The Five Things You Need To Know Today (October 1)

1. Government Shutdown Begins- Monday night, the government began to shut down for the first time in 17 years as the Congress is divided President Obama’s health-care initiative. Thousands of government workers arrived this morning having to clear their desks.

2. Venezuela Kicks Out Three Diplomats- President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela announced Monday the expulsion of a top U.S. diplomat from the United States. Maduro claims that this top diplomat in addition to two embassy officials were trying sabotage the economy and power grid.

3. Amazon Is Hiring This Holiday Season- Amazon.com the web’s marketplace plans to hire 70,000 workers for it’s U.S. warehouse network this holiday season. Amazon expects 15,000 holiday hires in the United Kingdom.

4. YouTube Plans Award Show- YouTube announced this morning that they will be launching the first “YouTube Music Awards.” It will be held November 3 at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. Performances by Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and Eminem have been announced.

5. People Missing In China- 72 people are missing in China after three fishing boats sank following a typhoon. As of Tuesday morning, rescuers were able to retrieve 16 survivors.

Song of the Day: CHVRCHES- It’s Not Right But It’s OK

Happy Birthday: Zach Galifianakis, turns 44 today!

RIP: E.B. White, died 28 years ago today.

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