ICYMI: Boy With Autism Is Among Top High School Runners in U.S.

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From a boy with autism who found success on the track to farewell tributes to a comedy legend, here are some highlights from Nightly News’ this week.

Teen With Autism Makes Strides

He’s one of the fastest high school runners in the country and is being courted by at least 200 colleges. Mike Brannigan, 17, also has autism. His family tells us how running was the key to unlocking their son’s true potential, but Mike has even bigger dreams – the Olympics. “Put that in the books of history,” he says.

Remembering Joan Rivers

Can we talk? Joan Rivers’ show biz career ran more than a half-century. She was the first female talk show host, a red carpet fixture and a pioneer whose merciless wit was the funniest in the room, winning her more fans and critics with every passing decade. Take a look back at her trailblazing career.

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When Every Second Counts

Firefighters and paramedics say it’s taking longer to make their way through congested streets and past inattentive drivers, costing them precious life-or-death seconds. Riding along with fire departments across the country, NBC News mounted GoPro cameras on rigs to see what first responders are up against as they try and make their way to emergencies.

How Tim McGraw Is Helping Vets

Country star Tim McGraw is showing his gratitude to the men and women who serve our country by making sure they have a place to call home. Together with Chase and Operation Homefront, McGraw helps provide mortgage-free homes to veterans. Watch what happens when one military family is surprised with a brand-new home and a salute from an entire stadium.

Baby Gets Hearing Aid

In the “aww” moment of the week, watch what happens when a 7-week-old baby with a hearing impairment takes in his parents’ voices for the very first time.