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The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

Obama wins Florida and tops Romney in final election tally

President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes today, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of the 2000 election.

Men and women CAN be friends - men are just more likely to want more

A scientific survey has claimed that different genders can't be friends with each other, but real-life proves this wrong.

The number of women increases in Congress

Election boosts ranks of women in Congress

Twenty years after the election that was heralded as the "year of the woman" comes another one that could be called that.

Tammy Baldwin and Donald Trump

Who had a good election – and who didn't? Our winners and losers from the race

From Donald Trump to David Axelrod's moustache, Kevin Rawlinson picks those who will want to remember 2012, and those who won't

An Obama rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on the last day of the President’s election campaign

Obama wins four more years as Romney challenge is crushed

America’s women, young and minorities back President – and he heralds victory via Twitter

A poll for the Pew Research Center holds a 48% to 45% lead over Romney among likely voters.

Barack Obama gets poll boost from handling of Superstorm Sandy as US presidential election campaign enters frenetic final days

Experts predict photo-finish in one of the closest elections in American history

Brits work up a thirst for US ale

American beers are booming over here with sales of £30m – thanks to the help of a pointy-faced mascot, reports Mark Leftly
Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, yesterday before heading to Las Vegas

Obama rushes back to campaign trail to win over the waverers in Wisconsin

'Insurance' stop in state that was safe four years ago – but now looks tight

Richard William McBride, poet and writer

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.

Popular kids in high-school will earn higher wages

Zoinks! A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that kids who are more popular in high-school will go on to earn higher wages.

Convention Diary: Party swims with the sharks

If the turtles, groupers, rays and alligators that inhabit the Tampa Aquarium woke up with a hangover yesterday you can't blame them. On Monday night, the fish tank galleries were packed with convention VIPs invited to drink considerable volumes of booze as guests of the American drinks industry. Those spotted enjoying the liquid networking included David Corn, the distinctively un-conservative writer at Mother Jones, and Fred Karger who tried earlier this year to run as America's first gay presidential candidate. The night turned distinctly Austin Powers when two scantily attired mermaids dived into a tank to frolic with shoals of shimmering fish.

Trigger points: Armed officers surround the President's car

America's blight to bear arms

With the US gripped in a guns epidemic, even massacres rarely lead to new controls and only the insane talk sense

Matthew Norman: Has Barack Obama just been handed victory on a plate?

Romney may wish to frame the election as a choice about the budget. But the true battle is ideological

Boxing clever: Paul Ryan, left, and Mitt Romney at a rally in Ashland, Virginia, yesterday. They promise to rebuild America

Romney's high-risk gamble on Ryan ignites the race for the White House

Democrat politicians fanned out across the airwaves yesterday to dub Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, the most extreme Republican on a presidential ticket for generations.

Boxing clever: Paul Ryan, left, and Mitt Romney at a rally in Ashland, Virginia, yesterday. They promise to rebuild America

Mitt Romney's high-risk gamble ignites race for the White House

Paul Ryan has a plan for the US economy, but many Republicans fear it goes too far, writes Stephen Foley

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Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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