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As the tribe departed, it's said a Creek shaman stopped atop a hill, turned toward the land and chanted a curse he claimed would forever bring bad luck to the intruders.<br><br> Over the years there have been a number of bizarre incidents, including serious injuries and deaths. In 2009 officials summoned a Native American shaman to help lift the curse.<br><br> <i>In this April 28, 2019, file photo, Kyle Larson (42) flips as he makes contact with Jeffrey Earnhardt (81) on the back stretch during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway.(AP Photo/Greg McWilliams, File)</i>

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Ancient skeletons unearthed in France reveal Mafia-style killings

More than 5,500 years ago, two women were tied up and probably buried alive in a ritual sacrifice, using a form of torture associated today with the Italian Mafia, according to an analysis of skeletons discovered at an archaeological site in southwest France.

U.K. plan to phase out smoking for good passes first hurdle

The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party.

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