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Obama Asks Congress to Delay Syria Vote; Apple Reveals New iPhones; Nyad Says Swim Was 'Squeaky Clean'; U.S. Mens Team in World Cup;

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JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: They were -- Lindsey Graham, for example, said -- who's with the president on this -- said he should have talked more about Iran, he should have laid out clearly what are the benchmarks to see if this Russian proposal is serious, see if the Syrians will give up their weapons. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Orrin Hatch of Utah, saying there are still probably no votes. So, again, the president we didn't get obvious evidence that he changed the dynamic in Congress and some criticism.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: We are already seeing that the process is slowing down. There's -- the majority leader in the Senate said there's not going to be a vote in the Senate. They're all kind of putting it on hold to let the diplomatic efforts play out. What is Congress going to do in the meantime? Is everything just on hold until we see this play out and we trust but verify the Russians and Syria are going to hold to their word?

KING: Congress dose have other business -- the debt ceiling spending, maybe a debate about immigration. But when it comes to Syria, here's what I'm told the president told members of Congress yesterday -- please keep working on resolutions, please work with my staff to see how we might incorporate the details of this new Russian proposal for the Syrians to give up their chemical weapons, perhaps the United Nations Security Council debate.

The president's stern message to members of Congress is: please don't do anything to take the threat of military action off the table, because as the president said in his speech last night, he thinks the threat is one of the reasons there might -- emphasis on might -- be an opening for diplomacy. He said work on the resolutions. Don't do anything to take away my military option.

And, Kate, the most important thing that will happen, possibly a meeting at the United Nations either today or tomorrow and then- Secretary Kerry sitting across eye ball to eye ball with the Russian foreign minister try to get a sense to the biggest question for the country and the world right now, is this really a serious proposal?

BOLDUAN: And Kerry's reaction coming out of that meeting will be telling. Everyone will be parsing those words and his posture after that.

KING: Absolutely.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, John. Great to see you. Thanks.

KING: Thanks.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: All right. We're going to take a break here on NEW DAY. When we come back, Diana Nyad fighting back against his critics. She insists her swim from Cuba to Florida was legit. We're going to tell you what skeptics are pointing to that could keep her record out of the books.

BOLDUAN: And they maybe faster and they maybe quite a bit prettier? But are they buzz worthy? Everything you need to know about Apple's brand new iPhones, ahead.


BOLDUAN: Jessie James?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Jesse James, yes. Price tag.


CUOMO: Her, you can tell she's British. But most of the Brits, when they sing, they sound like us.

PEREIRA: Somebody gave a really good article --


BOLDUAN: Welcome back.

Let's go around the world now -- after holding him since 2010, Pakistan says it is getting ready to release the former second in command of the Afghan Taliban. Saima Mohsin has more from Islamabad.


SAIMA MOHSIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is being held in a secret location right now, but Pakistan's foreign officers told CNN that they have in principle decided to release him at an appropriate time. But we don't know who he'll be handed over to or where indeed he'll be staying. Will it be a neutral location?

But President Karzai has long been pushing for his release to show that the Afghan Taliban is very serious and to give a much needed significant boost to peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right. Saima, thank you so much.

And a postal mystery in England to tell you about. A red letter box suddenly appearing in the middle of a bridge crossing over the River Thames. Aaron McLaughlin has that from London.


ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kate, this is your typical mailbox on street corners in London and throughout the U.K. What's less common, a post box embedded in the buttress of a bridge, just above the water line. It was spotted by a local postman in Berkshire, England. And no one seems to know how it got there. Local residents and psychic Yuri Deller (ph) seems to think it may be the work of ghosts. The royal mail is equally perplexed. They said it's certainly not a working mailbox.

Kate, back to you.


BOLDUAN: Thank you so much, Erin. The work of ghosts.

Cause for celebration in South Korea today. A giraffe sets a baby- making record, giving birth to -- wait for it -- her 18th calf. Here's Patricia Wu.


PATRICIA WU, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's being called a new world record. Female giraffe Jung-son (ph) delivered her 18th baby at the Everland Safari Park in South Korea. No name yet for her new daughter.

Park officials say this makes Jung-son the world's most fertile giraffe. At 27 years old, Jung-son is considered old. One key to her continued fertility is a daily diet and fitness regime that includes more than 22 pounds of her favorite fruits and vegetables. But experts say the most important factor is her close relationship with her partner, Jung-dari (ph). They've been together for 26 years.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: Twenty-two pounds of fruits and vegetables a day. That's a lot.

CUOMO: All in its neck.


BOLDUAN: Exactly. Thanks so much, Patricia.

PEREIRA: So, the long awaited iPhone. We talk about it, it has arrived, ladies and gentlemen, not one but two brand new iPhones.

