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Denver sirens are just a test, not doomsday signal

<p>Associated Press</p><p>A man in a tinfoil alien costume stands on a street in the town of Bugarach, France, on Friday to celebrate the Mayan apocalypse.</p>

Denver sirens not doomsday signal

DENVER (AP) — Officials in Denver want people to know this is only a test.

The city is testing new outdoor warning sirens on Friday, and they’re well aware of all the talk about the Mayan calendar and time running out for the world’s population.

In announcing the drill, officials said they wanted to make sure that people knew that the wailing sirens didn’t mean it was the end of the world.

A chorus of books and movies has sought to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from black holes and solar storms to a change in the Earth’s magnetic field.

Scientists have said predictions of the impending apocalypse are a bunch of hogwash.

Brazil recalls tens of thousands of coins

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Central Bank is recalling tens of thousands of 50 centavo (25 U.S. cents) coins that were mistakenly embossed as 5 centavo pieces.

The bank says in a Thursday statement that a production flaw at the federal mint led to the circulation of 40,000 such coins.

The institution says banks will exchange the flawed coins with new ones and be reimbursed later.


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