TIME Crime

Witness the Bronx Crime Scene Where 2 NYPD Officers Were Shot

The Monday night shooting of two plainclothes officers responding to a robbery call came just one day after the funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was fatally shot in Brooklyn, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, in December. The officers in the Bronx shooting are said to be in critical but stable condition

TIME Crime

See the Final Moments Before Boston Bombing Suspect Was Arrested

Cops cornered suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose trial began this week, on April 19, 2013

Sgt. Sean Murphy visited TIME in December 2013 to discuss the photographs he made during the dramatic capture of suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013, in one of the first interviews since he retired from the force. As the bombing suspect’s trial on 30 criminal counts begins in Boston this week, relive the final moments of the manhunt that led to his arrest. The full interview can be read on TIME LightBox.

TIME Crime

See Thousands of People Gather for Slain NYPD Officer’s Funeral

Officer Wenjian Liu was shot and killed in the line of duty on Dec. 20, along with partner Rafael Ramos. During funeral services Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a eulogy along with Liu's widow, Pei Xia Chen. Chen and Liu were newlyweds when he was killed

TIME Sports

A Look Back at the Life of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott passed away Sunday morning after a seven-year battle with cancer

TIME People

See Mario Cuomo’s Life in Pictures

The former three-term New York Governor died Thursday at the age of 82 , just hours after his son was inaugurated for a second term as New York governor.

TIME movies

These Movies Made the Most Money in the U.S. in 2014

From Mockingjay to Guardians of the Galaxy, see which movies reigned at the U.S. box office

All domestic box office grosses are according to Box Office Mojo as of Dec. 31, 2014.

TIME photography

Having a Ball: See Photos of the Times Square New Year’s Ball Through History

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It’s been over a century since the New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped, in 1907, in New York City’s Times Square. According to the Times Square Alliance, the first-ever ball was a metal-and-wood orb that clocked it at 700 lbs. Since then, it’s gone through several iterations, with the current ball — known as the Big Ball — clocking in at nearly 12,000 lbs. of LED lights and Waterford Crystal facets.

The location, TIME declared in 1988, is a meaningful one: “Americans’ emblematic visions of their country incline toward the arcadian — cabins in a peaceable countryside, a small town with no entertainment wilder than a Sousa band in the park. But in this century, as the U.S. became an urban nation, New York City‘s Times Square emerged as a different sort of American apotheosis. Times Square exemplified a certain idea of the city carried to its frenetic extreme: a few blocks dense with too many lights and too much action, a happy chaos of honky-tonk night life (the Florodora girls, Legs Diamond’s Hotsy Totsy Club), theatrical bliss (Barrymore’s Hamlet, the Marx Brothers) and the spontaneous razzmatazz of the rialto,” wrote Kurt Andersen. “There was a civic side as well: Times Square became the natural New York place for jubilation en masse, every New Year‘s Eve and every time America won a war.”

A live webcast of this year’s ball drop will begin at 6:00 Eastern on Wednesday.

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TIME Bizarre

See the 2015 Times Square New Years Eve Ball in One GIF

New Years Eve Times Square Ball Drop GIF
Countdown Entertainment; GIF by Adam Glanzman for TIME

The 11,875-pound ball is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles

Every New Year’s Eve brings a new ball to New York City’s Times Square. The tradition began in 1907 and remains one of the world’s most iconic spectacles at the turn of the new year.

This year’s design is called The Gift of Fortitude. The design utilizes “diamond cuts on either side of a crystal pillar to represent the inner attributes of resolve, courage and spirit necessary to triumph over adversity,” according to the Times Square Ball’s official website.

The ball is illuminated by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LED lights and can display more than 16 million vibrant colors in billions of patterns.

TIME Aviation

Witness the Tragic Aftermath of AirAsia Flight 8501

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed Tuesday that searchers had discovered debris from the missing AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 and the bodies of 40 passengers in the Java Sea. The Singapore-bound plane disappeared on Sunday with 162 people on board

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