Here's the question. Are they worth the hype and which one should you buy? To answer those questions, and break down all the new gadgets, we're joined by host of "TechBytes", once again, Brett Larson here.


PEREIRA: Good to have you back. You survived the day.

LARSON: I survived.

PEREIRA: Were there the long lineups and all of the --

LARSON: There are actually -- I've heard rumors there are people already in lines at Apple stores all across the country waiting for the 20th unveiling.

PEREIRA: So, a cheaper one.

LARSON: A cheaper one.

PEREIRA: And a brand new fancy one.

LARSON: The thing about the cheaper one is it's really just last year's model in a plastic case, which I think is kind of nice. It's a nice way of saying Apple saying, hey, we know you want a less expensive phone. Now you don't have to look like Bojito (ph) and go out and buy last year's model because it's now discounted. We'll sell you this year's model, and in five different colors, which is -- it's just nice. It's nice to see, you know, they had success with the colors in the iMacs, we mentioned yesterday.

They didn't name the colors, which I think is odd, like blueberry, lemon.

PEREIRA: They're just colors, and they actually discontinue the 5.

LARSON: They did discontinue the 5, which I think is unique. That's kind of unusual. Usually, it's -- we've got this new phone and the phone you maybe bought a month ago, because you didn't read any of the rumor sites, that's now $100 or free with a service contract.

BOLDUAN: Everyone is always waiting for an Apple unveiling. They did this to themselves, by the way, setting the bar so high -- the wow factor. They revolutionized smartphones every time they come out with one.

Did they pull it off?

LARSON: Exactly. I think they did. I was shocked that everything they announced was everything we knew about. And even Phil Shiller who got up to speak sort of joked about it during the press conference, like, well, you probably already saw this on the Internet, which is very unusual for Apple that lives behind this like giant wall of secrecy.

But what we didn't really know about was everything that it had under the hood. We heard a little bit about a fingerprint scanner but we actually saw it in action. It works very well. You just hold it. You don't have to swipe it or anything. It reads your fingerprints.

What's really interesting are the chips inside the 5S. It's very powerful, a 64-bit processor, which is a very geek speaky. But that's really powerful, like avatar rendering powerful. Like James Cameron could make a movie on his hand-held device with that thing.

And it's unusual because it's a lot of power to have in a smartphone. And so, it kind of -- it begs a question like, what are they thinking here?

PEREIRA: What are you going to do with that?

LARSON: Are they going for the mobile gaming device that everyone likes that Nintendo struggles to keep up with or are they going for, why not? We can put this really powerful chip inside --

BOLDUAN: Bigger and faster is always better.

PEREIRA: And it has improved camera in it, too, the S.

LARSON: Very improved camera.

BOLDUAN: Important because nobody uses a real camera.

LARSON: Nobody uses real cameras anymore. I was on vacation, I didn't even bring a camera with me. You have your smartphone. You can share it instantly which is what we all want to do.

What's interesting, though, you know, Nokia had that 41 megapixel camera they've been touting and everyone likes it and Apple comes out and says we have an 8 megapixel camera. Like a used car salesman.

But what's interesting they improved the optics and they improve the sensor. So, it actually does make for --

CUOMO: It matters because we don't have cameras anymore, you know? It's a big concern, especially when you're in the kiddie game. Everything is on one of these things. It's become so important. So, that's a huge feature.

So, what do you think about demand? You said there are lines going on. That's the proof in the pudding, right?

LARSON: Exactly. You know, there's always that element of people who will buy whatever Apple sells them. They could put shellac over an old phone and they'll but.

But I think we'll see a lot people lining up to buy this, because it is a big step forward in processing power. I think the new iPhone look, the high-end one, I like the way they look.

CUOMO: You're not getting me with a colored case but if it's got great camera and better features, maybe --


LARSON: That phone has a different market, the multi-colored phones. That's like kids and teens.

PEREIRA: Yes. Well, it's going to be interesting. We'll talk to Christine Romans next hour about what it means globally, what it means to business as well.

Brett Larson of "TechBytes", two bites in one week.

BOLDUAN: Wow, two bites, I'm full.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Brett. Great to see you.

LARSON: Good to see you.

CUOMO: Coming up on NEW DAY, Diana Nyad answering critics who question her Cuba-to-Florida endurance swim. Could something she said keep her out of the record books? We'll tell you. You decide for yourself.

PEREIRA: We want to show you love today, because we need that. A guy, how romantic, carrying his girlfriend in his arms through a flood. Things don't always go as planned. Oh, we're freezing the video. We want to show you when we come back as our must-see moment.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. I hope your morning is starting off okay. A full-throated defense from Diana Nyad, that's what we're going to tell you about right now. She's going head to head with her critics. The 64-year-old swimmer says her historic Cuba-to-Florida swim was, quote, "squeaky clean," despite questions from skeptics. Here's CNN's John Zarrella with the story.


