September 10th, 2013
01:04 PM ET

Diana Nyad Responds to Her Doubters

Swimmer Diana Nyad is firing back at doubters who are questioning her historic journey from Cuba to Florida.

Marathon swimmers are saying something didn't quite add up but Nyad says she's an open book and she's even planning to sit down with her critics Tuesday night.

CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Diana Nyad walked out of the water at Smather's Beach in Key West, Florida, on her fifth attempt of the swim with no shark cage or flippers, and privately celebrated her accomplishment.

"I get some awards I'll be gracious about it. People, people's individual reactions mean everything so I'm sure this swim will be ratified in due time and that's fine. But I just don't care about it," she said.

Well, not so fast. Apparently many in the online Marathon Swimmers Forum have been raising a tide of questions.

Did she hold onto the boat at any time? Did she get out of the water? How could her speed at one point nearly double?

Evan Morrison, the co-founder of the Forum, is one of those who wants answers.

He's questioning whether independent observers on the boat were truly independent or friend's of Nyad's. He's particularly interested in one overnight period of the journey.

"What her crew reported to be a seven and a half hour stretch on the second night of her swim, where she neither consumed any calories or liquids, went without feeding and drinking, and I think most experienced marathon swimmers look at that think it's impossible."

That stretch was at least 36 hours into her swim, the time an endurance swimmer needs to refuel the most.

The biggest issue seems to be just how fast she was moving. At one point, her speed nearly doubled to more than three miles an hour, leading to the questions about whether she got an assist from a boat.

Marlin Scott, who captained the shark boat, told CNN he has no doubts Nyad's swim was legit.

"I never saw Diana Nyad come out of the water. I saw her swim every time I woke up she was swimming. She was in the water the whole time. I believe it. 100 percent."

Members of Nyad's team say her success is thanks to learning from the past, preparation and of course, luck.

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September 10th, 2013
12:45 PM ET

DUI Video Confessor Will See Judge Today

Just days after releasing a YouTube confessional that garnered more than a million views,  Matthew Cordle turned himself into authorities.

He's now been officially charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says Cordle was already a suspect in the drunk driving case that killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani back in June.

He says officials were waiting for more toxicology results before charging him.

"With or without the video, this defendant would have been charged as he was today by indictment," O'Brien said.

Cordle's defense attorney says he tried to convince his client not to post the video but thinks "to some degree it brought him peace."

But the video shocked Canzani's family.

The victim's ex-wife Cheryl Oates, said "It's gut-wrenching coming from a mother looking at that young boy and he just doesn't understand the damage that he did."

Some now speculate whether the highly produced video was intended to sway a judge.

Martin Midian, attorney for Matt Cordle, says the man will be arraigned in court at 1:30 pm Tuesday.

His attorney says he is expected to plead not guilty as a matter of procedure.

At that point, the case will be reassigned to a judge who will permanently preside over the case.

Midian and the other defense attorneys will then go to that judge and explain they are ready to change their plea to  guilty for both counts of aggravated manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Cordle's had no prior felony convictions or DUI's.

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September 10th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Researchers Suggest Starting Mammograms Before 50

Harvard researchers are suggesting women get tested for breast cancer before the age of 50.

"New Day's" Kate Bouldan spoke with Family Physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle who said this recommendation is different from previous suggestions on mammograms.

Dr. Caudle said in 2009,  the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended women start being tested at age of 50 and continue every 2 years after until age 74.

The expert says many other organizations already recommend starting precautionary testing at age 40 and she tells women:

“Don’t panic...the best thing women can do is to talk with your doctor.”

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September 10th, 2013
11:10 AM ET

Obama Considers Option Where Syria Hands Over All Chemical Weapons

As President Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday night, it had seemed a military strike was the only option on the table for the U.S. to stand against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Now what had sounded like a misguided comment that Secretary of State John Kerry made at a news conference, may have turned into a viable alternative diplomatic option.

Kerry proclaimed, "He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn't about to do it and it can't be done obviously."

President Obama told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday, "If we can accomplish this limited goal without taking military action that would be my preference."

While a U.S.  official quickly chalked up Kerry's statement as "a rhetorical argument," Russia saw a real game plan in what some considered a gaffe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "We're calling on the Syrian authorities to not only agree on putting chemical weapons storage under international control, but also for its further destruction."

Syria responded just an hour later, their foreign minister Walid Moallem saying, "I declare that the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia's initiative."

On Tuesday morning, the minister added his country had agreed to the Russian proposal after what Interfax quoted him as calling a "very fruitful round of talks" with Russia's Lavrov a day earlier.  Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour says there are many ways to determine quickly if Syria and Russia are serious about this proposal. Despite skepticism, Amanpour says, "If this does bear fruit, it is a major international achievement ."

International relations expert Aaron David Miller outlines the actions Syria would have to take.

"You'd have to have a cease-fire. You'd have to have a prolonged period where UN weapons inspectors would come in and it seems to me almost unimaginable."

Peter Beinart , senior political writer for "The Daily Beast,"  says chemical weapons are a 'red herring' and Obama needs to take much larger actions than limited military strikes to actually help the Syrian people.

Beinart says, "The best thing we could possibly do for the people of Syria is to try to end that civil war and that should be our focus. Even if he did get rid of his chemical weapons the man (Assad) has still shown himself capable of slaughtering upwards of 100,000 people even with other kinds of weapons."

For now, the Senate has delayed their vote from Wednesday on Syria to consider this new Russian proposal.

President Obama is scheduled to speak to the nation at 9 p.m ET Tuesday night. CNN will carry that speech live.

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