By Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden led the welcoming delegation as Xi's plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base on the second leg of a weeklong trip that began in Seattle, where the Chinese leader sought to reassure U.S. companies that he is working to create a more favorable Chinese investment climate.
NEW YORK (AP) — Domestic digital spying on ordinary citizens is an international threat that will only be slowed with measures like a proposed international treaty declaring privacy a basic human right, Edward Snowden said Thursday in a video appearance at a Manhattan forum.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nasdaq has long been known as the "tech-heavy" stock exchange, where some of Silicon Valley's best-known companies have gone to sell shares. Now, as it faces stiff competition from rival exchanges to lure the next hot IPO, it's reaching out to business startups before they go public.
The top aide to Arizona's controversial lawman Joe Arpaio testified on Thursday that he had been unaware of a federal judge's ruling in a racial-profiling case that barred deputies from detaining people they suspected of being illegal immigrants. Arpaio, 83, the six-term sheriff of Maricopa County, his chief deputy Gerard Sheridan and three other aides appeared in federal court in Phoenix for a second round of civil contempt hearings before U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow. Under intense questioning from plaintiffs' attorney Cecillia Wang, Sheridan said he could not remember reading memos he was sent, including several from the lawyer representing the sheriff's office, nor attending meetings regarding the preliminary injunction Snow issued in 2011.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plenty of things will be different at Friday's White House state dinner for China, ranging from the setting to the decor to the post-dinner entertainment. But the White House decided to keep one thing the same: Maine lobster is back on the menu.
The American Psychiatric Association warned U.S. antitrust regulators this month that two proposed health insurance deals could worsen access to mental health care services, adding to public opposition from several prominent doctors groups. Anthem Inc would become the largest U.S. health insurer through a proposed $47 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp, announced in late July. Earlier that month, Aetna Inc said it would buy Humana Inc and become the largest provider of Medicare plans for older people.
Relatives of the nine people slain at a historic black Charleston church, as well as survivors of the June shooting, will share in $2.5 million donated from around the world to benefit the families, Mayor Joe Riley said on Thursday. "This bigoted hateful act touched the hearts of citizens around the world," Riley said as the city made public its plan for distributing money from the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which received gifts of $5 to $25,000 from 6,500 people, as well as several larger corporate donations. Several other funds established for the church and families have not begun distributions, including a $3 million college scholarship fund for Emanuel members that was given anonymously.
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area impostor who inspired an award-winning film about being someone else has pleaded guilty to identity theft after he was caught with records from a U.S. Military Academy graduate.