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Statue of Liberty to reopen by July 4

Statue of Liberty to open to public

The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed to visitors since Hurricane Sandy struck in late October, will reopen by the Fourth of July holiday, federal officials said Tuesday. The statue, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, was not harmed by the storm, but several structures on the island were ruined. The interior of the statue had been closed for a year starting in 2011 and had been reopened only one day when the storm hit.

Grandmother is guilty of slaying

A suburban Detroit grandmother was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for killing her 17-year-old grandson during an argument last spring, as jurors rejected her claim that she shot him six times in self-defense. Sandra Layne, 75, of West Bloomfield Township cried quietly when she heard the verdict. She was also convicted of using a firearm during a felony and likely faces at least 14 years in prison.

Diana's gowns attract $1.2M

A collection of 10 of Princess Diana's most memorable evening gowns, including one she wore to a White House dinner where she danced with John Travolta, fetched $1.2 million at a London auction Tuesday. Diana wore the deep navy, figure-hugging velvet gown to a gala dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan, during her and Prince Charles' first joint state visit to the United States in 1985. It went for $362,000.

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