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July 30, 2000
The United Kingdom consists of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and covers a geographic region roughly the size of Colorado, but at one time it was so large that people said, "The sun never sets on the British Empire." The widespread use of the English language is due, in part, to the long list of countries formerly known as British colonies, which include not only the United States but also such wide-ranging locales as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
April 8, 2014 | By Michael McGough
In September, inhabitants of Scotland will vote on independence from the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II warmly welcomed to Windsor Castle the president of the Republic of Ireland, which declared its full independence from British rule in 1937. The political establishment in Britain (including, it is assumed, the queen) is vehemently opposed to Scottish independence. But it long ago resigned itself to the independence of the Irish Republic. More than that, it has expressed a willingness to have British-ruled Northern Ireland reunite with the rest of the island if that's the preference of a majority of Northern Ireland's population.
March 19, 1991
Amgen Inc. said it received approval to sell its newest drug, Neupogen, in the United Kingdom. The drug fights bacterial infections in cancer chemotherapy patients. The drug is technically called ganulocyte colony-stimulating factor, or G-CSF, and it spurs production of white blood cells that are a key infection fighter in the body. Last month, the drug was cleared for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration. Amgen, a biotechnology company based in Thousand Oaks, said the U.K.
April 4, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The artists performing at this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which begins April 11 in Indio, will converge from all over. Traversing oceans, boarding planes, rolling across highways in Econolines and tour buses, a bounty of musicians from around the world is currently en route to the desert to christen the annual American festival season. These acts, 166 of them, will come in myriad shapes and sizes, speak many dialects and croon in many keys. Some will don the latest fashions, others their recent thrift store finds.
March 23, 1999
On Assignment Inc., Calabasas, plans to open several branch offices in the United Kingdom for its Lab Support division. The division provides skilled scientists and technicians in short-term, long-term and temp-to-hire assignments.
February 6, 1990
Amgen and Swiss pharmaceutical giant F. Hoffmann-LaRoche & Co. have filed for approval in the United Kingdom to sell a new biotechnology drug that produces white blood cells that help alleviate anemia in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, has developed a drug called G-CSF that has shown considerable promise in human clinical trials.
Pulling off the highway into this suburb east of London, a visitor can quickly see why West Thurrock is probably the greatest bastion of American shopping culture in Great Britain. There are familiar names, now recognizable to most Brits, such as Burger King and Toys R Us. There's a giant American-style supermarket, this one a British-owned Tesco.
March 5, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Resorts World Las Vegas, the city's first new mega-resort in six years and scheduled to open in 2016, will have such Asian influences as a replica of the great Wall of China and a panda preserve. Resorts World is to open on the site of the former Stardust Hotel-Casino. The 87-acre development will rise at Las Vegas Boulevard and Desert Inn Road, just south of Circus Circus  and cater-corner from Wynn-Encore. The multibillion-dollar project is the brainchild of Malaysia-based Genting Group . The development will feature 3,500 hotel rooms in its first phase, along with a multi-story casino, upscale restaurants and high-end shopping.
February 3, 2003
Here are this week's key releases on video/DVD, available beginning Tuesday. *--* Video/DVDs BOX OFFICE (MILLIONS) DOMESTIC FOREIGN "Sweet Home $126.4 $7.6 (United Kingdom only) Alabama" Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas; directed by Andy Tennant "Igby Goes Down" $4.7 -- Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon; directed by Burr Steers "Formula 51" $5.1 $6.1 (United Kingdom only) Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle; directed by Ronny Yu *--* *--* Source: Internet Movie Database *--*
May 5, 1991 | JACK ADLER
If you plan extensive travel within the United Kingdom, look into the "Visit United Kingdom" fares offered by Dan-Air in conjunction with Air U.K. The special fares apply to any destination that the two airlines serve on their combined routes in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dan-Air's route includes London (Heathrow and Gatwick airports), Manchester, Newcastle and the island of Jersey, plus Aberdeen and Inverness, Scotland. Air U.K.
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For the first time in forever, "Toy Story 3" is no longer the highest grossing animated film of all time. With its opening in Japan this weekend, Disney's "Frozen" has taken the top spot and pushed its worldwide box office to an estimated $1.072 billion. The two-time Oscar winner , which was released in the United States and Canada in late November, joined the billion-dollar box-office club in early March. The movie is running in 36 countries, including South Korea, the United Kingdom and Germany.
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The British government took another step to lure filmmakers across the Atlantic. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced Wednesday that the government had approved enhancements to the United Kingdom's film-tax-relief program, which will take effect April 1. Among the key changes, the government said it would offer a 25% credit on the first $33 million of qualifying production expenditure, and 20% thereafter. Currently, such projects could only claim a 20% rebate.
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The still-hot "Frozen" has joined the billion-dollar box-office club.  Disney's animated fairy tale musical is expected to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday, according to studio estimates.   "Frozen," which was released wide in the United States and Canada in late November, has generated $388.7 million in box-office revenue from those two countries, while overseas sales have reached $611.5 million.  PHOTOS: Movie scenes from Disney's 'Frozen' The long-running picture is nominated for two Oscars, which air Sunday night.
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The Victorian-era detectives of "Ripper Street" have been granted a stay of execution, thanks to Amazon, which ordered a third season of the BBC series that had been canceled last year. The online retail giant announced the new eight-episode season as part of the launch of its Amazon Prime Streaming Video service in the United Kingdom. The third season will stream on Amazon in the United Kingdom before it airs on BBC One, where the first two seasons aired. BBC America, a co-producer of the series, will air the new season after it has aired in the United Kingdom on BBC One. Currently, Amazon does not have streaming rights for the show in the United States.
January 20, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
China's export industry is responsible for dirty emissions that are blowing across the Pacific Ocean and contributing to smog in the United States, a new scientific study says. About one-fifth of the pollution China spews into the atmosphere comes from producing goods for export to the United States and other countries, according to the paper by a group of scientists that was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Winds blow pollutants from Chinese power plants and factories across the Pacific in about six days, where they boost levels of smog in the United States.
December 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Leave it to Barbara Walters to get Miley Cyrus to open up about her ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Wait, didn't Ellen DeGeneres already do that ? Yes, but 2013 has the unfortunate moniker of becoming the year of Miley Cyrus. Barb asked Cyrus the really tough question about whether she believed she agreed too quickly to getting engaged to "The Hunger Games" star. It turns out little Miley was afraid of being alone. "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had this entire year," Cyrus told Walters in her " Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 " interview.
March 27, 2003
An anonymous benefactor has donated approximately $19.5 million to London's Tate Gallery so the museum can purchase Sir Joshua Reynolds' "Portrait of Omai" and keep the work in the United Kingdom. The work is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold in the U.K.
November 18, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The world's advanced economies grew 0.5% in the third quarter as strength in the U.S. and the United Kingdom helped offset continued weakness in the Eurozone, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation said Monday. The pace of economic expansion in the group's 34 member nations was the same as in the second quarter as the OECD prepared to release new projections Tuesday on future growth. The new data show that advanced economies had improved after quarter-over-quarter growth ground to a halt at the end of 2012.
October 21, 2013 | By Mike Gifford
Pyongyang, North Korea - I became British ambassador to North Korea a year ago, and since then I have seen firsthand the nature of the regime. Its human rights record is appalling; it continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and to sell its military know-how to other states. And yet, I've also seen that it is possible to engage with the regime constructively. The United Kingdom is one of just a handful of Western countries that have diplomatic relations with North Korea (known formally as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea)
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