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2006-06-28 22:11:57

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrea Bargnani of Italy became the first European player made the number one pick in the NBA Draft when he was claimed on Wednesday by the Toronto Raptors in a dizzying first round at Madison Square Garden. "It's an incredible feeling," said Bargnani. "I feel so excited, so proud to represent my country." While Bargnani was clearly headed to the Raptors, several other players taken among the top 10 were sent to other teams in a flurry of...

2006-06-17 11:02:20

By Karen Iley FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A stunning strike from Deco and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Portugal a 2-0 triumph over Iran on Saturday, sealing their place in the World Cup second round. In an often tetchy and generally drab Group D encounter, Iran held Portugal at bay for 63 minutes. Playmaker Deco, back in the side after injury, broke the deadlock by thumping in a sweet right-foot shot following a left-wing cross from captain Luis Figo. Iran, eliminated after suffering...

2006-05-30 00:33:44

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nine years after being pummeled by Winged Foot Golf Club in suburban New York, Padraig Harrington vows to be ready for the revamped course's challenge when he returns there for next month's U.S. Open. The Irishman will be in the area next week to defend his Barclays Classic title at Westchester Country Club, just down the road from Winged Foot where the year's second major takes place from June 15-18. "I went home from Winged Foot being absolutely,...

2006-05-25 06:31:13

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard had no second thoughts about joining the U.S. team in their bid to win back the Olympic basketball title at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. While many top NBA players have spurned the opportunity to go to the Olympics, Howard, the overall first pick in the 2004 NBA draft, said it had fulfilled a lifelong ambition. "I didn't think twice, I wanted to play in the Olympics when I got drafted in 2004 but I didn't get...

2006-05-11 16:11:42

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday that a landmark U.S.-India nuclear deal lacks the necessary support to pass the Congress and he put forward a compromise intended to keep the accord alive. But a senior U.S. official said the administration believes it still can win congressional approval of the deal without the delays and "legislative hurdles" California Rep. Tom Lantos' proposal would create. Under the...

2006-05-11 11:27:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday that a landmark U.S.-India nuclear deal lacks the necessary support to pass the U.S. Congress and he put forward a compromise intended to keep the deal alive. Under the proposal of California Rep. Tom Lantos, Congress would welcome the deal, which opens the door to the transfer of U.S. civil nuclear technology to New Delhi for the first time in three decades. But the proposal would delay making critical changes in...

2006-05-08 12:40:03

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists at Iceland's Decode Genetics Inc. have identified a genetic variant that may account for about 8 percent of prostate cancers, marking a step forward in understanding the disease. Researchers at the biotech company and academic colleagues reported their findings in the online edition of Nature Genetics on Monday. It is the first time that scientists have identified a major genetic risk factor for prostate cancer -- the most common cancer in men -- within...

2006-05-08 08:05:41

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi urged broad support for his compromise candidate for president shortly before voting began in parliament on Monday, but his center-right opponents gave no sign of agreeing. Prodi, whose center-left coalition won last month's election by a slim margin, will not be able to form his government before the election of the new head of state, who will formally give him the mandate. Prodi on Sunday put forward...

2006-05-08 07:03:59

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian parliamentarians start voting for a head of state on Monday after incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left proposed a new candidate to try to avoid a lengthy battle with the outgoing centre-right. Prodi, whose coalition won last month's election by a slim margin, will not be able to form his government before the election of the new president, who will formally give him the mandate. Prodi on Sunday put forward 80-year-old Giorgio...

2006-05-04 11:53:43

By Deborah Charles and James Vicini ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A defiant Zacarias Moussaoui shouted "God curse America" in the U.S. courtroom where he was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after family members of September 11 victims angrily confronted him. Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the United States in connection with the September 11 attacks, sat passively as three family members came forward, including one whose husband died in the plane that was crashed...


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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