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By on October 1, 2013

Government shutdown

With an end to the fiscal year at 12 a.m. Monday night, the government shut down due to the disagreement between House and Senate on a spending bill. While the House wants anti-obamacare amendments in the bill, the Senate voted against this, according to a CNN report. This is the first time that the federal government has shut down in 17 years. This shutdown means that only “essential” federal workers will still be receiving a paycheck, but more than 800,000 people will be sent on a temporary unpaid leave. In addition, national parks, zoos and federal museums are closed and many federal offices and programs as well. Until the federal courts run out of money, which could be less than 10 days, the federal courts remain open as well as air traffic, border protection and the department of defense and power grid maintenance.

New Saints to be named

The Vatican announced on Monday that Popes John XIII and John Paul II will become saints on April 27, 2014. According to CNN News, this will be the first time that two popes are canonized at the same time. In order to become a saint, a person must lead a holy life as well as perform two miracles. Although Pope John XIII was only thought to have performed one miracle prior to his death, CNN reports that Pope Francis decided there are sufficient grounds to canonize him.

Metro-North delays

Students who are traveling to New York City on the Metro-North railroad line should expect delays until Oct. 8. Monday was the first time any electric trains traveled through Harrison and Mount Vernon, according to NBC Connecticut. This 8-mile section under electric control will halt the amount of traffic able to pass from New Haven to New York City. New York City is trying to help with the delays by creating 72 shuttle busses. MTA officials said they are working on trying to reimburse New Haven Line Customers.

Our fault for Global Warming?

The UN National Channel on Climate Change announced it is 95 percent certain that humans are responsible for climate change. NBC reports that we are moving closer to the day where there will be catastrophic changes. The council says that heat waves will begin to be more frequent and last longer. In addition, the sea level could rise to nearly three feet by the end of the century. New Jersey and Florida would be heavily affected by this change. Nobody has come up with a solution to stop global warming; however, heavy research is continuously being done.

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