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After 21 Years in Coma, Woman Dies at Home

Bernadette Jones' family built a room for her so she could stay near

(Newser) - An upstate New York woman has died at age of 51 after 21 years in a coma, and the Buffalo News recounts the story of how her family cared for her—at home—all that time. Bernadette Jones of Niagara Falls descended into the permanent state of unconsciousness after her...

Fleeing Suspect Dies After Plunge Into Niagara Gorge

Cop breaks leg in fall, but rescued short time later

(Newser) - A suspect is dead and a Niagara police officer injured with a broken leg after a chase led to both men spilling over a stone wall and into the 100-feet-deep Niagara Gorge yesterday afternoon, reports the Toronto Sun . Police aren't saying what led to the incident, but local residents...

US Town Wants Daredevil to Pay Up

Tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda calls it 'disgusting and sad'

(Newser) - When daredevil Nik Wallenda walked across a wire spanning Niagara Falls, history was made. But the stunt cost tens of thousands of dollars in overtime for policeman and firemen for two towns, one in the US and one in Canada. Wallenda paid for half the bill in both towns, and...

Niagara Falls' Student Loan Offer Actually Luring Grads

More than 200 people have inquired about new plan so far

(Newser) - Niagara Falls' plan to lure recent graduates by paying their student loans is actually working: More than 200 people have asked about renting or buying a place there since the program began just last month. And not just locals; some of the interested parties are from as far away as...

Daredevil Makes It Across Niagara Falls on Tightrope

Nik Wallenda completes his stunt

(Newser) - Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls tonight, taking steady, measured steps for 1,800 feet across the roaring falls separating the US and Canada. Afterward, he said he accomplished the feat through "a lot of praying, that's for...

Tonight: Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda would be first to cross since 1896

(Newser) - It's a once-in-a-century occasion in Niagara Falls, New York: Tonight, for the first time since 1896, a man is set to walk across the falls on a tightrope. "I'm facing Niagara Falls—the wind and the mist and the dark and the peregrine falcons—and I’m...

Endangered Species: Niagara's Maid of the Mist

Iconic tour boat company could soon be no more

(Newser) - The Maid of the Mist tour boats have been a part of Niagara Falls' history since the 1840s, shepherding everyone from King Edward VII to Marilyn Monroe to Pam and Jim to the base of Horseshoe Falls. And its days may be numbered. The Ontario government in February gave a...

Niagara Falls' Sad Stigma: Magnet for Jumpers

Figure 20 to 30 a year

(Newser) - Rescuers in Niagara Falls still haven't found the body of the man who jumped Tuesday in an apparent suicide attempt. Meanwhile, the man who jumped the previous day and miraculously survived is still recuperating, reports AP . Two jumpers in two days: Just how common is this? Parks officials don'...

2nd Person Goes Over Niagara Falls

Authorities searching for the latest, the second in two days

(Newser) - Yesterday, a man survived a drop over the Canadian Horseshoe section of Niagara Falls; today, another person has apparently plunged over the falls on the US side, reports the Buffalo News . The rocks on the American side make survival unlikely, "but we've got to keep looking," says...

Man Survives Niagara Falls Plunge

Third ever to go over unassisted and live to tell tale

(Newser) - Authorities say a man plunged at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls and survived—only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device (ie, a barrel) and lived. Niagara Parks Police say witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing at 10:20 this morning...

Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls Will Be on TV

One of the Wallendas will try next month

(Newser) - ABC is turning an attempted tightrope walk over Niagara Falls into a prime-time television event next month. The network said today that it will devote its entire prime-time schedule to a three-hour special on June 15 with Nik Wallenda's attempt. Part of the show will be an examination of...

Tightrope Walker Gets OK to Cross Niagara Falls

Nik Wallenda will walk from US to Canada on the high wire

(Newser) - It's official: Nik Wallenda will walk a tightrope from the United States to Canada … over Niagara Falls. The stunt was finally approved by the Ontario Parks Commission after commissioners initially denied the request over concerns about cost, safety, and the beauty of the falls, WIVB reports. "To...

Woman's Body Pulled From Niagara River

No word yet on whether it is student who went over

(Newser) - The search for a woman swept over Niagara Falls initially turned up a man's body —but now a woman's has been found. No word yet from the AP whether the body belongs to the 19-year-old Japanese student authorities are looking for, but it has been taken for...

Niagara Falls Search for Woman Turns Up Man's Body

Japanese student's body still hasn't been found

(Newser) - An odd footnote to the sad tale of the 19-year-old student swept over Niagara Falls on Sunday. An international search team dispatched in a helicopter to look for her body in Niagara Falls Gorge instead turned up the body of an unknown male. Authorities are working to identify him, reports...

Woman Tumbles Over Niagara Falls

She's missing, presumed dead

(Newser) - A woman fell into the Niagara River and was swept over the falls last night after climbing onto a railing while taking pictures with a friend. Emergency crews are still searching for her today, but she is presumed dead, the Toronto Star reports. The woman, who was in her 20s,...

Woman Survives Fall Into Niagara Rapids

Tour boat spotted her and pulled her out

(Newser) - This week has brought water tourism disasters at Yosemite and Maui , but finally we've got a happy ending to a similar tale: A 30-year-old Michigan woman survived a fall into the rapids below Niagara Falls, reports KSDK-TV . Lindsey Burgess fell in while hiking with her fiance, and she got...

Woman Dies in Plunge Over Niagara Falls

Witness reports indicate it may have been suicide

(Newser) - A 51-year-old woman was swept over Niagara Falls and died Tuesday, in what may have been a suicide. About 30 witnesses saw the Canadian woman floating by them, "with her eyes closed" but apparently alive, at about 4:30pm, one tells the Toronto Sun . Then "she went past...

The World's Best Waterfalls
 The World's Best Waterfalls 

The World's Best Waterfalls

(Newser) - Waterfalls are a prime tourist destination, and for good reason. Travel + Leisure runs down a list of the “world’s most spectacular,” but check before you go. Visit in the wrong season and you’ll see just a trickle. And dams can turn off the spectacle in...

Man Survives Plunge Over Niagara Falls

(Newser) - A man in his late 30s survived a plunge over the Niagara Falls today, the Buffalo News reports. The man jumped into the rapids of the Niagara River, got swept over the 167-foot falls, and somehow stayed afloat in the frigid water below for 40 minutes until being rescued. He...

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