Good afternoon. Here are the latest headlines from the WNYC newsroom.
President Obama said that in Janet Yellen, he's found a tough and proven leader to take over as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Yellen currently is No. 2 at the Fed, behind outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke. If confirmed by the Senate, the 67-year-old Yellen would be the first woman to head any country's major central bank. She's also a native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
The Obama Administration says it has worked out a solution to allow the families of fallen veterans to receive death benefits during the government shutdown. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Fisher House Foundation has agreed to make the payments from its own funds, and will be reimbursed when the shutdown is over.
An off-duty undercover police detective was an active participant in last month's road rage incident between a group of motorcyclists and the driver of an SUV, said Manhattan prosecutors. Detective Wojciech Braszczok appeared in criminal court with a long beard and a hooded sweatshirt for his arraignment on charges that include gang assault. Prosecutors said a video posted online of the fracas showed Braszczok pounding on the rear window of the SUV and later kicking its passenger side while others attacked the driver through his window. His lawyer said the video actually exonerates his client.
Tonight will be a little chilly with some showers late and a low near 55. Tomorrow, Thursday, cloudy, cooler, scattered showers, high 60.