Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press
A Dick's Sporting Goods store is seen in Arlington Heights, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Dick's Sporting Goods announced Wednesday that it will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. Dick's had cut off sales of assault-style weapons at Dick's stores following the Sandy Hook school shooting. But Dick's owns dozens of its Field & Stream stores, where there has been no such ban in place. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Here’s a look at the news for March 1.

Utah lawmakers to discuss gun safety after Dick’s, Walmart bans sales

Both Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart announced on Monday that they would no longer sell firearms and ammunition to customers younger than 21 years old, according to the Deseret News.

Utah lawmakers hope to create a task force that will be tasked with building a strategy to keep children safe while in school.

Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, said the task force will contain community stakeholders. They will produce a list of workable solutions for a June or July special legislative sessions.

"Most people recognize it is time to address this issue," Kennedy said. "It's been magnified to the point where we need to do something. And the Utah School Safety effort will be working to determine what that something looks like."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Jury trial set for Shamo case

A jury trial has officially been scheduled for an ongoing case of a Cottonwood Heights man who is accused of running a drug ring that spanned the globe, the Deseret News reported.

Aaron Michael Shamo appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, where he received a status conference for his case.

The four-week trial will begin on Aug. 20.

Shamo’s accused partner, Drew Wilson Crandall, is still negotiating a deal with prosecutors, according to the Deseret News.

"We are hopeful and anticipate that there is going to be a resolution," defense attorney Jim Bradshaw said on Wednesday.

Read more at the Deseret News.

FamilySearch CEO gives keynote address at RootsTech

FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood introduced the theme of this year’s RootsTech Conference when he spoke in the keynote address on Wednesday: the idea of connecting and belonging, according to the Deseret News.

Rockwood said that people seek out their family histories so commonly these days “because they want to feel what it’s like to connect and belong.”

RootsTech, he said, will help people achieve that goal.

“RootsTech is here to help you do exactly that,” he said. “We want you to connect with your family. We want you to connect to each other. Why? Because we’ve learned when we connect and belong to each other, we treat each other differently.”

Read more at the Deseret News.

Putin reveals ‘invincible missile’

Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his country has a new cruise missile that is invincible, according to BBC News.

Putin explained his new missile as he was laying out his key policies for his upcoming fourth term. He is largely expected to win re-election in about two weeks.

Putin showed off some other Russian missiles, including this invincible missile that can “reach anywhere in the world,” he said.

He said the U.S. couldn’t even stop it.

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He said it is "a low-flying, difficult-to-spot cruise missile with a nuclear payload with a practically unlimited range and an unpredictable flight path, which can bypass lines of interception and is invincible in the face of all existing and future systems of both missile defense and air defense.”

Read more at BBC.


The Los Angeles Times: After their teacher fires a gun at school, Georgia students use opportunity to challenge Trump’s proposal

Reuters: Cyberattack on German government sought more sensitive data than 2015 hack — lawmaker

NBC News: Open-source material offers hints on North Korea’s missile capabilities

NPR: Australia says gun amnesty netted 57,000 illegal weapons

The New York Times: Amid Turkish assault, Kurdish forces are drawn away from U.S. fight with ISIS