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Published December 31, 2011, 12:00 AM

Times Square

The Times Square New Year's Eve Ball rises to the top of it's 135 foot spire, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in New York. A crowd cheered as the ball dropped in a dress rehearsal around noon Friday as preparations continued for New York's big welcome party for 2012. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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