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Police dismiss report of scramble for fake money

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 Police in China are dismissing speculation that a deadly New Year's Eve stampede began when people scrambled to catch coupons that looked like dollar bills being thrown from a window.

   Police say the coupons were thrown after the stampede occurred along Shanghai's historic waterfront, leaving 36 people dead and nearly 50 injured.

   One injured man says people who were at the bottom of steps leading down from a square in Shanghai's riverfront area were trying to get up the stairs, while those at the top were trying to move down. And he says those at the bottom were pushed down.

   The stampede is under investigation.

   Last week, the English-language Shanghai Daily reported that the annual New Year's Eve countdown in the area, which normally attracts about 300,000 people, had been canceled, apparently because of crowd control issues. The report said a "toned-down" version of the event would be held instead but that it would not be open to the public.

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