BEIJING | China’s economic growth sinks to 3-decade low in 2018

BEIJING  | China’s economic growth sinks to 3-decade low in 2018

BEIJING — January 20, 2019—  China‘s economic growth fell to a three-decade low in 2018 as business activity lagged amid a tariff war with Washington.

The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.6 percent over a year earlier, down from 2017’s 6.9 percent, official data showed Monday. Growth in the three months that ended in December cooled to 6.4 percent from the previous quarter’s 6.5 percent.

Communist leaders are trying to steer China to slower, more self-sustaining growth based on consumer spending instead of trade and investment.

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LAS VEGAS | Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books

LAS VEGAS | Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books

LAS VEGAS  —January 20, 2019—   Oddsmakers made the Super Bowl essentially a tossup in opening lines Sunday, though bettors quickly turned the New England Patriots into a slight favorite in what is expected to be the most heavily bet — at least legally — title game ever.

Early bets moved the line at many books so the Patriots were either one- or two-point favorites. The over-under was 58 at some books, 58.5 at others.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo | Chiefs’ defense collapses in 37-31 OT loss to Patriots

KANSAS CITY, Mo | Chiefs’ defense collapses in 37-31 OT loss to Patriots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — January 20, 2019—  The dominant story line all week had been how the AFC championship game represented a passing of the torch, from Tom Brady to Patrick Mahomes and the New England Patriots to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Must have lit a fire under the Pats.

The team that has been there, done that — and done it again and again — survived a back-and-forth fourth quarter to beat the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime Sunday night.

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DETROIT | Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

DETROIT | Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

DETROIT  —January 20, 2019—   The student who stared and smiled at an elderly Native American protester drumming in his face outside the Lincoln Memorial as his schoolmates chanted and laughed says he did nothing to provoke the man in the videotaped confrontation and was only trying to calm the situation.

The student identified himself in an email statement Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in a northern Kentucky suburb of Cincinnati.

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SEOUL, South Korea | Group claims further sexual abuse in South Korean skating

SEOUL, South Korea  | Group claims further sexual abuse in South Korean skating

SEOUL, South Korea —January 20, 2019—  An athletes’ group has raised further allegations of sexual abuse in South Korean speed skating following explosive claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that she had been raped by her former coach since she was a teen.

The group said Monday it found five more skaters who were sexually abused by their coaches, but did not reveal their names.

It says the current leadership at the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee should step down for failing to safeguard athletes.

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ANAHEIM, Calif | Angels, reliever Allen finalize $8.5M, 1-year contract

ANAHEIM, Calif | Angels, reliever Allen finalize $8.5M, 1-year contract

ANAHEIM, Calif. — January 20, 2019—  Relief pitcher Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a one-year contract for $8.5 million.

He can earn an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Sunday: $250,000 each for 35 and 40, and $500,000 apiece for 45, 50 and 55.

Allen had a career-high 4.70 ERA for Cleveland last season, going 4-6 with 27 saves in 70 games.

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Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

Super Bowl: Pats vs Rams in a meeting of Past vs Future

It’s never been so clear: This year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL’s past and its future.

Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.

At 32, Sean McVay of the Rams (15-3) will be the youngest Super Bowl coach.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo | Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo | Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—January 20, 2019—   The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady’s brilliance.

The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship Sunday night.

The drive against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.

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BANGKOK | Asian markets advance on optimism over China-US trade

BANGKOK | Asian markets advance on optimism over China-US trade

BANGKOK—January 20, 2019—  Shares in Asia rose Monday, extending gains on Wall Street last week. Buying enthusiasm has been spurred by renewed hopes for progress on resolving the trade standoff between the U.S. and China. Shares rose in Shanghai and Hong Kong early Monday despite news that China’s economy grew at its lowest pace in three decades last year.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index surged 0.7 percent to 2,615.46 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index climbed 0.6 percent to 27,262.01.

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