Brother of gymnast Simone Biles pleads not guilty to murder
CLEVELAND (AP) — The brother of Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in a shooting that left three men dead at a 2018 New Year's Eve party in...
Lotto contest to send 5 to Times Square on New Year’s Eve
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Lottery says five people with losing Powerball tickets will win another prize: a trip to see the ball drop at Times Square on New Year's Eve and a chance to...
Police: 1 address fired 360 shots at New Year’s Eve party
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say people at one address fired 360 shots from at least nine guns to celebrate New Year's Eve.
Police Chief Rick Smith posted a picture of the bullet casings on his blog Tuesday. It is illegal to fire guns in celebration in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports police used a ShotSpotter gunshot detection system to find the address, which is in east Kansas City.
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Brazilians gathered at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana Beach to watch a spectacular fireworks display on New Year's Eve.
Mexico's leftist Zapatista movement welcomed the new year with a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of its brief armed uprising in the southern state of Chiapas.
Woman in Germany dies from gunshot on New Year’s Eve
BERLIN (AP) — A woman in Germany died from a head injury as she stood outside her house on New Year's Eve to watch fireworks and an autopsy suggests it was a gunshot wound, authorities said Thursday.
New Year’s Eve television viewership takes a dip
NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for New Year's Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather.
Contrary to what the soggy celebrants in New York's Times Square might think, it is because of good weather. Last year's ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" had its biggest audience since at least 1991 with much of the country locked in a deep freeze and potential partygoers wanting to stay home and keep warm.
New Year’s Eve gunfire nearly hits pastor during sermon
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A bullet that was fired into the air as the New Year neared fell through a Texas church roof and narrowly missed a pastor, who said he then turned the service into a celebration of life.
Pastor Evan Risher said he was preaching to about 300 congregants at Ramp Church in Fort Worth shortly before midnight Monday when the bullet interrupted the already lively musical service, landing on the ground near his feet.
Authorities to investigate in-custody death of Georgia man
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has died in police custody after a foot chase during New Year's Eve celebrations.
The Latest: Deputies arrest 11 at Lake Tahoe New Year’s
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on arrests made among New Year's revelers (all times local):
Officials in northern Nevada's Douglas County arrested 11 people at Lake Tahoe during New Year's Eve celebrations.
Man wounded when dispute spurs New Year’s Eve party shooting
VENTNOR, N.J. (AP) — A dispute at a New Year's Eve party in southern New Jersey ended with a shooting that left a man hospitalized.
Ventnor police say the shooting was reported around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday at a city home.
The victim, identified only as a 26-year Hillside man, was attending the party when the argument broke out and shots were fired. Authorities were trying to determine if the man was involved in the argument and if he was the shooter's intended target.
Authorities say Texas man dies after fireworks mishap
SILSBEE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a southeast Texas man has died after a fireworks mishap on New Year's Eve.
Reno police arrest 14, cite 12 amid New Year’s celebrations
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno Police say they made 14 arrests and issued 12 citations during New Year's Eve celebrations in the city's downtown.
The Reno Police Department told KOLO-TV on Tuesday that overall crowds were positive.
Utah’s Brian Head resort cancels fireworks due to snow
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Southern Utah's Brian Head Resort canceled its New Year's Eve fireworks show because of snowy weather.
11 hospitalized amid Las Vegas Strip New Year’s celebrations
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say that 11 people celebrating New Year's Eve on the Las Vegas Strip were hospitalized Monday night.
Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said in an emailed statement early Tuesday that three people were taken to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons, two were taken to the hospital for drug-related reasons and two people fainted.
Police investigate shooting at hotel parking lot in Hartford
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford Police are investigating a shooting at a hotel parking lot on New Year's Eve that left two people injured.
Officials say two men in their 20s were shot at the Residence Inn parking lot on Main Street in Hartford.
Police say they both suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
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Strategic Command apologizes for tweet about dropping bomb
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear and missile arsenal, boasted in a New Year's Eve tweet that it's ready if ever needed "to drop something much, much bigger" than the Times Square ball.
The tweet was accompanied by video of B-2 bombers dropping two 30,000-pound conventional weapons at a test range, according to CNN, which aired the video.
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Times Square crowd braves rain to bid wet welcome to 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Rain drops fell along with confetti as revelers rang in 2019 in New York's Times Square, capping a soggy New Year's Eve celebration that included singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha's stirring rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" just before midnight.
Crews used squeegees to try to remove water from the stages, but New Kids On The Block still splashed up puddles late Monday while performing their hit "Step by Step" on a giant set of steps.
