President Obama is exploring diplomatic options after Syria agreed to a last-minute Russian resolution. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.
Here are some of the top stories we're following Wednesday at NBC News:
Next Syria step uncertain after Obama's speech
Faced with formidable public opposition and a hesitant Congress, President Barack Obama faces an uncertain path on Syria after taking his case to the country Tuesday night. "Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria," Obama said – but he went on to say that he had asked lawmakers to postpone a vote on a resolution for a strike. Read it at NBC News and weigh in on the speech.
Pennsylvania breaks ground on 9/11 memorial
Workers in the Pennsylvania town of Shanksville, where United Flight 93 crashed 12 years ago after passengers fought with terrorists to regain control of the plane, broke ground on a memorial Tuesday. "Because of the quick and determined actions of the passengers and crew, Flight 93 was the only one of the four hijacked aircraft that failed to reach the terrorists' intended target that day," the National Park Service says. Read more at NBC News.
Two Colorado lawmakers ousted in gun law recall
Colorado State Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron were defeated in a recall after both supported stricter gun control laws in the Western state, which has become a focal point for the issue. Bills requiring broader background checks and restricting the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines were signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, in March. Read more at NBC News.
Ariel Castro's prison guards put on leave
A pair of prison guards who were on duty when Cleveland rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro hanged himself in his cell have been put on paid leave during an investigation, a prisons spokeswoman told Reuters. The leave does not suggest any wrongdoing, the spokeswoman said. Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. Read it at NBC News.
Clerical celibacy open to discussion, Vatican secretary says
The Vatican's secretary of state has said that the celibacy of its priests – a subject that many conservatives consider crucial to the church's identity – is not a matter of dogma and should be open to discussion. Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who is considered the Holy See's second-in-command after the pope, said that the church's enforcement of celibacy among priests has "to be taken into consideration." Read more at NBC News.
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Landon Donovan #of the United States Men's National Team celebrates his second half goal against Mexico with teammates Brad Davis and Graham Zusi.
U.S. soccer team routs Mexico, qualifies for World Cup
American soccer fans celebrated on Tuesday evening as the national team advanced to the World Cup for 2014 after beating Mexico 2-0. The team swept to its victory in Columbus, Ohio, to secure its latest berth. It has qualified for every World Cup since 1986. Read more at NBC Sports.
Six-clawed mutant Maine lobster enjoys viral fame
An unusually endowed lobster from the northern tip of New England has risen to Internet fame thanks to a genetic mutation. The lobster, named Lola, escaped a dinner plate because her left front appendage is divided into five mini-claws resembling fingers. She'll find a new home in an exhibit at the Maine State Aquarium. Read more at NBC News Science.