China challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva.The solar duties are separate from tariff hikes imposed by the Trump administration starting in July on Chinese imports in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. The duties also apply to imports of solar cells and modules from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. That strained relations with U.S. allies.The Trump administration has defended the solar tariffs as necessary to protect American producers, saying import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other improper support.Washington took action under a 1974 U.S. law instead of through the WTO. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body. U.S. officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics.WTO complaints begin with negotiations between parties to the dispute. If those fail, the case moves to a panel of experts who can decide whether the trade controls are improper.More: China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels
The driver, Ronald C. McClain, was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he later died, Morgan said. The 48-year-old McClain was Tomlinson’s brother-in-law, authorities said. The Department of Public Safety said that according to the accident report, McClain veered off the roadway and overcorrected, sending the car across the highway and into a ditch. The report does not mention a blown tire as initial accounts of the accident suggested. Both men were thrown from the truck, Morgan said. Landis’ urine sample was found to contain elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after a 17th-stage win in last year’s tour. He risks being the first rider in the 104-year history of the race to be stripped of his title. A person familiar with the Landis case told AP that separate technicians handled Landis’ A and B samples. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case. Carrera fails test Argentina’s Mariano Carrera will be stripped of his middleweight title for failing a second drug test, making Spain’s Javier Castillejo the new champion. Carrera’s urine sample tested positive for clembuterol, a drug banned by the WBA, the governing body said. The test was done Wednesday in Cologne, Germany, and was based on a sample after the Dec. 2 title fight in Berlin in which Castillejo lost to Carrera. Carrera and his representatives will have 10 working days to present their defense before the WBA. American Robert Guerrero (20-2) recaptured the IBF featherweight title, stopping Denmark’s Spend Abazi (35-1) in the eighth round. Byrd to go to trial Backup tight end Dominique Byrd of the St. Louis Rams will go to trial July 9 after pleading not guilty to charges that he assaulted a man at a downtown St. Louis nightclub. Byrd, 23, faces charges of assault and armed criminal action. The incident happened in December at the Pepper Lounge. Byrd was accused of hitting a bar patron in the face with a drinking glass. His lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, has said the allegations are unwarranted. Briefly The Oakland Raiders have signed two of their potential unrestricted free agents, agreeing to contracts with defensive tackle Terdell Sands and linebacker Robert Thomas. Cleveland won a coin flip with Tampa Bay at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and will pick third overall in April’s draft. The Buccaneers will select fourth. Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein will miss six weeks because of a partially torn left knee ligament. He was injured Thursday during practice, and an MRI exam later revealed a partial tear of his medial collateral ligament, the team said Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The father of NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson was killed Friday when the pickup truck in which he was riding flipped on a highway. Oliver Tomlinson was killed at about 1:30 p.m. in the one-vehicle rollover, said Charlie Morgan, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. Tomlinson was 71. Landis update Tour de France champion Floyd Landis claims more mistakes were made in his doping case, this time involving technicians who handled his two positive urine samples. Landis’ attorneys say the cyclist’s positive doping tests could be invalidated because the same technicians were allowed to work on both samples. Lab rules prohibit technicians from participating in both tests to prevent them from validating their own findings. The lawyers want the technicians from the French lab to be questioned for his arbitration case against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, scheduled for May 14. The new allegation was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.