The Latest: Wet throngs welcome 2019 in Times Square
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square (all times local):
Throngs of soggy revelers have greeted 2019 after a rainy night in New York City's Times Square.
Fireworks and the drop of a sparkling crystal ball marked the start of the new year in the eastern U.S.
Christina Aguilera pumped up the crowd, performing in a snow-white dress and coat while partygoers danced in their rain ponchos.
France: Festive celebration in Paris; Macron defends agenda
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated New Year's Eve on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue in a festive and joyful atmosphere amid heavy security.
Parisians and tourists gathered on the avenue known for luxury shops and refined air to watch a 20-minute light show at the Arc de Triomphe monument and a fireworks display at the start of the new year. At midnight, revelers kissed and hugged each other.
2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall
COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30, officials said.
Polar plunges are back after last year’s record cold
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are taking the plunge again after cold weather put the tradition on ice a year ago.
The tradition starts on New Year's Eve with a Polar Bear Dip at Portland's East End Beach. The Natural Resources Council of Maine sponsors the event, which is a fundraiser for environmental causes.
A year ago, organizers put the kibosh on the plunge as cold temperatures shattered records. Officials were concerned about the safety of swimmers.
Organizers test iconic Times Square ball ahead of NYE
NEW YORK (AP) — The organizers of New Year's Eve in Times Square have tested out the iconic crystal ball ahead of Monday night's celebrations.
The nearly 6-ton (6-metric ton) ball was raised Sunday to the top of a 130-foot (40-meter) pole at One Times Square.
The dry run is designed to make sure everything goes according to plan for the annual ball drop.
French police brace for New Year’s Eve unrest
PARIS (AP) — France is deploying more than 147,000 security forces nationwide to gird for New Year's Eve unrest as yellow vest protesters prepare to join the public revelry.
The Interior Ministry said in a statement issued Sunday that the heavy security measures are needed because of a "high terrorist threat" and concerns about "non-declared protests."
Portsmouth plans First Night, Wolfeboro hosts Last Night
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — From First Night to Last Night, New Hampshire communities are planning family-friendly festivities for New Year's Eve.
Portsmouth, which hosts the state's only official First Night celebration, is expecting thousands of people to help ring in the new year. The event includes a street dance from 5 p.m. to midnight in Market Square and fireworks at South Mill Pond at 7:30 p.m.
Rose Parade to see cold, blustery weather
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — People planning to attend the New Year's Day Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game should prepare for cold and blustery conditions.
The National Weather Service says cold Santa Ana winds will increase in strength and become more widespread late on New Year's Eve and through much of New Year's Day.
Forecasters say the parade and game in Pasadena could see gusts up to 35 mph (56 kph) along with wind-chill readings in the 30s during early morning hours.
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Ring in the new: NYPD drone to oversee Times Square revelry
NEW YORK (AP) — It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square.
The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep revelers — and "Rockin' Eve" host Ryan Seacrest — safe.
Prices of New Year’s tuna are still uncertain in Honolulu
HONOLULU (AP) — Ahi prices are still uncertain in Honolulu as demand rises leading up to New Year's Eve.
2 million in Times Square for New Year’s? Experts say no way
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too.
But 1 or 2 million people in New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve? As Snoop would say, you must be sippin' on gin and juice.
Crowd-size experts scoff at those mammoth figures — floated annually by city officials and event organizers — saying it's impossible to squeeze that many of even the skinniest revelers into such a relatively small space.
Key West features 6 ‘drops’ to bring in New Year
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New Year's Eve revelers in Key West can choose between six unusual "drops" planned on the eight-square-mile subtropical island.
The newest answer to the Times Square ball drop salutes Key West's aviation heritage. A "stewardess" is to perch in a replica aircraft late Monday at First Flight Island Restaurant, site of Pan American Airways' ticket office after it began in 1927.
Las Vegas to welcome 2019 with superstars, fireworks show
LAS VEGAS (AP) — No other city does New Year's Eve like Las Vegas.
Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Gwen Stefani are among the superstars who will be ushering in the new year with performances at venues on the Las Vegas Strip, while more than 300,000 people are expected to gather on the world-famous corridor Monday to watch eight minutes of fireworks.
Times Square New Year’s Eve ball gets some new sparkle
NEW YORK (AP) — Preparations for New Year's Eve in Times Square are taking shape, and some of those shapes are 192 new crystal triangles on the famous ball.
The new Waterford crystal triangles will join about 2,500 others Thursday on the big, sparkling sphere. Some new crystals are swapped in every year .
Final fireworks display over Omaha waterway coming up
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans have one final chance to catch a fireworks display over the waterway at Omaha's Gene Leahy Mall.
