10 Things to Know for Wednesday

October 2, 2013 - 12:35 AM
Bikers SUV Assault

In this frame grab from video provided by the New York Police Department, motorcyclists ride alongside a sport utility vehicle, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in New York. Police say that a man driving with his family along a New York City highway was attacked and beaten by a large group of motorcyclists who first surrounded his sport utility vehicle and stopped it on the road, then chased him for miles after he plowed through the blockade of bikes in an attempt to escape. (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS TRADE BLAME FOR SHUTDOWN

The accusations fly as the government grinds to a halt, and House bills aimed for at least a partial reopening fail.

2. WHERE THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WAS FELT

People notice the effect at national parks, federal offices and military commissaries, among other places.

3. HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL: DAY ONE

The online marketplace system set up to administer the new insurance options gets off to a wheezing start, but the initial sign-up day appears to draw heavy interest.

4. GOOD TIMES IN PITTSBURGH

The Pirates play their first playoff game in 21 years, facing the Reds in a National League wild-card game.

5. HOW MUCH THE MALL ATTACK COST

Experts predict up to $250 million in tourism revenue will be lost as a result of the deadly terrorist assault in Nairobi.

6. ELEPHANTS KILLED FOR IVORY IN ZIMBABWE

At least 91 animals are poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hacked off their tusks for the illegal market, officials say.

7. WHAT POPE FRANCIS WANTS

The pontiff's vision for the Catholic Church includes a focus on the poor, the young, the elderly and even those of other faiths.

8. MOTORCYCLE RALLY TAKES A BLOODY TURN

A helmet-mounted camera captures the mayhem in New York City when a group of riders surrounds an SUV then chases it for miles after the driver plows through the blockade of bikes in an attempt to escape.

9. THE REAL "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS"

The skipper of the ship hijacked three years ago by Somali pirates watches a screening of the Hollywood movie about the incident, in which he is played by Tom Hanks.

10. NEW YORK CITY OPERA TO SHUT DOWN

The famed company says it is filing for bankruptcy protection after seven decades.