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Police temporarily closed streets around New York's Times Square at lunchtime on Wednesday but soon reopened the streets when a suspicious vehicle turned out to be harmless, Reuters reported.
A minivan left unattended with its lights on outside the Westin Hotel prompted the bomb scare, police stated.
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After closing off several blocks and examining the vehicle, police reopened traffic, according to witnesses present at the time.
Earlier this month, the Pakistani immigrant who tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square was sentenced to life in prison.
Faisal Shahzad, 31, came to court to tell Americans he felt no remorse
about his May 1 bombing attempt, and he sparred with US District Judge
Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.
Cedarbaum said her sentence was very important "to protect the public
from further crimes of this defendant and others who would seek to