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2009-09-20 08:30:27

Britons who assist a friend or relative to commit suicide no longer face prosecution, said officials revising guidelines in a 1961 British law. However, those encouraging the suicide of a person vulnerable to manipulation still could be prosecuted and face up to 14 years in prison, Keith Starmer, Britain's director of public prosecutions, told The Sunday Times of London. The new guidelines being issued this week will apply to assisted suicides in Britain and overseas, where more than 100...

2009-08-18 17:16:00

Thousands of struggling homeowners' property tax debts have been sold to private collection companies that charge high interest and fees, records show. Governments rid themselves of a collection hassle and put quick cash into their reserves by selling the liens, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Lucas County, Ohio, for example, sold 3,000 tax liens to a private firm for $14.7 million. Homeowners, however, often must pay punitive fees and double-digit interest rates as a consequence of the...

2009-08-05 11:54:04

Ghostwriters paid by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Wyeth worked on dozens of articles published in medical journals under doctors' names, court documents indicate. Many of the ghostwritten papers -- published in 18 medical journals including The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The International Journal of Cardiology between 1998 and 2005 -- backed the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, the documents cited by New York Times said. The review articles, which assessed the...

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2009-07-21 19:05:00

Argentina may be slipping into a deep and prolonged recession, despite government efforts suggesting slow growth, a private-sector analysis finds. The large South American country, which usually has Latin America's second-highest human development index and gross domestic product, will contract into 2 percent to 3 percent negative economic growth this year, the analysis for the Financial Times found. The negative-growth forecast contrasts sharply with official figures, which predicted 1.88...

2009-07-21 09:12:00

WASHINGTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Roll Call Group today announced it has agreed to acquire Congressional Quarterly from the Times Publishing Company. Under the terms of the agreement, Roll Call, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Economist Group, will purchase CQ to form a new company to be known as the CQ-Roll Call Group. "We are delighted to welcome Congressional Quarterly to Roll Call," said Laurie Battaglia, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Roll Call Group,...

2009-07-14 15:50:15

The amount of goods leaving factories in 16 countries that use the euro rose in May for the first time since last August, statistics indicate. But even with the 0.5 percent increase, Eurozone factory output remained 17 percent below the level of a year ago, the European Union's statistics office said Tuesday. The increase also fell short of expectations, and German investors warned a comeback could be sluggish, the Financial Times said. Higher output in Germany, France and Italy had...

2009-06-29 23:34:02

The Los Angeles Police Department, hoping to improve relations with Muslims, has appointed the force's first Islamic chaplain, police officials said. Pakistan-born Sheik Qazi Asad, 47, will become a reserve chaplain at the North Hollywood station, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. We need to establish very good communication ... where both parties are talking to each other, Asad told the Times. This is just opening up the door. Asad, a U.S. citizen, has spent a decade working to improve...

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2009-06-29 14:55:20

A rare case of censorship appears to have paid off. The New York Times reported on Monday that it had collaborated with online encyclopedia Wikipedia to keep news of its kidnapped reporter in Afghanistan from going public for more than seven months. Times reporter David Rohde was taken captive by the Taliban in November 2008. The Times believed that publicity over his kidnapping would worsen negotiations to ensure Mr. Rohde's safe return. Rohde and his translator, Tahir Ludin, were able to...

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2009-06-16 16:39:49

Baseball superstar Sammy Sosa allegedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, sources told The New York Times. The Times said Tuesday lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year did not know for which drug Sosa allegedly tested positive. Sosa is sixth on Major League Baseball's career home run list, and last played in 2007. If true, the allegation makes Sosa a part of a group including Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Manny...

2009-06-04 11:55:00

MYSPACE VIDEO'S HIT GAME SHOW TO BE BROADCAST ON ICONIC DIGITAL BILLBOARD NEW YORK, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- BFF Entertainment (http://www.bff.tv)is excited to celebrate Best Friends Day on June 8th. Join BFF and millions celebrating National Best Friends Day in the Times Square Pavilion. Unique activations include Best friend photo ops, which will be presented live-feed-style in Times Square, inaugurating and affirming Best Friends Day. In addition to activities in the pavilion, the iconic...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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