TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: YouTube confessor's advice, Keith Urban's tunes

Sep. 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM ET

Matthew Cordle opens up, tennis ref Lois Goodman sues and Keith Urban rocks out.
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Matthew Cordle opens up, tennis ref Lois Goodman sues and Keith Urban rocks out.

1. Matthew Cordle, who confessed in a YouTube video to killing 61-year-old Vincent Canzani in June while driving drunk, spoke exclusively to TODAY before turning himself in.

“I hope the Canzani family can get some closure with this,’’ he said. “And I pray that they find peace someday and that people really take my message to heart.”

Video: Matthew Cordle, who confessed in a YouTube video to accidentally killing a man while driving drunk, has spent his first night in jail. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

2. Keith Urban rocked out on the plaza this morning, performing two hits from his new album. The returning “American Idol” judge said his new music has “a whole new energy.” What do you think of his new tunes?

Video: The country rocker plays one of the new singles from “Fuse,” his first album since 2011, for the TODAY plaza.

3. Reuters-NBC News’ investigation of America’s underground child exchange continued today with a profile of Gray and Lisa Barnes, parents who gave away their adopted daughter, Anna, after her severe behavioral problems became an issue.

Anna told a heartbreaking and bizarre tale of her first night after being “re-homed.”

Video: Gary and Lisa Barnes adopted Anna from a Russian orphanage at age 11, but said her severe behavioral problems led them to an online “re-homing” chat room where people can solicit adopted children. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

4. Tennis referee Lois Goodman, who was arrested on charges of murdering her husband by beating him with a coffee cup, is suing police for wrongful arrest now that the charges have been dropped.

“Everywhere she goes, people look at her and they jeer. Her life has been forever changed as a result of this," Goodman’s attorney told TODAY's Matt Lauer.

Video: Tennis referee Lois Goodman was arrested on charges of murdering her elderly husband by beating him with a coffee cup. The charges were dropped, but the Los Angeles native is now suing police for wrongful arrest. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

5. Also in must-know news: Apple released two new iPhones, and Sunny Obama loves attention.

Sunny, President Barack Obama's new dog is surrounded by members of the press during a walk at the White House on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Washington....
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Sunny, President Barack Obama's new dog, is surrounded by members of the press during a walk at the White House on Monday in Washington.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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