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2006-05-08 14:43:46

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday rejected calls from within his party to name a date for his departure but promised to give his successor ample time to settle in before the next election. Trying to quash unrest in the ruling Labour Party over when he will stand down, Blair promised a smooth transition and backed finance minister Gordon Brown as his chosen successor. Blair was forced to speak out after dismal local election results...

2006-05-08 09:56:45

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday rejected calls from within his party to name a date for his departure, saying such a move would paralyze government. Seeking to quash mounting unrest in the ruling Labour Party over when he will quit, Blair guaranteed an orderly transition that would give his successor enough time to settle in before the next national election due by mid-2010. But he failed to quell speculation over the handover or...

2006-05-08 07:18:52

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday rejected calls from within his party to name a date for his departure, saying such a move would paralyze government. Blair, seeking to quell mounting unrest in his Labour Party over when he will quit, said he would arrange an orderly transition giving his successor time to get established before the next election due by mid-2010. Labour is in turmoil after suffering one of its worst local election...

2006-05-08 05:55:49

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was set to defy calls on Monday to name a date for his departure as he seeks to quell mounting unrest in his Labour Party that threatens to destabilize the government. Blair was to hold a regular news conference and later address Labour parliamentarians amid charges by his allies that left-wingers are staging a coup to topple him. One senior party official, who declined to be named, told Reuters Blair had no...

2006-05-05 09:50:45

By Katherine Baldwin and David Clarke LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacrificed two top ministers in a cabinet overhaul on Friday after his Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997. The shakeup follows accusations of government sleaze and incompetence on top of the dismal results, which piled pressure on Blair to give his government new impetus or step aside. Foreign minister Jack Straw and interior...

2006-05-05 11:27:47

RIGA, Latvia (Reuters) - Los Angeles Kings's Dustin Brown collected a hat-trick as the United States opened the hockey world championships with a 3-1 comeback win over Norway on Friday. Norway, back in the A pool for the first time since 2001, scored the championship's first goal when Tommy Jacobsen's slap shot from just inside the blueline found its way through a crowd in front of the U.S. net and past netminder Craig Anderson. The U.S. then tightened up defensively and Brown...

2006-05-04 07:50:52

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A group of prominent English Roman Catholics is opposing a Vatican call to boycott the film "The Da Vinci Code," saying the movie's release is not a threat but a chance to explain their faith, their spokesman said on Thursday. A top official close to Pope Benedict has blasted Dan Brown's best-selling book as full of anti-Christian lies and urged Catholics to boycott the new film that is based on it. But Austin Ivereigh, press secretary for...

2006-04-28 14:35:00

By Richard Valdmanis NEW YORK -- American motorists are feeling the pinch from skyrocketing pump prices, with some turning to buses and bicycles to avoid sticker shock and scattered shortages on the East Coast and in Texas. The cost of a gallon of gasoline has jumped about 16 percent in a month to $2.93 on average, and has blown past $3 a gallon in many major cities, according to AAA's daily survey of more than 85,000 stations. "They're putting a dent in my pocket," said Patricia Gonzalez, a...

2006-04-28 12:46:08

By Richard Valdmanis NEW YORK (Reuters) - American motorists are feeling the pinch from skyrocketing pump prices, with some turning to buses and bicycles to avoid sticker shock and scattered shortages on the East Coast and in Texas. The cost of a gallon of gasoline has jumped about 16 percent in a month to $2.93 on average, and has blown past $3 a gallon in many major cities, according to AAA's daily survey of more than 85,000 stations. "They're putting a dent in my pocket," said...

2006-04-28 07:25:50

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Mystery solved. It was the admiral. A secret code embedded in the text of a court ruling in the case of Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code" has been cracked, but far from revealing an ancient conspiracy it is simply an obscure reference to a Royal Navy admiral. British High Court Justice Peter Smith, who handed down a ruling that Brown had not plagiarized his book, had embedded his own secret message in his judgment by italicizing letters...


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Brown Swiss Cattle
2014-07-12 12:06:09

The Brown Swiss is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in the Swiss Alps. In 1949, it was claimed the cattle of the European Alps were improved by Pinzgauer blood. This was assumed by the cattle’s color and history, but has been disproved since. The Brown Swiss is completely different from the original cattle bred in Switzerland in the late 1600s. The breed was imported to the United States by Henry M. Clark in 1869. A total of 25 bulls and 140 cows were imported at that time. The...

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2008-07-14 17:05:35

The Brown-breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthorrhous), is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family. It is found in China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2006-12-12 14:00:13

The Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth, Bradypus variegatus, is a species of sloth from Central and South America. It is the most widespread and common species of the group. It is found in many different kinds of environments, including evergreen and dry forests. Also, in highly unsettled natural areas. It is a solitary, nocturnal and daily animal, feeding on leaves of many species of trees. The female of the species is known to emit a loud shrill, during the mating season to attract...

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2006-11-06 13:02:43

The Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater, is a small bird of the Icteridae family. They are residents to open and semi-open country across most of North America. They are permanent residents in the southern parts of their range. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico. At one time, the Brown-headed Cowbird followed the bison herds across the prairies. Their numbers expanded with the clearing of forested areas and the introduction of new grazing animals by settlers...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Brown Dwarf -- Brown dwarfs are a special type of low-mass star (approximately 13-70 Jupiter masses) that do not have nuclear fusion occurring in their cores during their time on the main sequence. Early in their development most brown dwarf stars do have lithium fusion in their cores, and a lack of lithium is a test for low-mass objects that are suspected of being brown dwarfs. Many brown dwarfs continue to glow in the red and infrared after their lithium is exhausted. This glow is...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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