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People protest against a US military intervention in Syria in front of the Cannon House Office Building near the US Capitol in Washington on Monday.
Here are some of the top stories we're following Tuesday at NBC News:
Before push for war, a play for peace
As President Barack Obama prepares to make his case to the American people to use force in Syria, France announced it will seek a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Syria place its chemical weapons under international control. The resolution could create a framework for the United States and its allies to accept a Russia-brokered diplomatic solution to the crisis. It also puts pressure on Russia to allow a Security Council vote on Syria for the first time. Read more at NBC News.
Poll: Americans against using force in Syria
President Obama will need to be very persuasive when he speaks Tuesday night about using force in Syria: Just 24 percent of Americans believe military action in response to Bashar Assad’s reported use of chemical weapons is in the U.S. interest, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Read more at NBC Politics.
Bay Area wildfire chases residents indoors
Smoke gets in your eyes -- and your lungs. That’s why authorities are warning residents in the San Francisco Bay Area to seal themselves in their homes as smoke spreads from a growing wildfire in mountains to the east. The Morgan Fire has scorched 3,718 acres in just three days and is 20 percent contained. Read more at NBC News.
Honeymoon is over: Bride charged in groom's death
It’s a script straight out of Law & Order. They were newlyweds, but she was having second thoughts about the 8-day-old marriage, court documents say. They drove the short distance from their Montana home to Glacier National Park, where they got into an argument. He grabbed her by the arm, but she pulled away and shoved him face-first off a cliff to his death. Two months after Cody Lee Johnson's body was found, federal prosecutors gave their version of what happened to the 25-year-old Kalispell man, and his wife, Jordan Linn Graham, 22, appeared in federal court on a second-degree murder charge. Read more at NBC News.
Apple events: Good for shareholders, less so for tech fans
The keynote gatherings in Cupertino to unveil the product of Apple’s two-year iPhone update cycle — a new body one year, an under-the-hood refresh the next — have been treated like a holiday in the tech world, but that static pace of action is starting to give its competitors a leg up, as crazier, more innovative Android (and even Windows) phones come out faster and faster. Read more at NBC News.
Driver who said he 'killed a man' in online video due in court
An Ohio man who allegedly struck and killed a 61-year-old veteran after a night of heavy drinking and then shot a video begging viewers to never drink and drive is to make his initial appearance in court today. A grand jury has charged Matthew Cordle, 22, with aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Read more at NBC News.
Soccer in the desert in the summer? On second thought ...
FIFA officials broke American soccer hearts when they awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar instead of the United States. Now, FIFA President Sepp Blatter admits that might have been a mistake, acknowledging the desert nation’s searing summer temperatures could pose a serious health threat. Read more at NBC Sports.