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Here are some of the top stories at NBC News:
Ariel Castro: I "can’t believe what I did"
Three days after convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro hanged himself in his jail cell, NBC News has obtained FBI videotape of his interrogation that provides insight into how close he came to being caught and personal letters to his children in which he writes about long-held thoughts of suicide. Read more at TODAY.
Obama at G20
President Barack Obama is using his last day in Europe to renew his quest for foreign support for a U.S. military strike in Syria. But three days after he left Washington, it's unclear whether the global coalition the president has been seeking is any closer to becoming a reality amid skepticism at home in Congress and the American public. Read more at NBC News.
Two days before the New England Patriots plays their NFL season opener, former Pats star Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned on murder and weapons charges in Massachusetts. It’s possible that a trial date will be scheduled. Hernandez has been held without bail for two months in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, 27. Meanwhile, Hernandez remains a suspect in a separate homicide in 2012. Read more at NBC Sports.
Taliban critic executed by militants
A woman whose dramatic memoirs about marrying an Afghan man and escaping the Taliban were turned into a Bollywood movie, was shot dead outside her home in Kabul on Thursday. Sushmita Banerjee, 49, had only recently returned to Afghanistan to be with her husband. Read more at NBC News.
Teen birth rate at historic low
The birth rate among teenagers reached another historic low in 2012, government researchers announced Friday. According to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate among young women ages 15 to 19 fell 6 percent last year, to 29.4 births per thousand, the lowest rate in the 73 years the government has been collecting the data. The birth rate for all women of childbearing age — 63 births per 1,000 women — was essentially flat from the year before. Read more at NBC News.
Mile High master: Peyton Manning matches NFL record
Peyton Manning became the first NFL quarterback since 1969 to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game as the Denver Broncos throttled the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens 49-27 in the league’s regular season opener. Only six other players have passed for seven touchdowns, none since Minnesota’s Joe Kapp 44 years ago. Read more at NBC Sports.
World’s largest volcano found at bottom of sea
It’s 400 miles wide, lies at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and has slept for 144 million years. It is Tamu Massif, newly anointed as the world's largest volcano (sorry, Mauna Loa). Until now, geologists thought Tamu Massif was simply part of an oceanic plateau. Read more at NBC News.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First published September 6 2013, 3:52 AM