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Times Square ball drop rings in 2014

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NEW YORK (WKOW/AP) -- A sea of horn-tooting, hat-wearing revelers cheered as the famed crystal ball dropped in New York City's Times Square Wednesday, ushering in 2014.

Many waited for 12 hours to take part in the annual tradition.  Post 9-11 security measures were tight.

Bronx-born U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor led the 60-second countdown and pushed the button that unleashed the shimmering orb with 2,688 crystals.  The role is usually filled by New York's mayor.  But on his last day in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, sat the celebration out. 

Meanwhile newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio took the oath of office just after midnight at his Brooklyn home.

The celebration featured performances from artists such as Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Blondie.

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