New, doom-free era begins for Maya

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The sun has arisen today at Maya monuments in Mexico and Guatemala, heralding the completion of a 144,000-day calendar cycle — but not the end of the world.

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Mayan end-of-world rumors prompt Michigan officials to close 33 schools

More than 30 Michigan schools closed for the holidays two days early, in part because the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on Friday, an official said.

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2 months ‘til doomsday? Mayan apocalypse set for Dec. 21

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If you believe in that sort of thing, humanity can expect a mere two months left of existence before the Mayan apocalypse hits Dec. 21.

Sunday starts the two-month countdown toward doomsday, according to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar that has taken hold in some New Age and spiritualist communities online. 

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2012 and Maya prophecies: What were they thinking?

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As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Maya calendar have been racing to convince people that the Maya didn’t predict an apocalypse for the end of this year.

Some experts are now saying the Maya may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.

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