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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited Florida this weekend, on a trip likely intended to boost his profile as a potential presidential candidate. Instead, the scandal-plagued Republican arrived in the Sunshine State under a cloud. On Saturday Dawn Zimmer, the Democrat mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, claimed in a television interview that two of Christie’s close aides had threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds from her city if she continued to oppose a major property development plan backed by the Governor.

Book review: 'Stormbelt' by Robert Leslie (With essays by Edward Burtynsky and Cameron Sinclair)

In his essay alongside the photographs here, Edward Burtynsky says: “The images in this book ask that we follow the quiet journey of Robert Leslie and his camera through a land where the notion of the unstoppable economy, a land of plenty, the ‘American dream’, is brought into question.” 

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Errors and Omissions: Plunged into chaos by journalistic exaggeration

The Independent's letters editor and chief pedant spots this week's best howlers

Forget the environment, climate change is now about people

And the politics of it are about to get very, very messy

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conference on November 4, 2013 in London

David Cameron says evidence is ‘growing’ for climate change link to storms after Typhoon Haiyan

Philippines government has blamed 'climate madness' for devastating super-storm that has killed more than 3,600

Typhoon Haiyan overshadows UN climate change talks in Poland

Philippines envoy breaks down and vows to stop eating until 'meaningful outcome is in sight'

British woman Michelle Porter 37, from London, being transferred to a rescue craft because of an injury when her yacht, one of 12 taking part in the Clipper round-the-world race, was hit by a 'monumental' wave off the coast of South Africa and who has been brought to shore for treatment in Port Elizabeth on her birthday

Freak wave hits British yacht racer Michelle Porter off Africa

A British woman injured when her yacht was hit by a “monumental” wave off the coast of South Africa was being treated on Sunday night.

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Elvin Heiberg: Lieutenant-general who expressed public regret that he didn’t fight harder for New Orleans floodgates

Elvin Heiberg was a former chief of the Army Corps of Engineers who was awarded the Silver Star for his service in Vietnam as commander of a combat engineer battalion. But he became best known for his public declaration that he failed to fight hard enough for the installation of floodgates that might have spared New Orleans from the flooding devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Cyclone Phailin: Recovery begins after giant storm surges across Indian coast, forcing 600,000 from their homes

Cyclone finally makes landfall in the state of Orissa, killing only seven as officials hail successful evacuation of 600,000

Gulf coast on hurricane alert as US braces for tropical storm Karen

Landfall is expected late Saturday or early Sunday morning

Death toll rises to 123 in Mexico following Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel

59,000 people believed to have been evacuated from their homes

68 missing in Mexico landslide 'probably dead', says president

Official warns death toll from two tropical storms could soon reach 200

Hong Kong braced for 'strongest storm on earth' as 180mph monster Super-Typhoon Usagi gains strength over the Pacific

The storm is set to roar between the Philippines and Taiwan before hammering the southern Chinese coast

Crocodiles infest Mexico as death toll rises to 80 and more landslides hit Acapulco

Flooding has forced residents to wade through dangerous waters as Tropical Storm Manuel is upgraded to a category one hurricane

Mexico storms: Exhausted tourists jostle for flights out of Acapulco

Thousands of exhausted tourists lined up late into the night on a muddy road outside a military base for a chance to get home on one of two precious air bridges out of the famed beach resort Acapulco, isolated by landslides set off by Tropical Storm Manuel.

Mexico battered by two severe storms as more than 5,000 evacuated and country prepares for worse

Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel hit Mexico as country prepares for Independence Day Celebrations

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