China considers legal changes on technology to placate US

BEIJING — In an unusual step, China’s ceremonial legislature is due to endorse a law meant to help end a bruising tariff war with Washington by discouraging officials from pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. The battle with China’s biggest trading partner is overshadowing the National People’s Congress, the country’s highest-profile event of the year. It brings 3,000-plus delegates to the ornate Great Hall of the People in Beijing for two weeks of speeches, meetings with senior leaders and political ritual to endorse the ruling Communist Party’s economic and social welfare plans. A gathering of noncommunist groups held at the same time brightens Beijing’s drab winter, drawing tech billionaires,… Read More

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8 killed in India-Pakistan fighting amid high tensions

SRINAGAR, India — Indian and Pakistani soldiers have again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said Saturday. But in a sign that tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals could soon ease, a Pakistani Cabinet minister said a key train service between Pakistan and neighboring India would resume on Monday. Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan this past Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down a fighter… Read More

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Utah State upsets No. 12 Nevada in front of a sold-out Smith Spectrum

LOGAN — Utah State has a chance to win the Mountain West regular-season title. The Aggies held on to beat No. 12 Nevada 81-76 in front of a ruckus, sold-out Smith Spectrum. Sam Merrill scored 29 points to lead Utah State (24-6, 14-3). The Aggies won despite three starters fouling out of the game. One of those was Neemias Queto, who had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Diogo Brito added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Tre’Shawn Thurman led Nevada with 21 points and nine rebounds despite being one of three visiting player to foul out. It’s just the third loss of the season for the… Read More

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California holds off WSU Cougars for 2nd straight win

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Normally one of California’s top 3-point shooters, Darius McNeill noticed quickly that his perimeter shot wasn’t very sharp so he changed plans and began driving for easy and often uncontested layups. Cal 76, WSU 69: Photo gallery | Box score It wasn’t how Golden Bears coach Wyking Jones designed it, but with his team winning back-to-back games following a school-record 16-game skid, he certainly wasn’t complaining either. McNeill scored 17 points to lead four California players in double figures and the Golden Bears beat WSU, 76-69, on Saturday. Paris Austin added 12 points while Justice Sueing and Connor Vanover scored 10… Read More

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6A boys basketball: American Fork pulls away from Pleasant Grove, claims first title since 1979

OGDEN — Someone’s decades-long title drought was coming to an end at Weber State on Saturday night in the 6A state championship. The combined drought between region rivals American Fork and Pleasant Grove stretched back 98 years, with the Vikings accounting for 58 of those years. First-year American Fork coach Ryan Cuff talked often this year about rewriting that history, so much so that senior Trey Stewart said, “he talks about it every day.” In a showdown between the top two teams in the state, both eager to rearrange their dusty trophy cases, American Fork built a modest halftime lead and never relinquished it in the second half on its… Read More

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4A girls basketball: Cedar pulls off perfect season, defeats Ridgeline for first state title in program history

CEDAR CITY — For almost the entire first half of Saturday night’s 4A girls state championship game, the Cedar Redmen — the undefeated title favorites — looked a shell of themselves. Known for hot, often game-deciding starts, the Redmen suffered one of their worst openings to a game this season at the America First Event Center on the campus of Southern Utah University. The state title, a potential first in program history, appeared in doubt for the first time all year. The slow start was so unusual, in fact, that Cedar trailed after the first quarter, something which had happened on only two other occasions the entire season. There were… Read More

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‘You can do this’: Elder and Sister Bednar highlight ‘gathering’ at Family Discovery Day

SALT LAKE CITY — “We are the gatherers” and “You can do this” were the common, repeated themes offered by Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, during their Saturday keynote address during Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2019. In a 50-minute conversation on the main stage of the conference, Elder Bednar, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Sister Bednar reviewed the importance of the restored gospel and its saving ordinances — including those done in temples. They also spoke of being covenant-keeping disciples of the Savior. “We have the responsibility to help gather together in… Read More

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Real Salt Lake coaches, players react to RSL’s season-opening 1-1 draw at Houston

HOUSTON — Real Salt Lake started the Major League Soccer 2019 campaign the same way it had the previous three seasons: with a draw. The 1-1 match, in which head coach Mike Petke featured a 4-2-3-1 formation to start the new season, earned a well-deserved road point for Real. “Tonight was a good night,” Petke said. “We still have 16 games left on the road, but it was a good start. I think we have to get cleaner, obviously, but overall it was a good start.” It was a game of little things that tested the RSL defense that last season was battered for 58 goals. Early on an incessant… Read More

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Photos show Trump’s border wall prototypes being demolished by construction crews

The eight border wall prototypes commissioned by the Customs and Border Protection agency in 2017 were demolished on Wednesday. The prototypes were torn down to make room for a segment of new fencing. The prototypes were made partly of concrete and partly of other materials like steel, and were tested by tactical units against breaching and scaling techniques. Eight border wall prototypes were knocked down on Wednesday after serving for more than a year as the embodiment of President Donald Trump’s attempted crackdown on illegal immigration. The prototypes were demolished to make room for a segment of new fencing. Seven of the prototypes went down within just two hours, after… Read More

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