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1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Obama’s offer: It’s not much, but maybe it’s a start. President Obama says he’s ready to talk to the Republicans on their own terms, but first they have to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Well, maybe not exactly on the GOP’s terms. House Speaker John Boehner says that sounds a little too much like “unconditional surrender.” Still, Boehner says he’s “hopeful” top Republicans and Democrats can begin a “conversation” sometime soon.

 

2. SUV DRIVER ATTACK

Off-duty officer arrest: A New York police officer is the sixth person to be charged in connection with an attack on an SUV driver last month. Wojciech Braszczok is allegedly shown in a video pounding on a Range Rover driven by Alexian Lien, who was later beaten. Braszczok was off-duty at the time and riding with a group of motorcyclists. It’s not clear if he took part in the beating.  The officer faces riot and criminal mischief charges. Both are felonies.

 

3. MAT DEATH MYSTERY

Foul play or tragic accident?: These are the questions surrounding the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, who medical examiners say suffocated in January after getting stuck in a rolled up gym mat. A former FBI agent who looked at death scene images obtained by CNN says he thinks it was foul play. In September, the Justice Department said it wouldn’t open a civil rights investigation into Johnson’s death, but federal prosecutors are now reviewing the case to see if a separate investigation is needed. Johnson’s father says someone murdered his son and should be in jail.

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