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Tropical Storm Isaac slogs towards U.S. Gulf Coast

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Isaac churned across the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, disrupting U.S. offshore energy production and threatening to hit Louisiana on the anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Romney’s Unity Convention Already Highlighting GOP Divisions

TAMPA — In an email to supporters Thursday advertising a contest offering a lucky donor the chance to watch his Tampa speech in person, Mitt Romney laid out the stakes for the Republican convention as clearly as anyone could.

Crist To Speak At Democratic Convention

Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, will speak at the Democratic National Convention, a Democratic official confirmed to TPM Monday. Crist became an independent during an unsuccessful Senate bid against Sen. Marco Rubio. Crist currently has no party affiliation, according to CNN.

Apple’s Patent Win Could Alter Landscape Of Smart Phone Industry

The dust has yet to settle on Apple’s patent lawsuit victoryFriday over electronics rival Samsung. Samsung has said it will ask the court to overturn the verdict, which would award Apple more than $1 billion in damages. But if that’s unsuccessful, Samsung will likely appeal.

Syrian military helicopter crashes in Damascus

A Syrian military helicopter has caught fire and crashed after it was apparently hit during fighting between government forces and rebels in the capital, Damascus, an activist group said.

UN staff jailed in Burma

A court in Burma has sentenced two United Nations workers to prison terms for their alleged involvement in a spate of bloody communal violence in the west of the country in June.

Earthquakes strike off El Salvador coast

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake has struck off the coast of El Salvadorfollowed by a magnitude-5.4 aftershock, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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