5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the crisis in Syria to media gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington.

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

1. Obama Faces Fight for Support for Syria Strike

Lawmakers from the House and Senate cut short their five-week summer recess to attend a classified briefing from senior administration officials hoping to make the case to Congress to authorize a military strike on Syria.

2. US Base Attacked in Afghanistan

Militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan, shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks and killing at least three people.

3. More Tank Leaks Found at Japan Nuke Plant

Japan's top nuclear regulator raised safety concerns about shoddy storage tanks and their foundations after signs of more radiation-contaminated water leakage at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

4. Mandela Spends First Night at Home

Nelson Mandela spent his first night at his Johannesburg home since leaving a hospital where he spent nearly three months.

5. Diana Nyad Getting Closer in Cuba-Florida Swim

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is in the homestretch of her historic swim from Cuba to Florida. Her representatives say she's less than 10 miles away from Florida.

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