JOHN ZARELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Diana Nyad but it bluntly, saying her swim was fair and square. But will it be a record?

DIANA NYAD, LONG DISTANCE SWIMMER: I swam, we made it, our team, from the rocks of Cuba to the beach of Florida in a squeaky clean, ethical fashion.

ZARELLA: In the days since she walked out of the water after swimming 110 miles, a current of questions has been flowing. Could her speed have nearly doubled at one point? Did anyone touch her? How could she have gone for hours without food or water? On the conference call with more than a dozen peers, who will decide the legitimacy of her swim, Nyad was adamant.

NYAD: Never be ever grab on to the boat, the kayak, the escort boat, grab on to another person for any kind of flotation or support, never ever get out of the boat, wear flippers.

ZARELLA: Nyad's navigator described how they picked up a current that had them moving nearly 4 miles an hour for several hours on the second day. That's how and when her speed nearly doubled.

Asked about reports she had gone for hours without food or water she never went more than 90 minutes, she said. Getting into the suit that protected her against potentially deadly box jellyfish required duct taping her booties and gloves and that meant she was touched, but never supported, she said.

NYAD: No handler grabbing my ankle. I was on my own steam entirely. But I was touched. I agree with it.

ZARELLA: If the group determines the suit and the touching meant her swim was assisted, that could nullify her record as the first person to make it without a shark cage from Cuba to Florida. A co-founder of the Marathon Swimmers Forum and a marathoner himself, Evan Morrison, was on the call.

EVAN MORRISON, CO-FOUNDER, MARATHON SWIMMERS FORUM: She acknowledged her crew touched her when she was putting on the jellyfish suit, and I know that she felt that that was necessary, but I personally believe that puts it in the category of an assisted swim.

ZARELLA: Now, her peers must decide if Nyad's swim was, as she said, fair and square. John Zarrella, CNN, Miami.


CUOMO: All right, so if that's what they have, that when she was putting on a protective mask they had to duct tape her hands and feet, and so people did handle her, but the way Nyad agreeing with that, admitting to that, not hiding from that at all, if that's all they have --

BOLDUAN: That's nothing. Is that just hateration?

CUOMO: I'm not impressed.

BOLDUAN: It's a very competitive sport.


BOLDUAN: And there has to be some kind of standard line that you can't cross in order to reach a record, right?

CUOMO: Which is right, but she was very clear, I thought, in saying I wasn't supported. You know, there was no rest given by what this relief was to get the mask and hands and feet on. Judge for yourself. That's why we're telling you this story.

PEREIRA: Could it be that it bugs some people that a 64-year-old woman was able to do what they couldn't.

BOLDUAN: I would hope not. I hope that's not the case.

CUOMO: There's no question, no question that everything that is done that is impressive has this equal and opposite force these days, especially on social media.


CUOMO: The hateration that grows around these things. BOLDUAN: Hasn't some of the criticism been they were questioning if the independent monitors that were following them all along the way were actually independent. If you really wanted to break this record --

CUOMO: Yes. I mean, it's not exactly geopolitics. You're just watching a swimmer cross the water (ph).


CUOMO: I'm saying, that's what they're saying. Kate's right. Come on. She did the swim. My feeling is, you think she didn't do it right, do it yourself. Do it yourself, break the record, and have no body, you know --


BOLDUAN: I wouldn't take her on a swim.

CUOMO: Have nobody with you. Just go there with like a six pack of tuna and diet coke and see if you can --

PEREIRA: I want to share a must see moment.

CUOMO: Oh, whoa. Hold on. Remember tonight Diana Nyad is going to be on with Piers tonight, so you get to hear her take.


CUOMO: Piers is a tough interviewer. That will be good. She'll be put to the test tonight.

PEREIRA: Must see. Ready? We like a guy who's romantic enough to try to carry his woman through the rain and performs a miraculous act. Take a look. He's walking along, carrying her through the flooded area. Listen to the people laughing. Oh, no.

CUOMO: He kept her up.

PEREIRA: Mostly. Her head mostly stayed above, but her bag is soaked.

We assume it was a pothole. They both got soaked as if they weren't before. They seem fine, though They get up, they appear to share a laugh, walk away, carry on. And we've got to say, it is the thought that counts. You tried.


PEREIRA: They're laughing like Romeo, look at you, Romeo.

CUOMO: To the point about haters.

BOLDUAN: I'm wondering if they knew the hole was in there.

PEREIRA: They might have. CUOMO: Those people are all kinds of wrong. If they knew, they're really wrong. If they didn't know, what kind of reaction is that? the guy is walking along. See what I'm saying.

