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Emergency personnel in Florida rushed yesterday to finalise contingency plans to postpone or relocate next week's Republican Party convention in Tampa, should the area be lashed by Tropical Storm Isaac.

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A boat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9ft alligator has been charged with unlawfully feeding the reptile.

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News International offered to build a sports centre in Liverpool if families of those killed in the Hillsborough football stadium in 1989 gave public support to an apology by The Sun over their notorious coverage of the disaster.

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