What We’re Watching Friday


Here are some of the stories PBS NewsHour is following Friday, Oct. 4:

Government Shutdown, Day 4

President Barack Obama called on House Speaker John Boehner to end the government shutdown Thursday by bringing the Senate’s bill to the House floor for a vote. With no sign of progress, the president canceled his trip to Asia; he will skip planned economic summits in Indonesia and Brunei.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will meet with Republicans Friday morning at the U.S. Capitol, possibly looking for new ways out of the shutdown. Boehner and other House leaders including, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are expected to speak with press following the meeting.

Search continues for missing migrants off Italian Coast.

As many as 200 passengers on board a boat that capsized 1 km away from the island of Lampedusa are still missing. Divers resumed their search for the sunken boat approximately 40 meters below the surface; officials said that many of the missing passengers could have sunk with the boat.

Woman killed in D.C. police chase was “depressed”

Law enforcement officials identified the woman killed Thursday in a police chase near the U.S. Capitol as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, of Stamford, Conn. The woman’s mother, Idella Carey, told ABC News that her daughter suffered from post-part depression, but that Miriam Carey had no “history of violence.”

Tropical Storm Karen nearing Gulf Coast

The National Weather Services issued a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning Friday morning for much of the Gulf Coast, from Grand Isle, La., to west of Destin, Fla. The storm is expected to hit land within the next 36 to 48 hours.