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APOCALYPSE 2012?

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- We may need a 2013 calendar after all. A German expert says an ancient Mayan tablet doesn't predict the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. The expert (Sven Gronemeyer) says the tablet instead says a Mayan God will return on what's interpreted as that day. He presented his findings at a conference in Mexico yesterday. But there's still some wiggle room on just what the Mayans were saying. The stone tablet is cracked and the end of the passage is almost illegible.

HIGHWAY CASH

UPPER ST. CLAIR, Pa. (AP) -- Free money? No way! Police in Pennsylvania say people who grabbed flying cash could face criminal charges. A bank van spilled more than $100,000 in Upper St. Clair, just southwest of Pittsburgh. The money was blowing in the wind and people stopped their cars to grab the flying bills. Police are investigating why the door of the Fidelity Courier Service van opened. The company is offering a reward for the return of the money. Authorities say there also will be a two-week grace period.

ODD-BURRITO LOCKDOWN

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) -- Drop the burrito! A New Mexico county jail was under lockdown earlier this week because of a burrito. KOAT-TV reports a guard smuggled in some Mexican food for a prisoner, who was caught eating the burrito. Prison authorities were concerned the burrito run was just a rehearsal for smuggling something a lot more serious. But nothing else was found. The guard has been canned.

CLERK SCARES ROBBER

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- It was gun versus ax handle. Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, report a masked bandit pointed a gun at a store clerk and demanded money. But the crook was scared off when the clerk pulled out an ax handle. According to authorities, the 50-year-old cashier at the ATM Market also yelled out his store was being robbed. He cries were heard by workers at the garage next to the store. They chased the suspect, but police say he got away.

SEATTLE VENDING MACHINES

SEATTLE (AP) -- Goodbye chips and candy. The city of Seattle is stocking its vending machines with healthy snacks. Soda and sweets are being replaced with stuff like nuts, dried fruit, milk and juice. KUOW reports the new snacks are being recommended by the Seattle-King County Health Department. The restocked vending machines are in city parks and community centers.

COOKBOOK COLLECTION DONATED

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (AP) -- What's cooking with Joan Green? Her cookbook collection. She's filled her basement with 2,000 cookbooks over the last 60 years. Now, she's donating her library to Syracuse University in upstate New York. Green says none of her children or friends wanted the books, so most are going to the school. Green hopes the collection will offer students a history of cooking around the world. Green tells the Post-Standard there are cookbooks in French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.


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