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Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty in Standoff With Police

The Statue of Liberty, a powerful symbol of US freedom and long a beacon to immigrants, was shut down Wednesday on Independence Day as a woman refused to leave its base in a lengthy standoff with police.

New York police assisted U.S. Park Police in removing the woman from the monument.

Local media first reported that demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump’s immigration policy protested there and that the woman was among the demonstrators.

But Rise and Resist NYC, which organized the protest, said the woman was not affiliated with the group.

At least seven people were arrested earlier for hanging a banner from …read more

[UPDATE] Police Confirm British Couple Poisoned By Same Nerve Agent As Russian Spy

Two people in England have been confirmed to have been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, the same chemical weapon that was used against an ex-Russian spy earlier this year, ABC News reports.British police at Scotland Yard confirmed that the mysterious agent that appears to have caused a couple in their 40s to become critically ill was Novichok. The couple collapsed at a residence in Amesbury four days ago, The Associated Press reported. The couple were found collapsed eight miles from Salisbury, where the former Russian spy and his daughter were found after being exposed to the same agent four …read more

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Ban Certain Sunscreens That Harm Coral Reefs

One-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have died off over the past three years and after growing awareness about sunscreen’s role in that destruction, Hawaii’s Governor David Ige signed legislation on Tuesday which makes Hawaii the first U.S. state to enact a ban on sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, according to CBS News. “This is just one small step toward protecting and restoring the resiliency of Hawaii’s reefs,” Ige said at a signing ceremony for the bill which will take effect in 2021. Ige also said the state would continue protecting coral reef through fighting invasive species, pollution from land …read more

Puerto Ricans Displaced by Hurricane Cleared to Stay in Temp Housing Through July 24    

A U.S. federal judge has extended by 20 days the housing aid program helping Puerto Ricans still unable to return home after last year’s Hurricane Maria damaged thousands of homes as well as the U.S. territory’s power grid.

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans were affected by Tuesday’s decision. They are living in motel rooms and other FEMA-provided housing, where their stay has been repeatedly extended while their homes remain uninhabitable.

The aid was supposed to end at midnight June 30, but it was extended to July 4 after a civil rights group filed a class action lawsuit arguing that withdrawal of the funding …read more