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Visitors to the Statue of Liberty were evacuated from Liberty Island in New York Harbor on Friday after a report of a suspicious package, the United States Park Police said, and law enforcement officials are investigating the site. The New York Police Department's bomb squad is assisting in the security sweep of one of the New York area's most popular tourist destinations, a NYPD spokesman said. The evacuation was ordered after a telephone bomb threat and police dogs detected a suspicious scent on a package, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing park police. Sergeant Lelani Woods of the U.S. Park Police said she could not confirm that anyone phoned in a bomb threat.
A man was killed in an accident at a midtown Manhattan construction site, a spokesman for the Fire Department of New York said on Friday, and inspectors from the city's building department are investigating. A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said an investigation was under way.
Louisiana State University (LSU) is exploring contingency plans in light of the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall which has resulted in proposed spending cuts, but has not declared "financial exigency", the institution said in a statement on Friday. LSU said that contrary to some media reports, it had not begun the process of filing for financial exigency, defined by the American Association of University Professors as a severe financial crisis that results in terminating tenured faculty appointments. LSU's president F. King Alexander "has not formally requested, nor has the LSU Board of Supervisors voted, to declare financial exigency," Duplessis said.
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stung by a court ruling ordering it to display a controversial ad from an anti-Muslim group on its buses, New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority may adopt a new policy that it said would let it ban the ad after all. According to a letter submitted on Friday to U.S. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan, the authority's board plans on April 29 to vote on a new policy allowing it to exclude "all advertisements of a political nature" from MTA property. In Friday's letter, MTA lawyer Peter Sistrom said it was "beyond dispute" that the state-run authority could convert its property into a "limited public forum" that banned political ads, and moot the American Freedom Defense Initiative's case. "The notion that the MTA can moot a constitutional violation by changing its policy after the fact and wishing away the violation is absurd," said David Yerushalmi, a lawyer for the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in an email.
BOSTON (AP) — Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city's public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn't mean much unless service improved going forward.