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2005-07-07 14:05:58

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crime writer Evan Hunter, better known to many readers as the Ed McBain who authored the 87th Precinct novels, has died of cancer at the age of 78, his agent said on Thursday. Hunter wrote more than 100 novels, short stories, plays and film scripts during a period of 50 years and under different names. His better known works include the novel "The Blackboard Jungle" and the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic "The Birds." "He had been ill for some time, he...

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  • 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.