January 1st, 2011
09:15 AM ET

NYC welcomes 2011 with traditional ball-drop, revelers

Jordana Ossad

New York (CNN) - An estimated 1 million people marked the passing of one year and the beginning of another in New York's Times Square with the descent of an iconic ball.

With the help of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, the dazzling crystal ball began its 70-foot drop at 11:59 p.m. Friday to the harmonious chants of New Year's Eve revelers counting down the final seconds of 2010.

More than one ton of confetti was released at midnight, with personal individual wishes written in more than 25 languages, a tradition from the past three years.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • New Year's Eve 2011
January 1st, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #712 'Welcome to 2011!'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Out with the old! In with the new! That’s a good slogan for most folks, I guess, but I don’t let my wife hear it. Ha! Here is my new letter to carry on my old tradition of writing every day to the president.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, here we are with a whole brand new year stretching out ahead of us, full of as much promise as a new box of pencils! Mind you, I suppose that doesn’t sound like much portent to some, but when you do a lot of writing…as you and I do…the point is clear.

I tried to do celebrate the final day of 2010 by doing something I almost never do; I stretched out on the sofa for a nap.