Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Republican Party convention

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.

American grandma quits Cuba swim bid

Veteran long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad was plucked from the Florida Straits yesterday after giving up on her fourth and likely final attempt to make the 103-mile swim from Cuba to the United States.

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So long… 17ft Burmese python found in Florida

A Burmese python measuring 17ft 7in and weighing 164½lb has been caught and killed in Florida's Everglades National Park.

Paul Ryan went solo for the first time yesterday as vice presidential candidate to-be

Paul Ryan flies solo for the first time as he takes on Barack Obama in a key swing state

Having fulfilled his initial task of providing a sorely needed jolt of excitement to the Republican faithful, Paul Ryan today went solo for the first time as vice presidential candidate-to-be, taking on Barack Obama directly in one of the key swing states in November’s election.

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Great Britain's Shara Proctor made swift work of qualifying for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

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The convention venue’s location next to the harbour is a top concern

Tampa in lockdown – because the Republican convention is coming

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Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal at this year's Olympics

Michael Phelps sets his sights on gold despite poor medal haul for USA

Michael Phelps is aiming for gold in tonight's 200m butterfly final even though he has not yet won a medal during the London 2012 Olympics.

Boatman who lost hand to alligator faces court action

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

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The death of Trayvon Martin was all part of “God’s Plan,” according to the man charged with his murder, who still has “no regrets” over his actions on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager.

Murdoch offered Liverpool sports centre if families accepted apology

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.

Alligator bites off swimming teen's arm in Florida

An alligator at least 10 feet (3 meters) long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the boy's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said yesterday.

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