Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know today, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
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. ITALIAN GOVERNMENT FACING CONFIDENCE VOTES
Berlusconi’s call for several ministers to withdraw their support threatens the survival of the fragile ruling coalition.
4. PASSENGERS EVACUATED FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLA., AIRPORT
Police discover two suspicious packages and close the airport for several hours.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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 if 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 TV 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 MOVES ON TO FACE 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.