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Cops: 5 Dead Americans Stolen for Arcane Religion

Amador Medina was apparently practicing Santeria

(Newser) - Have skeletal remains lying around at home? Yeah, that's a bit of a problem—as Amador Medina learned when police accused him of keeping five disinterred bodies at his Hartford, Conn., apartment. Medina, 32, allegedly paid someone to dig up the three adults and two children for use in...

Kim Jong Il's Body to Be Put on Display—Forever

Embalmed body to rest in Pyongyang mausoleum

(Newser) - It seems North Korea was able to dig up enough coins to pickle dear departed leader Kim Jong Il after all. The country announced today that Kim's embalmed body will go on permanent display in a Pyongyang mausoleum. His body had been shown under a glass coffin, but following...

Pyongyang May Be Too Poor to Pickle Kim

Unlike his father, late leader likely to be buried

(Newser) - Kim Jong Il is currently lying in state in Pyongyang, but North Koreans may not have much longer to view him: A shortage of skills and cold hard cash means the late Dear Leader will likely be buried instead of being preserved for display like his father, Kim Il Sung,...

Want to Leave MJ a Gift? That'll Be $3

Forest Lawn Cemetery is now charging fans to send flowers

(Newser) - Michael Jackson fans love to leave gifts outside his grave (just take a look at the pictures if you don't believe us)—but if they want to keep doing so, it'll cost them. Forest Lawn Cemetery is taking down a stage where people could previously leave gifts, TMZ reports. Now,...

Georgia Mourns Football Mascot

Bulldog, 4, served less than 2 full seasons in shortest reign ever

(Newser) - The University of Georgia football team’s mascot, bulldog Uga VII, has died. He was 4 and had not yet served out two full seasons, the shortest reign in 54 years of Ugas at UGa. Uga was not only a mascot but a beloved pet to the Savannah family that...

Jacko Crypt Drives Up Plot Prices

New addition to the neighborhood sending Forest Lawn prices skywards

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has sent property prices soaring for the graves surrounding his final resting place, a sales rep at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale tells TMZ. The cemetery has hiked the price of plots near the late singer's tomb as much as $3,000 from the usual $7,000 since ...

Jackson's Body Will Head to Celeb-Stacked LA Mausoleum

Final funeral will be family, friends only

(Newser) - Michael Jackson will be entombed in a Los Angeles-area mausoleum that’s the final Neverland of many other celebrities, the New York Post reports. The Holly Terrace section of the Great Mausoleum is reputedly the most secure section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. The same chamber hosts the...

At Least 13 Dead in Iran Crackdown

(Newser) - A violent and chaotic day in Iran left dozens of protesters injured, with reports ranging from 13 to 19 deaths, reports the New York Times. The government's feared militia, the Basij, cracked down with water cannons, electric rounds, and live bullets against thousands of protesters in Tehran. The developments came...

RIP Che, but Not in His Tomb in Cuba

Guevara burial site not nearly as advertised, New Republic reports

(Newser) - Thousands came to Che Guevara's Cuban mausoleum in July to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary’s death—but they were paying respects at the wrong resting place. A French journalist claims that Fidel Castro’s government never actually found the Argentine’s body—as was triumphantly announced 10...

Taj Mahal Needs a Facial

India considers mud pack to clean yellowing monument

(Newser) - The Taj Mahal doesn't have any problems that couldn't be cured by a day at the spa. Centuries of pollution have left the enormous mausoleum with a yellow tinge; to restore its marble to pristine white, India is considering applying a clay mask.

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