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Statue of Liberty to Close for a Year-Long Safety Renovation

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the Statue of Liberty will close on October 28 for a year-long, $27.25 million renovation. The upgrades will make the interior safer and more accessible, he said.

Code-compliant stairways will be installed, and electrical and fire suppression systems, elevators and bathrooms will all get an overhaul. The current staircases do not meet the newest fire codes, which dictate escape routes allowing the statue to be evacuated within two hours in case of an emergency.

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Why Was NY Bus Driver Fired for Helping Stranded Police Officers? [VIDEO]

A Long Island school bus driver who rescued three stranded police officers has been fired. The reason? His actions violated company policy.

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Glenn Beck Hosts Controversial "Restoring Honor" Rally At Lincoln Memorial
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Giddyup Glenn! Glenn Beck Moving To Texas

Glenn Beck is relocating his media empire to Texas.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes in New York

New York legislators passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state on Friday night, with the state Senate approving the bill to a cheering room before 11 p.m.

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Alec Baldwin Is Mulling a Run for Mayor of New York
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Alec Baldwin Is Mulling a Run for Mayor of New York

Before questionable Internet habits exposed the world to all of Anthony Weiner, the Congressman was considered the frontrunner in the upcoming 2013 New York City Mayoral race.

With Weiner's political future now very much in doubt, Alec Baldwin is let

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Dangerous cobra loose at New Yorks Bronx Zoo
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Dangerous Cobra Gets Loose at New York’s Bronx Zoo, Is Still Missing

A highly poisonous Egyptian cobra got loose this weekend at New York's Bronx Zoo, sending guests, zoo neighbors and zookeepers alike into a nervous tizzy. The 20 inch-long snake forced the zoo to shut down and stay closed through Sunday.

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