Obama gives peace a chance, the country remembers 9/11, and a Jordanian lawmaker fires an AK-47 in parliament.
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
OBAMA AND SYRIA
Give peace a chance: President Obama tried to convince Congress and the rest of America last night that targeted strikes on Syria could be a good idea.
But first, he wants to see if Syria will give up its chemical weapons, with some help from its friend Russia.
It's clear the president wants to keep the threat of military force bouncing around in Bashar al-Assad's head in case the diplomacy route doesn't work.
But what happens even if al-Assad gives up all his chemical weapons? Will the Syrian death toll continue soaring over 100,000?
Vivid memories, threats still linger: Much of the country will fall silent at 8:46 a.m. today to remember the thousands of people killed on 9/11.
It's been 12 years since the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. No one has forgotten.
So are we safer from terrorist attacks now? Obama thinks so, but he says "we're not going to be able to protect ourselves 100% of the time against every threat."
MISSOURI GUN BILL
The 'shoot me' state: That's what critics are calling Missouri, where the state legislature's trying to accomplish something that's never been done: pass a law that will not only let residents own a machine gun, but also arrest federal agents if they try to take it away.
What's more, the bill would make it illegal for anyone to publish identifying information about a gun owner.
The legislation already passed once through the Republican-led House and Senate, only to be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He said there's this thing in the U.S. Constitution called the Supremacy Clause. You can't have state laws supersede federal laws.
Lawmakers insist what they're proposing is not only constitutional, but essential to protect the rights of gun owners. And today, the legislature votes to override the veto.
Color me unimpressed: Sure, it's pretty cool that the new iPhone 5s can use your fingerprint as a password. And the new color options on the iPhone 5s and the cheaper, simpler iPhone 5c will please more fickle tastes.
But if Apple wanted to do something radical, maybe it could take a page from a new concept called PhoneBloks. The idea is to configure your phone with the modules you use most (say, a bigger camera if you specialize in photography, or less storage if you mainly store stuff on the cloud).
DIANA NYAD SWIM
Sharks and snarks: After dodging sharks and jellyfish during her swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad is now dealing with a different challenge: tough questions about whether she completed the swim fair and square.
The 64-year-old is firing back at doubters, saying she swam entirely on her own.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Politician shoots AK-47 at rival: A Jordanian lawmaker apparently thought the best way to resolve a dispute with a fellow parliamentarian was to shoot an AK-47 at him.
Fortunately, it didn't work. The gunman missed, and no one was injured. Now the politician is out of a job, having been expelled from parliament.