Statue of Liberty to close for a year

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NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Statue of Liberty will close in October, the day after its 125th anniversary, for a year's worth of safety upgrades, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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PRINCETON, N.J., June 21 (UPI) -- Jon Huntsman officially declared for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, vowing in New Jersey's Liberty State Park not to trash President Obama.
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NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- Sarah Palin said Wednesday she has not decided whether to run for U.S. president, while Donald Trump said she has asked him to run.
Obama fetes poets at White House

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Shutdown would hit national parks hard

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Leaked cable reveals more 9/11 plotters

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ATLANTA, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A storm system that walloped the U.S. South with tornadoes and heavy rains hit the Eastern Seaboard Wednesday, closing the Statue of Liberty, officials said.

Tightrope walker going 23 stories up

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A French high-wire artist announced plans to walk the tight rope for 150 feet while more than 23 stories above the ground in New York state.

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Last shuttle fuel tank rolls off the line

Last shuttle fuel tank rolls off the line

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Boater charged in deadly NYC collision

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U.S. trial begins for Pakistani terrorist

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The trial in a federal courtroom in New York began Tuesday for the Pakistani woman accused of shooting into a crowd of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Terrorist suspect makes juror demand

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Accused terrorist Aafia Siddiqui said the jury in her New York trial should not contain anyone with a "Zionist or Israeli background."

NTSB seeks changes to prevent collisions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators called for changes in air traffic over the Hudson River to help prevent another midair collision like the one that killed nine people Aug. 8.
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Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty as seen from the Hudson River in New York on September 11, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States. Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician Édouard René de Laboulaye, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the pedestal and the site. Bartholdi completed the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions. The arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and in New York's Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened owing to a lack of funds. Publisher Joseph Pulitzer of the World started a drive for donations to complete the project that attracted more than 120,000 contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe's Island. The statue's completion was marked by New York's first ticker-tape parade and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland. The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue, including the pedestal and base, is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning on October 29, 2011, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features can be installed; Liberty Island will remain open. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been prohibited for safety reasons since 1916.

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