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China vows to buy more US goods

WASHINGTON — Just-ended U.S.-China trade talks produced a commitment by Beijing to “significantly increase” its purchases of American goods, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions.

They also agreed on “meaningful increases” in U.S. exports of agriculture and energy products and greater efforts to increase trade in manufactured goods and services. No dollar amounts on how much China might boost its purchases of American products were provided in the statement.


Cougar attack kills 1; wounds another

NORTH BEND — One man is dead and another has been injured in a cougar attack in Washington state, authorities said Saturday.

The two men were on a morning mountain bike ride in the foothills near North Bend when the attack occurred, King County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said. Officers using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar about 3 p.m.


Police officer’s belt stops bullet

TUCSON — Tucson police said an officer narrowly escaped injury during a domestic violence incident when a bullet hit the officer’s belt.

Sgt. Pete Dugan said the officer was one of two responding to a call at a home Friday night when gunfire broke out. Dugan said no one was injured but Police Chief Chris Mag­nus said Saturday that the incident was “way, way, way too close a call.”