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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.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild, BFI London Film Festival

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Invisible Ink, No 144: Desmond Bagley

This son of a Lancashire miner, born in 1923, grew up in a theatrical boarding house in Blackpool and started work at 14, servicing one-arm bandits along the Golden Mile. Prone to a debilitating stammer (later brought under control by a hypnotist), Desmond Bagley moved to South Africa to escape his difficult family and began writing radio scripts on science subjects.

New Orleans' flood defences withstand Hurricane Isaac

New Orleans' flood defences appeared to withstand Hurricane Isaac, but thousands of people to the north and south of the city had to be evacuated or rescued as the storm lingered over the US Gulf Coast with whistling winds and constant rain. At least two deaths were reported.

Hurricane Isaac: New Orleans battered by powerful winds as torrential rain brings heavy flooding to the city's suburbs

New Orleans was battered by powerful winds and torrential rain today, as Hurricane Isaac tore across the Gulf Coast, bringing storm damage and heavy flooding to under-protected suburbs of the City.

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Gaffes blow Republicans off course as storm delays convention

Organisers of key party gathering forced to put off Ann Romney's speech until tomorrow

Thousands of Haitians at risk from flooding and disease after tropical storm Isaac

Thousands of people in Haiti remain at risk from flooding and disease despite the earthquake-ravaged nation avoiding the worst of tropical storm Isaac, according to British aid agencies.

Bold Tendencies: Sculpture Project 6, Peckham Multi-story Car Park

Overlooking the Bussey Building, where Victorian industrialist George Bussey once made a killing by manufacturing everything from roller-skates to cricket bats, the upper levels of this disused Peckham car-park have been swept and filled with Art.

Tropical Storm Debby weakens, but continues to pose danger to holidaymakers

Debby, the guest that wouldn't leave, is ruining things for a lot of other visitors despite weakening to a tropical depression and leaving Florida's Gulf Coast behind.

Tropical Storm Beryl hits north-east Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl made landfall in north-east Florida today, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the south-eastern US coast.

Portfolio: VII Agency

When the VII photography collective was established in 2001, little could its members have known quite how timely was their alliance. For just three days later, two airplanes were flown into New York's World Trade Center – and an agency that had dedicated itself to documenting the impact of modern conflict was instantly in the thick of one of the greatest crises experienced by the West for many a year.

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