By Michael Martina and Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Seattle on Tuesday to kick off a week-long U.S. visit that will include meetings with U.S. business leaders, a black-tie state dinner at the White House hosted by President Barack Obama and an address at the United Nations. Xi and his wife touched down in an Air China 747 at Paine Field, adjacent to the massive plant where Boeing Co makes its largest jets, some 25 miles (40 km) north of Seattle.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation and the head of the effort, said the name is offensive and suggests that Indian religious rituals practiced for centuries at the striking 900-foot (274-meter) tower in the Black Hills were forms of devil worship. In 1906, when the formation became the first in the country to be designated as a national monument, its name was based on a mistranslation of its Indian title, according to the National Park Service. An interpreter with an 1875 expedition by a U.S. Army colonel told him the term meant "Bad God's Tower," later shortened to Devils Tower.
Lawyers for an Oklahoma death row inmate asked the state's Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday to cancel the execution date for Richard Glossip, saying the court violated state law when it issued a September date for his lethal injection. The court issued a stay for Glossip on Sept. 16, about three hours before his planned execution, so that it could consider evidence the lawyers said points to his innocence, and it then set a new execution date of Sept. 30. Under Oklahoma law, attorneys argued, a new execution date must be set either 30 or 60 days after a stay has been denied or vacated, not 14 days after as the court had done, Glossip's lawyers said in the filing.