Waterfall in N.J. new federal park
A waterfall in Paterson, N.J., that inspired generations of newcomers to America and was featured in everything from a William Carlos Williams poem to an episode of the TV show The Sopranos became the nation's newest national historic park Monday. The 77-foot Great Falls was given the national park designation in a ceremony attended by New Jersey officials, local schoolchildren, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the head of the National Park Service. The Great Falls National Historical Park will cover about 35 acres.
For 29 mummies, a sense of style
Russian police discovered 29 mummies at the home of a historian who dug the bodies up from cemeteries and dressed them in clothes scavenged from graves, they said Monday. Police released a video of the scene from the man's apartment in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod. Russian media reports identified the man as Anatoly Moskvin, a 45-year-old historian who was considered the ultimate expert on cemeteries in the city, about 250 miles east of Moscow.
Cemetery issues eviction warning
Pushed for space, a Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites whose leases are up as a warning to relatives or caretakers to pay up or face eviction. Jose Abadia, deputy urban planning manager for northern Zaragoza city, said Monday the city's Torrero municipal graveyard had removed remains from about 420 crypts in recent months and taken them to a common burial ground.