** Obama, Christie to View NJ Damage**
U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the storm-battered state of New Jersey Wednesday as residents struggle to recover from one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the region.
Mr. Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie-- a Democrat and Republican normally at odds with one another -- are expected to view the damage together and thank emergency workers for their efforts. On Tuesday Christie praised the Obama administration for what he said is an "outstanding" response to the powerful storm, Sandy.
A vast army of rescue and utility workers are now confronting the wreckage from Sandy, which has killed at least 45 people in North America. The storm hit the New Jersey shore late Monday as a powerful tropical storm, causing massive flooding, raging fires and power outages that crippled the New York metropolitan area.
The president has declared "major disasters" in New York and New Jersey, freeing up federal funds aimed at offsetting billions of dollars in East Coast property damage.
Trading at the New York Stock Exchange is expected to reopen Wednesday, after being closed Monday and Tuesday -- the first time since 1888 that trading has been suspended two days in a row because of weather.
**Brahimi Seeks Chinese Support for Syria Solution**
The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria is urging China to be a part of a solution to Syria's 19-month-long crisis.
Lakhdar Brahimi told Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a meeting Wednesday in Beijing that he hopes China "can play an active role" in resolving the conflict.
Brahimi is in China for a two-day trip, his latest in an effort to find a way to halt the fighting. He met earlier this week with Russian officials.
Both China and Russia have vetoed three U.N. Security Council resolutions that could have led to sanctions against the Syrian government.
Brahimi had called for a cease-fire during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, but both Syrian rebels and government ignored the truce.
The fighting has continued, with Syrian activists saying clashes and airstrikes across the country killed more than 120 people Tuesday.