BOLDUAN: We appreciate you. You tried.

CUOMO: Maybe it's a water thing. When people try to perform feats in water.


BOLDUAN: This reaction of hate. Or not. That was a good moment.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, New York City voters, they say no thank you to mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. He finished a distant fifth in the Democratic primary and then made a rather undignified exit. We're live with the details.

CUOMO: That is worthy of the hateration that's going to come along with it.

Plus, much more reaction to the president's message on Syria. He will give diplomacy a chance but he wants to keep pressure on Assad. We'll talk with Senator Bob Casey, get his reaction.


CUOMO: Big headlines, sports, even bigger than sports. Big news about U.S. soccer. Let's being in Andy Scholes. He has this morning's "Bleacher Report." Give us the headline, my friend.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Hey, Chris. Well, not only did the U.S. men's soccer team punch their ticket to next summer's World Cup in Brazil, they did it at the expense of their biggest rival, Mexico. The U.S. got on the board in the 49th minute on a header by Eddie Johnson. Then about 30 minutes later, off the cross Landon Donovan puts the game away. U.S. won, 2-0. They're now headed to their seventh straight World Cup. Mexico, meanwhile, is in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in over 30 years.

All right guys, you've got to check out this run. Nick Saban, he may have a future quarterback in his own backyard. John David Taylor, pee-wee quarterback in Alabama, a legendary run over the weekend. He trucks this defender. Then he's going to get to the outside,.watch this Reggie Bush move. Then this stiff arm.

BOLDUAN: Look how big his shoulders are. Wow.

SCHOLES: What a run. John David Taylor, got to remember that name. We could see him again in the future. He probably could start for the Jets right now.

CUOMO: That stings. How dare you insult his talent that way.

BOLDUAN: His name is John David Taylor.

SCHOLES: John David Taylor.

BOLDUAN: I think we have another Johnny football on our hands, people.

CUOMO: He is really good, and you know he has older siblings. That's where he learned that fend off. He learned that early. Probably his sister beating on him.

BOLDUAN: Wait for it. Do you hear it? It has arrived. It's time for the Rock Block, a quick round up of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: All right, let's take a look at the papers, "USA Today," Americans facing choices for flu shots. More than a dozen varieties will be offered this year, some by injection, others that are sprayed into the nose.

In "The New York Times,: beyond passwords, the latest high-tech tools include a wristband with a unique security feature, it can verify someone's identity by their heart beat. And in "The Wall Street Journal," working in close quarters can be distracting as we know, here on the desk. A study finds face-to-face interaction with co- workers is getting in the way of work. One-third more than phone calls or e-mail. How about that?

BOLDUAN: : That's our problem.

PEREIRA: That's our problem. Time now for business news with Christine Romans.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: That is not our problem. Two big days of gains in stocks. Futures are mixed this morning. The Dow Industrial is up 268 points over the past two sessions, that's the biggest two-day point game since early June.

The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is at its widest point since the roaring 20s. The top 1 percent of U.S. earners collected more than 19 percent of household income in 2012. That's the largest share since 1928.

Ferrari putting the pedal to the metal on investing while unveiling a new car called the 458 Speciale. There it is. The chairman said the company spent more than $2.5 billion over the next five years to develop more new Ferrari cars. Let's go to Indra Petersons for the weather.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: All right, you're feeling the heat out there. I mean we're talking about temperatures well above normal in the northeast. Take a look, New York City 16 degrees above normal. We're looking for 94 today, Pittsburgh 86, D.C., also 14 above at 95.

Well, if it is too hot for you, especially since it is fall, we are going to start to see those changes. A couple cold fronts will start making their way through. First one, not as strong, but by the second one we'll go from above normal to well below normal. Take a look at the temps. Here's what we have today. Watch that first cold front. We'll start to see 80s. By the weekend, we are going to be talking about, not even 70s, welcome to 60s, they're back.

BOLDUAN: The roller coaster continues.

PETERSONS: Of course.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, Indra. We're close to the top of the hour which means it is time for your top news.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions.


CUOMO: Let's call it a time out; the president speaks to the nation, a call to strike now on hold. Can the so-called Russia plan work? We're covering it all for you this morning.

BOLDUAN: Breaking this morning, we have a hurricane. The first named storm of the season has formed in the Atlantic. Hurricane Humberto now growing. We're tracking its path.

PEREIRA: Caught on tape, the moment George Zimmerman was brought back into police custody if only temporarily. New details on the confrontation between him and his wife.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.


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CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 in the east. Coming up this hour, it is 9/11, and we're remembering all that was lost 12 years ago when nearly 3,000 people were killed by terror attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.