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Syrian refugees pass through the Turkish Cilvegozu border gate, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Here are some of the stories NBC News is following today:
Syrian refugee crisis passes 2-million mark
More than two million people have been driven from the tumultuous country, the United Nations reported on Tuesday, with about 5,000 people a day fleeing the violence that has wracked the country. More than 100,000 lives have been claimed by the ongoing conflict between rebels and supporters of President Bashar Assad. Read more at NBC News.
Prosecutors: Charge alleged Auschwitz guards
Thirty alleged guards from the notorious Nazi death camp should face charges dating back seven decades, prosecutors in Germany said on Tuesday. The suspects, who are mostly now in their 90s, are thought to have been among the more than 6,000 SS workers who served at Auschwitz, and might have been complicit in atrocities. Read more at NBC News.
CBS, Time Warner strike a deal
And just in time for football season. After CBS and Time Warner reached an impasse over retransmission fees, the two came to an amicable resolution to resume program starting on Sunday evening. The CBS blackout affected nearly 3 million viewers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Read more at NBC Business.
McCain: Inaction over Syria would be 'catastrophic'
As the White House ratcheted up lobbying to convince Congress to authorize military action against Syria, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that a vote against potential U.S. strikes would be "catastrophic." Along with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, McCain blamed the White House for not making a clear case for intervention in the embattled nation. Read it at NBC News.
Federer upset by Robredo at US Open
Seventeen-time major champion Roger Federer was knocked out in the fourth round of the U.S. Open by Spanish player Tommy Robredo on Monday night. Federer, 32, entered the Open with his lowest seed since 2002. "I kind of self-destructed," he said after the match. "I missed so many opportunities. Read it at NBC Sports.
Nokia sells handset business for $7.2 billion
Microsoft has bought the company's handset manufacturing business, two years after Nokia hitched its fate to the Windows Phone software platform. Nokia, which will continue as a maker of networking equipment and patent holder, was overtaken in the smartphone market by Apple and Samsung in recent years. Read it at NBC Business.
No rain: Hurricane season half over
Meteorologists predicted an above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic this year, but the season's half over and there hasn't been a single hurricane yet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a "very active" hurricane season in May – and that prediction could still come true, forecasters said. Read it at NBC News.
Mississippi gator hunters catch record-breaking reptiles
Only days into the state's alligator hunting season, two separate parties have bagged two record-breaking gators, state wildlife officials said. A Vicksburg man caught a 727-pound alligator with the help of his brother and a friend, and a party of six hauled in a monstrous 13-foot, 5.5 inch reptile over the weekend. Read it at NBC News.
First published September 3 2013, 4:07 AM