The government shuts down for the first time in 17 years, a mystery train wreck has investigators scratching their heads, and Amanda Knox is being retried.
It's Tuesday, and here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. SHUTDOWN COSTS
Shutdown = Sandy + Katrina
Will the shutdown wallop the economy, really? Like a hurricane, some analysts say. The economic ruins could pile up as high as those left by Sandy and Katrina combined, if the shutdown lasts a couple of weeks. We are talking $55 billion in a month, one economist says. More than a billion dollars a week will be gone with the wind. That's the lost pay of 800,000 furloughed workers. That's like cutting the jobs to all of the automobile factory workers in the country. But it goes a lot farther. Uncle Sam will halt deals with a lot of businesses in America, which could wash away many more paychecks.
2. SHUTDOWN POLITICS
Don't talk to me
Do you like playing hooky to hang out in your jammies in front of daytime soaps? The first government shutdown in 17 years is giving thousands of government employees a chance to join you on their furlough. But Congress and the president will be getting dressed for work today. Washington hosts its own melodrama when senators come back this morning. Look for them to reject the House spending bill, because their GOP buddies in the House tried to torpedo Obamacare -- again. They're not really on speaking terms anymore, says Majority Leader Harry Reid. Americans are peeved with Congress, too. Their job approval rating is 10% -- an all-time low. "It's beyond pathetic," says CNN's John King. It makes for compelling daytime drama.
3. OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT
Name, address, DOB
Time to sign up. Partisan politics shut the government down, but couldn't stop Obamacare. If you don't have health insurance, you can sign up for it, starting today. And if you're uninsured, you pretty much have to. It's the law. Worried about paperwork? The president says it's simple. Just three pages! You heard right. The typical insurance form is 20 pages, says the White House. But some people are adamant about opting out. There is even a creepy online video campaign telling people to do so.
4. AMANDA KNOX TRIAL
No Amanda at Knox trial
Yesterday an Italian court put American Amanda Knox back on trial for murder. But she was not there and doesn't plan to be. She said again and again that she didn't kill her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Plus, she doesn't want to risk going to jail again. Her defense team asked that key evidence be retested, but the judge refused -- with a notable exception. A knife believed to have been used in the killing will go to the lab. Originally, it was said to have the victim's DNA on it and Knox's. Amanda was convicted once before, but that was overturned on appeal due to a lack of evidence. In May she told Chris Cuomo why she won't go back.
5. CHICAGO TRAIN WRECK
There are legends of ghost trains clacking down the tracks with no living engineer on board. In Chicago, an empty train gave commuters a fright yesterday and sent 33 to the hospital. No one seems to know yet why it rammed into another train, but it did. And no one at the city's transit authority seems to remember it ever happening before.