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Deaths barred in Italian village

•, Associated Press

Since the start of the month it has been illegal to die in Falciano del Massico, a village of 3,700 people some 30 miles from Naples in southern Italy.

Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava issued the tongue-in-cheek decree because the village has no cemetery and it is feuding with a nearby town that has one -- creating a logistical problem about what to do with the deceased.

The mayor told newspapers that villagers are content.

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