President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for an international framework to prevent the Internet from being "weaponized" as a tool of national aggression, while holding out the prospect of a forceful U.S. response to China over hacking attacks. With Chinese President Xi Jinping set to visit Washington next week, Obama said at a conference with business leaders that his talks with Xi would include cybersecurity, a topic that has become a point of friction in U.S.-Chinese relations. A person briefed on the White House's thinking said on Tuesday the United States does not plan to impose sanctions on Chinese entities for economic cyber attacks ahead of Xi's visit to avoid what would be seen as a diplomatic disaster.
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers searched for four people including a 6-year-old boy missing on Wednesday after flash floods in southern Utah killed at least 16 people in a national park and a small town on the Arizona border. At about the same time, a group of seven people set off to explore canyons in Zion National Park, about 20 miles (32 km) to the north, then the torrential downpour began. Four bodies have been recovered there, and three people are missing, park officials said, adding the search was hampered by more bad weather and the threat of further floods.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful storm that swamped roadways and jammed traffic on Tuesday dumped a record 2.39 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, making it the wettest day of the year in Southern California.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma appeals court on Wednesday halted the planned execution of a convicted murderer, delaying his lethal injection for two weeks so it can consider evidence the inmate's lawyers say points to his innocence. The court's decision came about three hours before the state planned to execute Richard Glossip. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set Sept. 30 as the new execution date.
American household incomes lost ground last year and the poverty rate ticked up, a sign the U.S. economic expansion had yet to lead to gains for many Americans five years after the 2007-2009 recession. The data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, which showed the inflation-adjusted median income slipping to $53,657 last year from $54,462 in 2013, offered a reminder of the tepid nature of the economy's recovery. At the same time, the poverty rate ticked up to 14.8 percent from 14.5 percent in 2013, the data showed.
An attorney in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration who was critically wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month has been declared brain dead, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. Carey Gabay, 43, was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Sept. 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, which has been plagued by violence in recent years. Gabay, the first deputy counsel at Empire State Development, the state's chief economic development agency, was in critical condition this week in an induced coma at Kings County Hospital Center.