Iron rods to fend off 'vampires'
Since archaeologists said last week they found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires. One of those 700-year-old skeletons goes on display Saturday at the National History Museum in Sofia. Director Bozhidar Dimitrov said Thursday that was done at burial to people thought to have led evil lives as recently as the start of the last century.
Yosemite shuts some lodging
Some popular lodging areas in Yosemite Valley will be closed because of a high risk of rock falls along the national park's towering granite walls, federal officials said Thursday. Prompted by a new study, 18 sites in historic Curry Village, a tract of canvas and wooden cabins, will be shut along with a half-dozen spots below the sheer cliffs of El Capitan that are mainly used by rock climbers.
Helmet laws save lives, expense
Fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets and costs to society are lower, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed Thursday.