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.

The pregnant python was the largest ever found in the Everglades

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.

August 7, 2012: Shara Proctor of Team GB leaps into the final of the long jump

Team GB's Shara Proctor qualifies for long jump final

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

This is how you see sailing

Why sailing is not a spectator sport

The action is out there but, asks Chris McGrath, does anyone actually know what's happening?

Teenage kicks for Kirani James as he sweeps to Grenada's first gold

On the first day of next month Kirani James celebrates his 20th birthday and will do so as a world and now Olympic champion. The teenager from Grenada last night comfortably won the 400m to complete a scintillating double.

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

Tampa in lockdown – because the Republican convention is coming

Protesters and terror attacks among the potential threats

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.

Roger Black: Village life is a social swirl with little sleep

Inside an athlete's mind...
Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker during practice at Royal Lytham

Lee Westwood hoping life begins at 40 in the majors

Briton's move to the States is final push to emulate the likes of Els and Clarke

Trayvon Martin in a family photo

George Zimmerman says Trayvon Martin's death was all part of 'God's Plan'

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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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas