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The most terrifying spider in the world builds a fake spider decoy to trick its victims

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No danger at Connecticut church after phone threat

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Burial site of ancient warrior queen found in Guatemala

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MBA blog: Making money while doing good

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A Soldier in Every Son - The Rise of the Aztecs,
Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Cult favourite: Lynch in the 1987 American-Italian 'sword and sorcery' film 'Barbarians' as the evil tyrant Kadar

Richard Lynch: Actor whose scarred appearance made him ideal to play cops and heavies

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