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NEW YORK (AP) — Some partygoers in New York City's Times Square say they're concerned about the threat of terrorism, but they wouldn't miss a once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the crystal ball drop at midnight. Some 6,000 police officers are monitoring the crowds and there've been rigid security screenings, but that's not stopping the party.

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Munich warned of a "serious, imminent threat" by Islamic State group suicide bombers wanting to commit an attack on New Year's Eve. Despite the warnings, thousands of people were on the streets of Munich at midnight to welcome the New Year with fireworks.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson resigned today. They cited frustration with the influence of the retired neurosurgeon's business manager and questioned his readiness for the White House.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Wayne Rogers, who played Trapper John on the TV show "M.A.S.H.," died today in Los Angeles. He was 82. For three seasons, Rogers portrayed the colleague as well as cohort of Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 6-year-old Florida boy is dead after authorities say his father pinned him against a couch while the man and his girlfriend played video games Christmas Eve. Thirty-one-year-old James Dearman was charged today with aggravated manslaughter of a child. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says Dearman became angry when his two sons wouldn't go to bed, and he used his full body weight to pin the younger boy to the couch.

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