The Justice Department said that it would sue the state of North Carolina to block a voting law there that requires identification at the polls and restricts early voting.
Warning that the U.S. economy would be hurt "gravely" by a government shutdown, President Barack Obama said that Republicans must pass a "clean" funding bill rather than tying an Obamacare-delaying provision to the legislation.
Officials said mountain rescuers were dispatched to save at least five people buried by rubble from a rock slide in the Colorado Rockies southwest of Denver, .
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will take a step that none of his predecessors has tried in more than 15 years - making a dent in the government's runaway debt. Abe, riding a wave of popularity with economic policies that have begun to stir the world's third-biggest economy out of years of lethargy, will announce that the government will raise the national sales to 8 percent in April from 5 percent.