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Preparations Under Way for New Year's Eve in New York City


Workers in New York City are putting the finishing touches on the famous New Year's Eve Ball, before revelers say goodbye to 2005 in Times Square.

Workers have checked and rechecked the ball's 696 lights and 90 rotating mirrors that will produce a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.

The Waterford Crystal Ball, weighing half a ton, will descend from a 23-meter pole atop a Times Square skyscraper, landing at the stroke of midnight.

American jazz musician Wynton Marsalis will join representatives of the city's fire and police forces in pushing the button for the ball drop.

One ton of confetti will descend onto Times Square, where hundreds of thousands of people are expected. Millions more will watch the festivities on television.

Some information for this report provided by AP.