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10 for today: Wednesday, Oct. 2

10 for today: Wednesday, Oct. 2

PIRATES WIN: Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli celebrates after getting the last out against the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card playoff baseball game on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 6-2 and advance to the National League Division Series. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

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. 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.

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The Cougars return eight starters, including school record setting, senior quarterback Connor Halliday, from a 6-and-7 campaign last season.

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USC’s Sarkisian happy for the University of Washington

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Colon overpowers Seattle in New York’s 3-2 win

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Seattle.

Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning. Mariners drop series to Mets and have gone just 2-and-4 since the All-Star break.

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Oregon picked to win Pac-12 in preseason poll

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The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars were picked to finish 3rd and 5th respectively in the North Division.

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AP source: Chiefs, Charles reach 2-year deal

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Denver.

The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs.