World Series starts tonight
The St. Louis Cardinals square off against the Boston Red Sox for the fourth time in the teams' storied histories. Both clubs surprised the experts and are in the series despite losing some major talent. This will be the Cardinals' first World Series game in 26 years without superstar Albert Pujols, while the Red Sox, who unloaded a record $264 million in contracts on the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, went from last to first, turning a 93-loss season into an American League pennant with 97 victories.
The World Series will come down to these five not-so-important factors.
Obama meets with Pakistan's leader
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to visit the White House on Wednesday. President Obama is hoping to make progress on rebuilding a rocky relationship between the two countries. That relationship hit its nadir nearly two years ago in the aftermath of the stealth capture of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.
Poland archbishop slammed over sex abuse comments
The leader of Poland's Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests. Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland's influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, "seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too."
IRS: Shutdown will delay tax filing season
Tax filing season will start one to two weeks late because of the 16-day government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service announced. The IRS says it needs the extra time to program and test tax processing systems. "The government closure came during the peak period for preparing IRS systems for the 2014 filing season," the IRS said in a release. "Programming, testing and deployment of more than 50 IRS systems is needed to handle processing of nearly 150 million tax returns."
Britain's future king Prince George to be christened
Britain's Prince George is set to make his second official public outing today in what is being dubbed a low-key christening in the Chapel Royal at St James Palace at the request of one of the world's most high-profile young families. The christening of the third in line to the throne — born at St Mary's Hospital in London on July 22 — will take place behind closed doors starting at 10 a.m. ET and is expected to last for about 45 minutes.
Contributing: Associated Press