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Revelers crowded New York's Times Square and converged on the beaches of Brazil and skyscrapers of Dubai to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters.But tragedy struck in Shanghai, Baghdad was on edge and protesters in the United States delivered a sobering reminder of one of the year's biggest stories. Thirty-six people were killed in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in downtown Shanghai, city officials said.A Shanghai government statement said Thursday that another 47 people were receiving hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured.It was one of more than a dozen fires across the country linked to raucous New Year's celebrations.In the British Virgin Islands, Jost Van Dyke balloons from about 300 full-time residents to roughly 5,000 people each New Year's Eve as throngs of barefoot, tipsy people groove to reggae bands on white sands and hop from bar to bar.In New York, where the police department is still mourning two officers shot to death in a patrol car, protesters marched late Wednesday night. They came as close to Times Square as possible, but did not interrupt the New Year's celebration.
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