The crowds are getting primed in Times Square for the big New Year's Eve ball drop with music by Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Justin Bieber with Santana and others.
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.
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.
NASA is counting down the seconds until its twin spacecraft bound for the moon make back-to-back arrivals over the New Year's weekend.
Uncle Sam ended the year having saddled Americans with another 81,836 pages of regulations. No issue was too small or insignificant to escape attention in the federal government's final week of pronouncements.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are curious about your New Year's Eve plans.