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Estimated 1 Million To Ring In 2013 In New York

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NEW YORK (AP) - Hours before New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Rockettes help usher in the new year, Times Square was teeming with revelers wearing plastic "2013" glasses and snapping photos.

Organizers said an estimated million people were expected to cram the district to see the ball drop and countdown to 2013.

The ball was covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and illuminated by more than 32,000 colored LEDs.

It's the first New Year's Eve without longtime host Dick Clark, who died in April. His name is engraved into a panel of the crystal ball.

Security has been tight in the Big Apple as police and officials anticipate the big crowds.

Along with an army of uniformed and plainclothes officers, police will inspect vehicles, enforce a ban on alcohol and check handbags.

Police stressed there have been no specific terrorism threats related to the celebration.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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