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Trip Tips: Austin revels in music, nature and keeping it weird

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN (Reuters) - At no other time of year is Austin - the self-styled live music capital of the world - so celebrated than in March, when the throngs pour into the Texas city for the 12-day music, film and interactive festival known as South by Southwest. One of the most influential music events on the planet, South by Southwest marks its 26th year on March 7-16 and draws some 25,000 industry pros and musicians to see at least 2,000 performances at more than 100 venues. (http://sxsw.com)

Stormy Halloween in central U.S. leaves four people dead

By Kevin Murphy Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) - A violent Halloween storm swept from the U.S. Gulf Coast up to the eastern Great Lakes killing at least four people, three in Texas and one in Tennessee, and contributed to the overturning of a school bus in a rain-swollen creek in Kansas. Strong winds and heavy rain lashed the region, and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were still being forecast for Friday afternoon in some regions.

Cycling: Armstrong buys another Texas home

Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has purchased an Austin-area home just days after he sold his luxury Spanish-style estate he has lived in since 2006, it was reported Tuesday. The Austin American-Statesman described the home as being located in an exclusive sub-division. The newspaper did not reveal the purchase price but Austin real estate agents said it was valued at about $4.3 million. There was also no record of whether Armstrong took out a bank loan to pay for the house, the American-Statesman said.
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