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CNN Live as Diana Nyad Makes Historic Swim

While American military involvement in Syria has dominated the news for most of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the cable news networks had another exciting story on their hands this afternoon — one of perseverance and resolve — and it was live, at least on one cable channel. 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. It was her fifth try. Nyad swam up to the beach in Key West just before 2pmET, 53 hours after setting out from Havana. She had a 3-point message for her supporters at the beach (video below), then was taken by ambulance for treatment.

CNN’s John Zarrella was about 200 yards down the beach. Close, but not close enough to confirm, at first, if she’d made it to shore. “It’s impossible to tell from here,” said Zarella at 1:53pmET. While CNN provided live coverage of the final minutes of Nyad’s swim, and afterwards, Fox News first reported the news at 2:49pmET. MSNBC is not airing live programming today, but instead was in an episode of “Chained to my Ex.”

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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Washington Fly-By

The Space Shuttle Discovery has been circling Washington DC this morning, making a low-altitude fly-by of the Nation’s Capital before being taken to the Smiths0nian for display.

CNN provided by far the most coverage, covering the fly-by almost non-stop between 9:50 AM and 11 AM. John Zarella and Lizzie O’Leary covered the fly-by and landing for the network.

Fox News provided rolling coverage early on, and started t cut back and forth between the shuttle and other news starting around 10:15 AM. Doug McKelway and Phil Keating covered the event for the network in the field.

MSNBC provided by far the least coverage, only showing around 20 seconds of footage between 9:50 and 10:49, before finally providing live coverage of the final fly-by and landing around 10:49. Jay Barbree reported for the network for the landing. Among the topics covered by MSNBC instead of showing footage of the shuttle: new comments regarding Mitt Romney strapping his dog on the roof of the car, NASCAR’s Tony Stewart visiting the White House and earthquakes in Chile and Papua New Guinea.

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Networks, Cablers Plan Coverage of the Final Launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program

Tomorrow at 11:25 AM ET, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch, the final launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, which first sent craft into orbit in 1981. There is a strong chance that weather could delay the launch, but that isn’t stopping the broadcast networks and cable news organizations from planning extensive coverage to mark the occasion.

NBC News is planning a special report to be anchored by Brian Williams in New York. Jay Barbree, the only journalist to cover every manned space mission, will “call” the launch from Cape Canaveral.

ABC News is planning a special report to be anchored by “Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott in New York. Matt Gutman will be on the scene in Florida for the network.

CBS News is sending “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley to Cape Canaveral, where he will anchor a special report as well as that evening’s broadcast.

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Cablers Cover Alaska Plane Crash

CNNCrash_8.9.jpgAround 10:30amET, the cable news networks began continuing coverage of a small plane crash in Alaska which occurred Monday night. Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe were believed to be onboard the plane which carried nine people. Four survived.

Fox News correspondent Dan Springer is on the ground in Alaska, reporting live from Juneau. Springer spoke with an eyewitness to the crash who told him the plane “hit straight into a mountainside, about 1000 feet up.” Rescue crews are on the scene.

FNCCrash_8.10.jpgFormer Alaska Governor turned Fox News analyst Sarah Palin phoned in to “Happening Now” around 11:45amET and talked with anchor Jon Scott about the terrain in the area of the crash and about Sen. Stevens.

“He is a warrior, an Alaskan hero. A World War II vet who has dedicated his life to his country,” said Palin. “I agree with you, Jon, if someone is going to survive something like this, as he has survived in the past these close calls, it would be our good senator.”

MSNBCCrash_8.9.jpgOn CNN, NASA correspondent John Zarella reported that O’Keefe’s relationship with Stevens goes back many years. “Many people that I’ve talked with in the last half hour or so have been saying that Stevens was O’Keefe’s mentor,” Zarella reported.

O’Keefe, who is now CEO of EADS North America, a subsidiary of the European aerospace firm EADS, was a familiar face on cable TV news in the days and months after the shuttle Columbia tragedy in February, 2003.

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Update: The networks now confirm that Stevens died in the plane crash. CNN broke the news citing a “source” at 2:18 p.m. Fox News cited an AP report at 2:34 p.m., then confirmed it independently shortly thereafter. MSNBC confirmed the news at 2:39 p.m.

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8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.