Tempe cancels New Year’s Even fireworks show
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Dry brush on a Tempe peak has prompted organizers this year to cancel the fireworks show that's part of a popular New Year's Eve celebration.
Downtown Tempe, the organization in suburban Phoenix that produces the annual celebration, says launching fireworks would be unsafe on Hayden Butte.
The Latest: Pope: Choose simplicity over Christmas greed
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Christmas Eve observances at the Vatican (all times local):
Pope Francis is urging Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love.
Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass on Monday night in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes a Christmas Day message and blessing, a Dec. 26 prayer, New Year's Eve vespers and a Jan. 1 Mass.
Nashville preps new 16-foot note to drop on NYE
Peach Drop moving back to Underground Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — The Peach Drop is moving back to Underground Atlanta.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms confirmed Wednesday that the city's New Year's Eve celebration will return to Underground Atlanta after moving to Woodruff Park last year.
TV holiday joy means ‘Wonderful Life,’ Reba, romance, Santa
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting spot of romance or silliness or spirituality?
Television has you covered. There are classic old movies ("It's a Wonderful Life") and a sleigh full of new wannabes; Christmas carols galore; the majesty of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and, for New Year's Eve homebodies, Manhattan's Times Square ball drop among the possibilities.
Here are some of the highlights to consider (all times EST):
MTV acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival.
The three-day New Year's Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year's lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.
Man charged with setting off fireworks to steal Rolex
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say was part of a ruse to set off fireworks inside a massive Florida outlet mall on New Year's Eve to steal a nearly $17,000 Rolex watch.
Twenty-two year-old Kevin Triana was arrested in Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday. Orange County Sheriff's deputies say they're still looking for the man who set off the fireworks that allowed Triana to escape with the pricey watch.
Where you went: Times Square, New York, on New Year's Eve
Who you went with: My sister, Heather Hartman, of Springfield; my mom, Phyllis Schall, of Herscher; and my son Jerry Harsha, of Herscher.
Thieves set off fireworks at Florida mall to steal Rolex
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Police are looking for the suspects who set off fireworks inside a massive Florida outlet mall on New Year's Eve as a ruse to steal an $11,400 Rolex watch.
Sunrise Police say surveillance video shows a man trying on the Rolex at the Zales store at Sawgrass Mills. When the fireworks went off, frantic shoppers and employees ran for cover, hiding in stock rooms. The video shows the man running out the door with the pricey watch still on his wrist after the explosions start.
Omaha to hold delayed New Year’s Eve fireworks show
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha residents will celebrate New Year's Eve — about a week late.
Severe cold weather on Dec. 31 forced organizers of the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular to postpone last week's show.
The fireworks show is now being held Saturday night in Omaha's downtown Gene Leahy Mall, with a brief ceremony and countdown by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
Justin Bieber flew into Mexico to celebrate new year with Selena Gomez.
The on/off couple reportedly saw in 2018 together after meeting up in Cabo San Lucas on Sunday night (12.31.17) - where she was partying with her pals - for some low-key celebrations watching fireworks with close friends.
A source said: "He and Selena spent time together again. They were very low-key and dressed casually.
"They rang in the New Year together and enjoyed watching fireworks over the ocean."
Man’s body found in frozen Oklahoma pond
ADA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff says the body of a 20-year-old man who was last seen at a New Year's Eve party was found in a frozen pond near Ada.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian tells KTEN a search party found Colton Pennington's body Monday evening. A member of the party saw barefoot tracks on the ice, leading to a hole.
Las Vegas New Year’s Eve revelers leave behind tons of trash
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Street sweepers picked up between 10 and 12 tons of trash left behind by New Year's Eve revelers on the Las Vegas Strip.
Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa says 26 street sweepers from the county and the Nevada Department of Transportation were used in the cleanup effort Monday.
Partygoers left behind countless plastic cups, hats, shoes and many other things.
$1.2 million in damage from fireworks in Harris County
HOUSTON (AP) — The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office says a dozen fires blamed on fireworks in unincorporated areas of Texas' most populous county over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day caused about $1.2 million in damage.
Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery says seven of the blazes were the result of improperly discarded fireworks. He says that problem could be eased if people discarded fireworks in water and in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials.
‘Negligent’ discharge of Las Vegas police rifle injures man
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police in Las Vegas say a man suffered a minor injury after the rifle of an officer on the Las Vegas Strip discharged following the New Year's Eve festivities.
Officer Laura Meltzer says the officer was moving barricades around 1:19 a.m. Monday near the Monte Carlo casino-hotel when he had a "negligent discharge."