5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y. The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Britain Won't Join in a Syrian Attack

The Obama administration's plans to strike at Syria lost its most important foreign ally when the British government said it would not take part in any military action against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons.

2. Report: Classified U.S. Intelligence 'Black Budget' Revealed

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents providing the most detail yet about how the vast U.S. intelligence community uses its nearly $53 billion so-called "black budget," according to a report by The Washington Post.

3. NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuits for $765 Million

The National Football League agreed to pay $765 million to retired football players who sued the league over head injuries that they blamed on their time playing pro football.

4. IRS Extends Tax Benefits to Married Gay Couples

Legally married gay couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns even if they live in states that don't recognize same-sex marriages, the Obama administration announced.

5. Fergie and Josh Duhamel Welcome a Son

Singer Fergie husband and Josh Duhamel welcomed a son, Axl Jack Duhamel.

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