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<p>The Statue of Liberty, closed since it was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October, received its first visitors just before 9 a.m. When it was struck last October, one of the world's most iconic sites had only been open a few days following a year of renovations.</p>

The Statue of Liberty, closed since it was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October, received its first visitors just before 9 a.m. When it was struck last October, one of the world's most iconic sites had only been open a few days following a year of renovations.

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Liberty Island reopens after Superstorm Sandy damage

Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.