Good evening. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
Democrats are rejecting a bid by Republicans that would reopen only some portions of the government, such as national parks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Republican lawmakers are trying to cherry-pick "the few parts of government they like" when the entire government should be reopened.
The online insurance exchanges at the heart of President Obama's Affordable Care Act have been struggling to handle the wave of new consumers. Health officials said at least 2.8 million people had visited the federal government's main website by Tuesday afternoon. New York has set up its own health exchange, and that website, too, has been bogged down by heavy traffic. State health officials reported 7.5 million hits by 2:00 PM.
An apparently homeless man went on a stabbing spree along a Manhattan bike path, injuring five people. The victims include a one-year-old boy. All are expected to survive, although one is in critical condition. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said 43-year-old Julius Graham used half a pair of scissors in the attack. The assaults took place around 8 AM in Riverside Park, along the Hudson River near West 65th Street. Graham has been taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Weekly and monthly Metro North ticket holders along the crippled New Haven line will get reimbursed for the service disruptions caused by last week's feeder cable outage. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board approved the plan, which will come in the form of credit toward future purchases. Con Edison said the feeder cable outage was likely its fault, caused by work that was being done on the high-voltage cable before it failed.
Polls are open until 9:00 tonight in New York City for the runoff in the public advocate runoff election between Democrats Leticia James and Daniel Squadron. Poll workers report a steady, but light, stream of voters.
Tonight, clear skies, low 64. Wednesday will be sunny and warmer, with the high reaching 85.