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LINTHICUM, Md. — A tarantula that escaped in the cargo hold of a passenger flight from Maryland’s BWI airport to Atlanta grounded the plane before it could take off and sent passengers onto another flight.

Baggage handlers noticed a baboon tarantula had gotten out of its container on Flight 1525 Wednesday night. Kruse says the captain grounded the plane so it could be searched for any additional arachnids. Passengers were put on another flight.

Kruse says the spider was confined to the cargo hold and never entered the cabin. No other tarantulas were found.

CONFEDERATE ROCK GETS NEW HOME IN MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — An 11,000-pound boulder serving as a memorial to Boone County residents who fought for the South in the Civil War has moved to its new home at the Battle of Centralia historic site.

The hunk of granite, known as Confederate Rock, was removed early Saturday from the lawn of the Boone County Courthouse, where it has sat since 1975. The rock was donated to the city of Columbia by the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s John Sappington Marmaduke chapter, and it originally sat outside the University of Missouri’s Ellis Library until black students complained of its presence and it was moved to the courthouse.

The shooting rampage at a black church in Charleston, S.C., in late June has sparked a debate over the use and meaning of Confederate symbols.

THOUSANDS WATCH BUFFALO ROUNDUP AT CUSTER STATE PARK

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Thousands of people packed Custer State Park on Friday for the 50th annual Buffalo Roundup.

The event features horseback riders joined by all-terrain vehicles and pickup trucks gathering about 1,300 bison into corrals. They’re branded and given vaccinations, and then the herd is culled, or reduced, to about 900 that will be released back onto the park to roam free for another year.

The rest are sold at auction.

Last year’s event drew about 14,000 spectators, and officials had been larger crowds for the 2015 edition.

— From wire service reports

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