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    Revelers in NYC's Times Square welcome in 2013

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    A general view of atmosphere during the installation of 288 New Waterford Crystals on the 2013 Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at One Times Square on December 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of revelers crowded into New York City's Times Square to watch the crystal-covered ball make its annual descent, ringing in the start of 2013.

    The festivities joined a slew of others around the globe, from fireworks in Sydney and Hong Kong to the first public countdown in years in Myanmar.

    New York City's countdown was the first in decades without television host Dick Clark, who died in April. One of the crystal panels on the ball was engraved with his name. Among the one ton of confetti dropped on the crowd at midnight were fans' messages to Clark.

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