January 1, 2013
Qi Zhao, from China, foreground second from left, and others celebrate the new year in New York's Times Square Tuesday Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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As the world rang in 2013 with spectacular fireworks displays and showers of confetti, the specter of economic uncertainty and searing violence dimmed some festivities and weighed on the minds of revelers hoping for a better year.