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Sci-Fi & Gaming News Archive - November 28, 2005

The new Harry Potter film generated an estimated $408 million at the worldwide box office after its second weekend, with North American moviegoers contributing nearly half of that amount, its distributor said on Sunday.

A new research study examining a seven-year period of 32 domestic violence-related deaths in Hamilton County, Ohio, found that in more than 80 percent of the cases, the victim was either separated or about to terminate the relationship. In 96 percent of the cases, there were so called “predictors of death.” These are some of the key findings in a new research study led by the University of Cincinnati’s School of Social Work.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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