President Obama is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the U-N General Assembly. This is Putin's first visit to the U.S. since 2005. At the United Nations Sunday, Mr. Obama committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world. On Monday, the President speaks to a peacekeeping summit at the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama will also sit down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday.
Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops. The wide Benjamin Franklin Parkway overflowed with the jubilant, who stood in line for hours and endured airport-style security checks to see history's first pope from the Americas celebrate an open-air Mass in the birthplace of the United States. The pope's final public statement before departing Philadelphia: "May God Bless you all. God Bless America."
-- Some scary moments during Republican Carly Fiorina's appearance at a conference of women entrepreneurs in San Antonio... the curtain that served as a backdrop behind the stage collapsed with a crash. No one was hurt.
-- Republican Donald Trump is set to release his tax plan in New York.
-- Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson tells ABC's "This Week" he would be willing to give Kanye West a chance as president of the United States.
-- Democrat Hillary Clinton says newly-revealed emails dated before she had said her private server was operational were from a “transition period.”
- Sen. Bernie Sanders - who's seeking the Democratic nomination - delivers remarks and takes questions Monday at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.
Outgoing Republican House Speaker John Boehner says there will be "no" government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding. He plans to pass the Senate’s short-term government funding bill with Democratic help.
WA BUS CRASH
A duck boat involved in Thursday's deadly collision with a tour bus in Seattle did not have a repair recommended for the amphibious vehicle in 2013. So says NTSB member Earl Weener, who told a Sunday news conference investigators just learned that "Ride The Ducks International" had issued the warning about potential axle failure, and it's unclear if the Seattle operator had received the information. A fifth person died from injuries Sunday.
BORN AT SEA
Haiden Morgen, weighed in at one-and-a-half pounds on September 1st, when he was born, four months too soon on a cruise ship off the coast of Puerto Rico. Doctors weren’t as hopeful as his mother was, who rushed to create a makeshift incubator for her newborn son as the boat raced to shore. Now baby Haiden is doing better, his parents are hopeful he’ll be well enough to leave the hospital by Dec. 19th, his original due date and to their home in Ogden, Utah.
NY PRISON BREAK
Monday is sentencing day for Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress who helped two killers escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June. Mitchell slipped a drill bit and hack saw blades into the prison hidden in hamburger meat, but failed to show up as the getaway driver for Richard Matt and David Sweat.
The Iraqi military announced Sunday that it had agreed to share intelligence about the Islamic State with Russia, the Syrian government and Iran, an agreement that caught the Obama administration off guard. The Iraqi military said in a statement that the new agreement was necessary because thousands of volunteers who have joined the Islamic State have come from Russia. The U.S. is being pressed to work with Russia against ISIS, while it quarrels over what is happening over in the Ukraine. Meanwhile, France launched airstrikes over Syria against ISIS on Sunday.
GUNS & PLANES
In just one week during September, U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes, breaking the old record of 65 set back in May of 2013. And of those 67 guns, 56 were loaded, and 26 had a round in the chamber. And in case you were wondering whether common sense was sinking in among air travelers… apparently not… TSA has confiscated over 2,000 firearms from passengers boarding airplanes this year, on the way to setting a new annual record.
NASA says it has a “major science finding” about Mars that it’s unveiling Monday morning at 11am ET. So what’s the mystery? Based on the list of panel participants and chats with longtime Mars observers, the announcement will confirm a 2011 hypothesis that water is flowing on present-day Mars.
A lunar eclipse that in the past elicited fears of the apocalypse will shine bright on Sunday night. The once in a generation ‘Super Blood Moon’ occurs when the Earth, the Sun, and the moon all line up, putting the moon in the Earth’s shadow.
The Dalai Lama remains at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic after canceling his U.S. appearances for the month of October. A Mayo spokeswoman confirmed Sunday the 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader remains at the Rochester clinic for a medical evaluation. No other details were released. The Dalai Lama's office said Friday in a statement on its website that he has canceled his planned October U.S. visit after doctors advised him to rest.
NJ QB DEATH
Warren Hills Regional High School quarterback Evan Murray died after being hurt is a game on Friday night in Washington, New Jersey. A statement from interim Superintendent Gary Bowen says the community is “deeply saddened” by the death of the three-sport athlete who had been the team’s starting quarterback for the past three years. Bowen says a cause of death has not been determined. A funeral is planned for Thursday.
DRINKING AGE (HFR 9/28 12:15AM)
Will Lowering the Drinking Age Help College Kids Stop Binge Drinking? This study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs concludes it reduces the pressure and need to binge drink, but also leads to more high school dropouts when the minimum drinking age is set at 18.
Mark Zuckerberg is teaming up with U2's Bono's One organization to push for universal Internet access by 2020. The “Connectivity Declaration” released by One, and signed by several high-profile people, was released as the United Nations its Global Goals, a development blueprint aimed at solving pressing social and economic challenges. Zuckerberg pointed to farmers in Africa who use the mobile Web to track inventory and prices, women in South America who use phones to get health information, and refugees who use smartphones to stay in touch with family during their journey to Europe.
Race car driver Tony Stewart has decided the 2016 season will be his last as a fulltime driver in the Sprint Cup Series.
Trevor Noah takes over the desk Monday night as the nwe host of "The Daily Show."
The animated sequel "Hotel Transylvania 2" checks in as the top money maker this weekend with an estimated take of $42.5 million.