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Williams takes himself off of NBC newscast

LOS ANGELES

Brian Williams is stepping away temporarily from the “NBC Nightly News” amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, saying it has become “painfully apparent” to him that he has become a distracting news story.

In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff that was released by the network, the anchorman said that as managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” he is taking himself off the broadcast for several days. Lester Holt will fill in, Williams said.

“In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” Williams said in his memo.

“Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” he wrote.

Williams has apologized for falsely saying on the air that he was in a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while in Iraq in 2003.

Bruce Jenner unhurt in crash that killed 1

MALIBU, CALIF.

Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner was in one of the cars involved in a four-vehicle crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu that killed a woman, Los Angeles County authorities said Saturday.

Jenner wasn’t hurt, but seven other people suffered minor to moderate injuries in the crash that occurred shortly after noon, said Art Marrujo, a dispatch supervisor with Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Rouzan said Jenner was an occupant of one of the four vehicles.

Jenner’s publicist, Alan Nierob, said Jenner wasn’t hurt, but he offered no additional details.

A freelance photographer for The Associated Press said a white sedan that was involved in the crash was crumpled in the front and back.

It was facing a black Hummer with a heavily damaged front end.

The accident comes at a time of widespread speculation that Jenner, 65, is transitioning to become a woman.

Jenner has not publicly spoken about the transition, but his appearance has gradually become more traditionally feminine.

Associated Press

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