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KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Sep. 3) — Nyad's nautical first, Exide excretions, crazy-making kindergarten, Syria debate sizzles

1. Diana Nyad inspires swimmers at her Pasadena training pool (KPCC)

Nyad's message to the crowd on that Florida beach — that you're never too old to chase your dream — resonated with younger swimmers. The 64-year-old on Monday became the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

2. State may let Exide stay open; neighbors are wary (KPCC)

State regulators say they're nearing a deal with Exide to ensure cleanup and safe operation. Boyle Heights, Bell, and Maywood neighbors are skeptical.

3. CBS, Time Warner Cable reach agreement (KPCC)

CBS and Time Warner have reached an agreement on fees for carriage of the network's stations on Time Warner Cable systems across the country.

4. Obama confident Congress will approve Syria action (AP)

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he's confident Congress will authorize a military strike in Syria, and he won the support of House Speaker John Boehner.

5. Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover (AP)

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the mobile computing market.

6. The pressure to get kindergarten 'right' makes for anxious parents (KPCC)

Many parents start the Kindergarten process a year before school starts, when they began researching where to place their kids. The array of options can be, well, crazy-making.

7. Kick off fall with 4 art projects for kids (KPCC)

A roundup of creative art projects for kids that will help you get into the spirit of fall. Check out these crafts from around the web.

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