NUMBER 5 - CHICAGO PARK SHOOTING
Chicago police are investigating a shooting that injured at least 13 people, including a three-year old. Shots rang out late Thursday night at a park on the city's south side. At least one person was reported in critical condition, several others were seriously hurt. Police suspect the shooting was gang related.
NUMBER 4 - GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN?
The risk of a federal government shutdown on October 1st is a distinct possibility. Federal agencies have been instructed to make plans for one, just in case. Friday, the House will vote on a short-term government funding bill, that includes a provision to defund the Affordable Care Act. Of course, that provision is a no-go for Senate democrats and President Obama. If they can't work out a compromise, many functions of the federal government will be shut down indefinitely on the first of October.
NUMBER 3 - THE POPE DISCUSSES HOMOSEXUALITY
Pope Francis is expanding upon comments he made earlier this year about homosexuality. In an interview released by Jesuit Magazines Thursday, he says the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians. The Pope says it's in line with the Catholic Church's Book of Official Doctrine, which says that gays and lesbians "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."
NUMBER 2 - TEENS TRASH FORMER NFL PLAYER'S HOUSE
A former NFL player found an unwelcome surprise on Twitter over the Labor Day weekend.
Former New England Patriots player Brian Holloway says he was out of town when tweets about a huge party at his New York home began popping up. Turns out, 300 teens broke in, causing more than $20,000 in damage. Holloway says 200 of the teens have been identified, and the rest should be soon. So far, no arrests have been made.
NUMBER 1 - NEW iPHONE SHORTAGE?
Apple fans may have a good reason for worrying whether they'll be able to get the latest iPhone. 9to5Mac.com and AllThingsD.com cite sources from U.S. carriers, reporting that the stock of the new iPhone 5 S will be limited when the device launches Friday. In China, where people could pre-order the device, news outlets report the gold models are already sold-out before it's even available for sale. Gold and silver models will be harder to get, potentially leaving the grey models on shelves.