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Statue of Liberty Reopens amid Federal Shutdown

Statue of Liberty Reopens amid Federal Shutdown

(AP) Statue of Liberty reopens amid federal shutdown
By VERENA DOBNIK
Associated Press
NEW YORK
The Statue of Liberty has reopened to the public after the state agreed to shoulder the costs of running the site during the federal government shutdown.

Ferry trips from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty resumed Sunday morning, and eager visitors were already lining up.

New York state agreed last week to take over the daily costs of keeping it open, about $61,600 per day.

New York has 33 sites under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and they have been shut since Oct. 1. The sites include the statue and nearby Ellis Island, which remains closed for repairs since Superstorm Sandy last year.

Nearly 4 million people visited Lady Liberty in 2011, generating $174 million in economic activity, the park service said.

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