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A United Nations chemical weapons expert inspects a map during a visit to one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.
A look at some of the top stories on this Thursday from NBC News:
Syria: White House finds opposition at home and abroad
The Obama administration is hitting hurdles as it considers a strike against Syria: At home, 116 members of Congress demand that lawmakers be consulted first. Abroad, Russia and China make the United Nations option a dead end, and in Britain, memories of the Iraq war sink a plan to approve a quick attack. Read more from NBC News.
Syria: So what happens next?
Every option for the United States in Syria is problematic. A limited strike could push Syria into even more turmoil, a broader attack could cause President Bashar Assad to unleash more chemical weapons, and doing nothing, as the Israeli prime minister warned, could be morally unconscionable. Read analysis from NBC’s Richard Engel.
Millions of Americans pop pills to get Zzzs, federal study finds
The first federal study of its kind finds that at least 8.6 million Americans pop prescription sleeping pills. That includes 5 percent of people in their 40s and 50s and an even higher share of Americans 80 or older, who often have chronic health problems that interfere with rest. Read more on the findings from NBC News.
Walkouts planned nationwide as fast-food workers push for more pay
Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s to pay workers more. Read more on the issue at NBC News.
Hasan gets death in 2009 Fort Hood rampage
Families of the victims of the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, say it’s justice for a coward: Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who admitted to the rampage, has been sentenced to death at a court-martial. He goes to death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Read more from Fort Hood and watch reaction from “Nightly News.”
A sprain, a strain and Baldwin’s disdain
Olivia Munn explains how she dislocated her shoulder on an indoor swing, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are reportedly separated, and Alec Baldwin pins a photographer against a car in his latest scuffle with the paparazzi. Catch up on entertainment news from TODAY.
Probation and community service for Zimmerman’s wife
George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, has apologized to a judge after pleading guilty to perjury. She admitted to misleading a Florida court about a $135,000 fund set up to help her husband’s defense in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. She got probation and community service. Read what she had to say in court from NBC News.