New Year's Eve

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Man Who Injured NYPD Officers in Terror Attack Gets 27 Years

Judge cites 20-year-old Travis Bickford's age, mental illness as reasons for leniency

(Newser) - A Maine man who admitted trying to kill three police officers with a machete in a terrorist attack near New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve 16 months ago was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Thursday. After the attack, which left one officer with a...

Twins Were Born 40 Minutes Apart in Different Years

'I was still pushing when everyone's doing the countdown,' New Jersey mom says

(Newser) - It was an extra-happy New Year for New Jersey couple Eve and Billy Humphrey, who welcomed healthy twin boys born 40 minutes apart—in different years. Ezra was born at 11:48pm on the last day of 2023 and Ezekiel was born at 12:28am on the first day of...

After the Ball Dropped, a Car Chase in the Streets of NYC

7 pedestrians injured after speeding car ends up on sidewalk; cop, driver also injured

(Newser) - A driver fleeing police in New York City early Monday morning sped onto a sidewalk and injured seven pedestrians, including a woman who was pinned under a food truck struck by the sedan, according to police. The 39-year-old woman trapped under the food truck in midtown Manhattan and six other...

Celebrations Welcoming 2024, Subdued in Many Places, Begin

Auckland kicks off new year with fireworks from New Zealand's tallest structure

(Newser) - Auckland has become the first major city to ring in 2024, with thousands cheering a fireworks display sprouting from New Zealand's tallest structure, Sky Tower, and a downtown light show. This year's New Year's Eve celebrations are overshadowed by the ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza, which...

The Trick to Resolutions: Don't Aim Too High

Such goals are only meant to 'get you started,' says a social psychologist

(Newser) - It's an annual end-of-year exercise in futility for many. But a clean slate awaits at the stroke of midnight for the next round of resolutions. From the first spray of fireworks to the closing chorus of "Auld Lang Syne" 366 days into the future—2024 is a leap year—it...

Why 12/31/23 Could See a Record Number of Las Vegas Weddings

The fact that 'specialty date' of 1-2-3-1-2-3 also falls on New Year's Eve is a big deal

(Newser) - For better or for worse, a wave of couples saying "I do" in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve could set a record for the city's busiest wedding day ever, the AP reports. That's because 12/31/23 is known in the massive Las Vegas wedding industry as...

Drop Tests Confetti Before New Year's Eve

'We got to make sure it's going to float,' organizer says

(Newser) - Visitors to Times Square got a small preview of New York City's famed New Year's Eve party on Friday, as the event's organizers heaved handfuls of colored paper skyward in a promotional event to test their confetti. With crowds of celebrants expected to pack into Times Square...

After Walrus Shows Up, Town Calls Off Fireworks

Officials in Scarborough, England didn't want to distress rare visitor

(Newser) - A town in northeast England called off its New Year's Eve fireworks to avoid distressing a very unusual visitor—Thor, a walrus that arrived Friday night. "We are really disappointed that we've had to cancel the fireworks but the welfare of the walrus has to take precedence,...

CNN Misses Midnight During New Orleans Party
CNN Needed to Back
That Clock Up

CNN Needed to Back That Clock Up

Don Lemon dances through what was supposed to be a countdown to 2023 in New Orleans

(Newser) - CNN inadvertently took the countdown to midnight out of New Year's Eve, when Don Lemon instead danced through 2023's arrival during the network's broadcast from New Orleans. The host and partiers were shown dancing to Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up" when the new year arrived,...

Three NYPD Officers Attacked With Machete on NYE

Two were hospitalized but expected to recover; suspect was shot and wounded

(Newser) - A man wielding a machete attacked three police officers at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City, authorities said, striking two of them in the head before an officer shot the man in the shoulder. The attack happened a little after 10pm about eight blocks from Times...

Happy New Year, Around the World
Happy New Year,
Around the World

Happy New Year, Around the World

Revelers ring in 2023, though the bombs still fall in Ukraine

(Newser) - New Year's celebrations swept across the globe, ushering in 2023 with countdowns and fireworks—and marking an end to a year that brought war in Europe, a new chapter in the British monarchy, and global worries over inflation. The new year began in the tiny atoll nation of Kiribati...

Women Report Being Abused in New Year's Eve Crowd

Italy asks victims to file reports over crimes in Milan square

(Newser) - Italian security officials on Saturday appealed to women or girls who think they were sexually abused or molested by mobs during New Year's Eve celebrations in a square near Milan's cathedral to file complaints with police. Several women have told authorities they were groped by young men that...

Widow Says Cop Shot Man Who Fired Gun to Celebrate NYE

She says celebratory gunfire is a tradition in their Ohio neighborhood

(Newser) - Marquetta Williams says it is a tradition in her Canton, Ohio neighborhood to fire guns in the air at New Year's Eve—but this year, her husband's celebratory gunfire was answered with police bullets. The widow says 46-year-old James Williams was killed when an officer opened fire without...

Twins Were Born 15 Minutes Apart in Different Years

'This was definitely one of the most memorable deliveries of my career'

(Newser) - Baby girl Aylin Yolanda Trujillo has an older brother who was born the year before she was—which would be unremarkable if he wasn't her twin. Aylin was born at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California, in the first minute of Jan. 1, 2022, exactly 15 minutes after fraternal...

21 Workers Stranded On Icy Tramway on New Year's Eve

They were trying to get home but were stuck overnight

(Newser) - New Mexico search and rescue crews used ropes and helicopters Saturday to rescue 21 people who were stranded overnight in two tram cars after an iced-over cable caused the cars to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, per the AP . Lt. Robert Arguellas a Bernalillo County...

Andy Cohen's Live Message to Bill de Blasio: 'Sayonara, Sucker!'

TV personality went on live NYE rant about outgoing NYC mayor during CNN broadcast

(Newser) - Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper did tequila shots while toasting Betty White during their New Year's Eve broadcast on CNN, but the liquor may have gone a bit to Cohen's head. Minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square, ushering in 2022, Eric Adams was sworn in as...

NYC Gears Up for 'Responsible Event for the World to See'

Only 15K in-person spectators, masked and vaccinated, will be allowed at NYE in Times Square

(Newser) - New York City readied on Friday to embrace the new year—and bid good riddance to another pandemic-marred 12 months—as it prepared to revive its annual New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. It did so as an uneasy nation tried to muster optimism that the worst days...

Days After 10K Broke Record, Australia Has 32K New Cases

PM says country is stronger despite lockdowns, fires, floods, mouse plagues

(Newser) - New coronavirus infections soared again in Australia on Friday to a record of more than 32,000, just days after surpassing 10,000 for the first time. Experts say the explosion is being driven by the highly contagious omicron variant and a recent relaxation of restrictions in Sydney and other...

NYC to Welcome Back Vaccinated NYE Revelers

It'll be 'further evidence to the world that we are 100% back,' mayor says

(Newser) - Two years after an unsuspecting crowd in New York City welcomed 2020, the Times Square ball drop will return to something approaching normal—at least for the vaccinated. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that crowds will be welcomed back for a " big, strong, full strength" New Year's...

She Decided to Exit 2020 by Running—for 24 Hours

Jen A. Miller describes a day spent running, walking, sleeping in misery and joy

(Newser) - However you welcomed 2021, it almost certainly wasn't like Jen A. Miller did: by running and walking. For 24 hours. In a piece for the New York Times , Miller explains that she signed up for the Hainesport Hundred and 24 Hour Endurance Run in Hainesport Township, NJ, "because...

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