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NEW YORK (AP) — As many as a million people are expected to check themselves through tight security in the blocks around Times Square to cheer in the new year tonight with entertainers and the descent of the glittering crystal ball. Recent deadly truck attacks in Europe brought about another security wrinkle this year. In addition to 7,000 police officers, dozens of 20-ton sanitation trucks weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand will block off streets leading to the celebration zone.
UNDATED (AP) — Sydney, Australia, has joined the list of places that have already welcomed 2017 and consigned 2016 to the history books. 2017 has also arrived in New Zealand, Samoa and other Pacific islands. Sydney memorialized some of the popular entertainers who died in 2016. The famed fireworks in Sydney were set to David Bowie and Prince music.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A busy market in central Baghdad selling car accessories, food and clothes as well as agricultural seeds and machinery has been rocked by a pair of explosions that killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 50. Iraqi authorities say the attacks took place early this morning in al-Sinaq. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings.
HONOLULU (AP) — Moscow is putting relations with the U.S. in a holding pattern following new sanctions the U.S. is levying in response to its finding of election hacking. Instead of responding immediately to the expulsions of diplomats, Russia is taking a wait-and-see approach, hoping that Donald Trump will reconsider. Trump tweeted praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin following his decision.
JUNIATA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in central Pennsylvania continue the search for the person who shot and killed a state trooper. The trooper was shot at a home where he had responded because of a report of a protection-from-abuse violation. The area around the shooting is described as remote.
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