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Why SXSW is a voyage of discovery

Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple, barbecue – who needs them? Not Gillian Orr, who went off-piste in search of new acts to get excited about at the biggest and best music festival in America

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Reprieve for man 'sentenced to death for being black'

With just hours to go before he was due to be killed by lethal injection, a convicted murderer from Texas has been granted a temporary reprieve so the US Supreme Court can investigate whether he was originally sentenced to death because he is black.

Wildfires rage out of control across Texas

More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in wildfires sweeping across rural Texas – and the biggest of the blazes is still completely uncontained, state officials have admitted.