Ten Things You Need to Know Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BUDGET STANDOFF SHOWS NO SIGNS OF EASING
Lawmakers from both parties are warning the partial government shutdown could last for weeks.
2. HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL UP AND RUNNING
Computer hiccups blemish the initial sign-up day for health insurance, but the new online marketplaces nevertheless appear to draw heavy interest.
3. PASSENGERS EVACUATED FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLA., AIRPORT
Police discover two suspicious packages and close the airport for several hours.
4. HOW MUCH THE MALL ATTACK COST
Experts predict up to $250 million in lost tourism revenue as a result of the deadly terrorist rampage in Nairobi.
5. MOTORCYCLE RALLY TAKES BLOODY TURN
A helmet-cam captures the mayhem in New York City as bikers chase an SUV for miles, then pull the driver out onto the highway and beat him.
6. NUCLEAR REACTOR HALTED
Tons of jellyfish clog the pipes that bring in cool water to the Oskarshamn plant in southeastern Sweden, forcing it to be taken off-line.
7. WHY CLOCK'S TICKING FOR OBAMA ON IRAN
With tougher U.S. economic measures against Tehran on the way, the president's diplomatic task could get harder i f he doesn't make quick progress.
8. NEW YORK CITY OPERA TO SHUT DOWN
The famed company says it is filing for bankruptcy protection after seven decades as a fixture on the metropolitan cultural scene.
9. WHAT MAKES A GOOD SERIES FINALE
The AP's Frazier Moore applauds the "Breaking Bad" farewell for revealing and tying together all the pieces of the puzzle.
10. PITTSBURGH ARRANGES DATE WITH ST. LOUIS
The Pirates, in the postseason for the first time in 21 years, down Cincinnati 6-2 in the NL wild-card game and advance to take on the Cardinals.