American Scene: Statue of Liberty reopens on 126th birthday Sunday

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NEW YORK — The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to the public Sunday, the U.S. landmark’s 126th anniversary.

The statue has been closed for renovation to its interior, although the public has been allowed to visit its Liberty Island grounds in New York Harbor.

The $30 million renovation that began last year included replacing the stairs to the crown and making them less steep. There are now 393 steps, instead of 354.

For the first time, visitors using wheelchairs will be able to visit one of the observation decks at the top of the pedestal. National Park Service spokeswoman Mindi Rambo said that is as high as it’s possible to provide wheelchair access while preserving the historic structure.

COLORADO

Prosecutors: Teen confesses in 10-year-old girl’s death

GOLDEN — A Colorado teenager has confessed in the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl and in a separate attack on a runner, prosecutors said Thursday.

The suspect, Austin Reed Sigg, 17, made his first court appearance Thursday in the death of Jessica Ridgeway and an assault on a 22-year-old female runner in May.

Authorities said Thursday they have “overwhelming” DNA evidence against the suspect.

The teen lived about a mile from Jessica, who disappeared Oct. 5.

NEW YORK

2nd arrest made in case linked to police officer’s death

HEMPSTEAD — A man was arrested on charges he assisted a suspect in the fatal shootings of a New York police officer and a carjacking victim, prosecutors said Thursday.

The announcement of the man’s arrest came the same day Darrell Fuller was ordered held without bail on murder and other charges in the deaths of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez and a New York City man gunned down during a carjacking.

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