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Obama picks up split Flordia

The last state in the 2012 presidential race has been called, with Florida going narrowly to President Obama.

Dick McBride: One of the last of the Beat poets

Dick McBride was a poet of the Beat Generation who acted as a literary bridge between the United States and Britain, bringing the writings and spirit of the Beats to this country. In books and in performances of his own works and those of fellow writers, he sought to broaden awareness of the poets who had made such an impact on American writing.

National Review Editors defend Richard Mourdock on abortion

When Bill Buckley, the late and legendary conservative writer, founded the National Review in 1955, he said he wanted it to "stand athwart History, yelling Stop!". His successors at the magazine have today published an editorial in which they defend Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee from Indiana, said this week: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom, who died on 12 June aged 78, was an Indiana University professor of political science who became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics. Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel Prize for economics with Oliver Williamson from the University of California, Berkeley. They were honoured for analysing the rules by which people exercise authority in companies and economic systems.

Inventions: Heath Robinson, eat your heart out

A team of geeks has devoted 5,000 man hours over six months to building a van-sized contraption designed to do nothing more complicated than pop a single balloon. Because, well, why not?

28 killed as storms ravage US

Powerful storms stretching from the US Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns and killed at least 28 people as the system tore roofs off schools and homes and damaged a maximum-security prison. It was the second deadly tornado outbreak this week.

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Ruth Stone: Poet who chronicled love and loss

Ruth Stone, who has died aged 96, was an award-winning poet whose life spanned the 20th and 21st centuries. During her lifetime she was compared by her contemporaries to Sappho, Dante, Christine de Pizan, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin and Anna Akhmatova. She bequeaths a literary legacy to be reckoned with for the remainder of this century.

On holiday with Indiana Jones

Thirty years since Raiders of the Lost Ark came to the big screen, the intrepid archaeologist with the bullwhip is still inspiring travellers, says Matt Barr

Governor's ultimatum to Wisconsin unions tests Republican power

The showdown between Wisconsin's Republican governor and his Democratic and public employee opponents has grown only fiercer in a state budget battle that has turned into the biggest national controversy over unions and their rights since Ronald Reagan sacked striking federal air-traffic controllers in 1981.