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Renovation complete at blighted US hotel

The site of the deadliest hotel fire in United States history -- a tragedy that led to nationwide fire-safety reforms -- will open to guests next month as a new boutique hotel after a -million makeover. In 1946, 119 people died in a fire that helped forever change fire codes across the country.

Runaway bride wanted to ‘disappear without a trace’

Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks wanted to vanish because she feared she could not be the perfect wife. She picked Austin, Texas, as her original destination after seeing actor Matthew McConaughey talk about his hometown on TV. And she funded her odyssey by cashing a cellphone rebate check and emptying an old bank account.

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