Mayan Apocalypse

The host of a program on the History Channel is planning on having a bash to celebrate what some call the Maya apocalypse.

Giorgio Tsoukalos is the host of the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" program. He is one of the leading proponents of the theory that alien astronauts sparked ancient myths, but he doesn't think the world is going to end Friday.

He is hosting a party with bands, food trucks, lights and a mock spaceship that will descend on to a stage at midnight Friday.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won't be ending on Dec. 21, despite predictions to the contrary.

The Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, wrote in last Wednesday's Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that "it's not even worth discussing" doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar that are flooding the Internet ahead of the purported Dec. 21 apocalypse.