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Northern Irish golf stars Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list, after claiming their first major titles.
As planet Earth rang in the new year, a different kind of countdown was happening at the moon.
A NASA spacecraft fired its engine and slipped into orbit around the moon Saturday in the first of two back-to-back arrivals over the New Year's weekend.
For the NASA team tasked with the latest lunar mission, New Year's Day seems like Groundhog Day. Twenty-four hours after a probe safely entered orbit around the moon, its twin was poised to do the same on Sunday.
One of two NASA spacecraft en route to the moon fired its engine Saturday, slowing its speed to slip into lunar orbit on New Year's Eve.
Fans of the clean, inviting look of the iPhone, iPad and other blockbuster Apple products are legion, and that includes Queen Elizabeth II.
Police and firefighters patrolled neighborhoods Saturday night, took hotline phone calls and scrambled to identify who was behind the arson fires that have spooked the Hollywood area for two straight nights, making a typically busy New Year's Eve in Los Angeles even busier.
Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it began to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers looking to cast off a rough year and cheer their way to something better in 2012.
From New Zealand to New York, the world eagerly welcomed a new year Sunday with confetti-filled celebrations, glittering fireworks displays and star-studded festivities.