Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
1. Shutdown Begins After Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Funding Bill
Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement on how to keep the government funded, forcing the country into its first government shutdown in 17 years.
2. Rock Slide Kills 5 Hikers
A rock slide in Colorado's Chalk Creek Canyon killed five hikers and injured a sixth.
3. No Trouble Reported Before Calif. Jet Crash
The pilot of the private jet that crashed into a Santa Monica hangar reported no mechanical trouble beforehand, federal investigators said.
4. Pope Outlines Hopes for Church Reform
Pope Francis says he wants a church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, young and elderly, during an interview the Rome newspaper La Repubblica.
5. 'Science Guy' Bill Nye Gets the Boot on 'DWTS'
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and his partner Tyne Stecklein were eliminated last night on "Dancing with the Stars."