Looking for progress in the government shutdown stalemate, New York police arrest one of their own in SUV-biker beating, and dad says Las Vegas plane boy is no angel.
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
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.
4. VEGAS PLANE BOY
That 9-year-old Minnesota boy who slipped through security and hopped into a flight to Las Vegas without a ticket or boarding pass has a history. Let's just say that child protection investigators are already familiar with him. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports he recently stole a car and also mixed in with a large family to slip into a local water park without paying. His dad says his son is no angel. And add this to the mix, his mom works at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where he boarded the Delta flight to Sin City. Investigators still have a few dots to connect in this case.
5. SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
The USDA traces a salmonella outbreak to a poultry producer in California. So far, it's sickened 278 people in 18 states. The CDC is working with state health departments to track the outbreak while the investigation continues, but because of the government shutdown, the information may not make it to the agencies' websites. Oh well, you're hearing it here.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
-- There are worse ways to go: Have you heard about the antechinus? He's a frisky little marsupial that's going to have sex, if it's the last thing he does. And it is! He dies after mating season ends.
-- Nonessential Nobel: What a difference a year makes. Last year, physicist David Wineland with the National Institute of Standards and Technology won the Nobel Prize in physics. This year, he's just another "nonessential" government employee on furlough during the government shutdown. One man's ground-breaking scientist is another man's expendable worker. But, not to worry, exclusive gyms for members of Congress remain open. They're considered "essential."