power in Gaza, and Fatah flexing its muscle on the West Bank.  Tom Aspell is working that story for us.

We'll also have a follow-up from North Carolina where Duke Lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong announced yesterday he would step down from his job. Today a disciplinary panel ruled Nifong broke several rules of professional conduct.  Ron Mott will be along to tell us where all this may lead.

Thanks for checking-in, and enjoy the rest of your day.

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Tonight's broadcast

Good afternoon from New York. Brian has the day off and so I'll be anchoring the broadcast tonight.

Here in the newsroom we've just watched embattled Durham, N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong -- the man who pressed the rape case against those Duke lacrosse players -- offer an apology and announce his intention to resign his office. Nifong today faced a Bar Association disciplinary panel today over his handling of the case. Today's hearing included tearful testimony by Reade Seligmann, one of the players who was once charged with the rape of an exotic dancer. The case was ultimately dropped against all of the accused players, and so today it was Nifong on the hot seat. A seat apparently hot enough to force this afternoon's announcement. Ron Mott is covering today's surprise development for us.

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Indonesian terror arrests 'significant event'

The arrests this week of key operatives of an Indonesian terrorist group is significant, says a senior U.S. counterterrorism official, but neither of the men were responsible for the deadliest terrorist attack in Indonesia, the December 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub that killed 202 people, including five Americans.

The two -- Abu Dujana and Zarkasih -- were grabbed this week and identified as the leader and military commander of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Indonesian terrorist group blamed for the Bali bombing. However, the official said the U.S. does not believe the two men were part of the planning or execution of the attack. 

"It's a serious setback," said the official.  "I can tell you we're happy they're off the street.  It's a significant event."

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Farewell, Sgt. Wyckoff

WyckoffArmy Sgt. Charles Wyckoff, who was buried today at Arlington National Cemetery, always managed to stay out of trouble growing up in Chula Vista, Calif.

"He was the good one," his aunt, Tina Perez, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "All of our nephews were in prison. He never got into gangs, he never got into drugs."

Wyckoff was also the first member of his family to graduate from college. He earned a degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona.

"He was a winner in our family," his aunt told the Union-Tribune.

Caption: Sgt. Charles E. Wyckoff poses before the U.S. flag in this photo courtesy of the 82nd Airborne Division.

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Early Nightly is up

Tom Costello previews some of the stories we're working on for tonight's broadcast, which will be anchored by Lester Holt.

Click here to watch.

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Medal of honor: Edward C. Dahlgren

MohbookEvery weekday for 110 straight days we will feature a different living recipient of the Medal of Honor. These are the men who have received their nation's highest military honor. Brian is a board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The words and photos are courtesy of Artisan Books, publishers of "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier with photographs by Nick Del Calzo.

EDWARD C. DAHLGREN
SERGEANT, U.S. ARMY  3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Infantry, 36th Infantry Division

Dahlgrenps_52_2 Edward Dahlgren’s family emigrated from Sweden and became potato farmers in Maine. Dahlgren grew up speaking Swedish at home and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He left high school after his junior year to work on a potato farm near his home. Agriculture was always his first love, but because he wanted to help the war effort, in 1942 he took a job in a Massachusetts machine shop doing defense-related work. He was drafted into the Army early in 1943.

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TROUBLE IN SPACE?

If they call Tom Hanks in for help, we'll know this is a serious problem on board the space station.  So far, it seems to be a data issue with some complications.  We have Tom Costello on the case, and he'll report for us.

From Gaza, today's headline appears to be this: the standing government appears split in two, and it looks like a militant Islamist state will take up residence next to America's most important ally in the Middle East. We're on the story, as we are other disparate topics like immigration, breakfast cereals for children and hidden, residential pot farms in California.

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Early Nightly is up

Earlynightly

Brian previews some of the stories we're working on for tonight's broadcast, including trouble with the space station.

Click here or on the image to watch.

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Golfers helping wounded veterans

NBC's Roger O'Neil will report tonight the story of a pro golfer helping disabled vets -- it's part of our "What Works" series.

The golfer featured tonight is part of a partnership program established by the PGA of America, Disabled Sports USA and the Department of Defense for severely wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The PGA has coordinated a team of six PGA Professionals per city, who will instruct wounded warriors at sites near the three primary military hospitals - Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; and Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, Calif.

The program is a nationwide initiative involving both active duty and retired members of the Armed Forces who were severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Learn more about the program and find pro golfers instructing the disabled in your area.

Watch Roger O'Neils report from 'Nightly News'

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Medal of Honor: Francis S. Currey

MohbookEvery weekday for 110 straight days we will feature a different living recipient of the Medal of Honor. These are the men who have received their nation's highest military honor. Brian is a board member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The words and photos are courtesy of Artisan Books, publishers of "Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier with photographs by Nick Del Calzo.

FRANCIS S. CURREY
Private First Class, U.S. Army  Company K, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division

Currey_50 An orphan who had grown up in a foster home in upstate New York, Francis Currey enlisted in the Army in the summer of 1943, one week after he graduated from high school. Though he completed the Officer Candidate School course, his superior officers decided he was “too immature” to receive a commission.

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