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USA: Last-minute preparations for new year's eve bash in New York's Times Square

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As the last glimmers of daylight in 2009 left the City of New York Thursday (December 31), thousands of visitors began to pack Times Square for the giant new year's eve bash, while an amped-up police force fanned throughout the area to keep crowds...

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 31, 2009) (REUTERS)
WIDE SHOT OF TIMES SQUARE AT DUSK
VARIOUS OF CROWDS AND POLICE PRESENCE
TRAVELING SHOT OF SCREAMING CROWDS

(SOUNDBITE) (English) KI...

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (DECEMBER 31, 2009) (REUTERS)
WIDE SHOT OF TIMES SQUARE AT DUSK
VARIOUS OF CROWDS AND POLICE PRESENCE
TRAVELING SHOT OF SCREAMING CROWDS

(SOUNDBITE) (English) KIM AUSTIN, VISITING FROM NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, SAYING: "It does, it brings everyone together, we wanted the party atmosphere, we are here, we've made lots of friends, we have seven hours and fifteen minutes to go, and we're going to stick it out."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WILLY HOOPER, VISITING FROM OHIO, SAYING:
"To be around all these friendly people, this is a great place to be." REPORTER ASKS QUESTION, TO WHICH HOOPER RESPONDS: "It doesn't matter, it's not cold, it's like 60 degrees out here, you don't feel it."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BAKAI MADYBAEV, VISITING FROM KYRGYZSTAN, SAYING:
"Like, the feeling to be in the middle of the whole world, here with one million more people, that's why we are here, just to feel that we are in the middle of the whole world, and New York is the capitol of the whole world, and Times Square, the new year's eve, is like the center of the whole world, that's why we came here, just because of this feeling."

CROWD SHOUTING "HAPPY NEW YEAR"

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TAYLOR REILLY, SAYING: "The lights, the ball, everything, it's just, everybody's all together, and nobody gives a crap about the problems, they're just ready to have a good time and enjoy the new year."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NICOLAS, TOURIST FROM FRANCE, SAYING: "We came from France, for two weeks for New York, and we like it, and I guess we have a good night, so it's really fun."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ZAINAB CONTEH, SAYING "I am waiting for the big ball to drop."

CROWD SCREAMING "HAPPY NEW YEAR"

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