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British Memoirist Is Denied U.S. Entry is most certainly not short for British Memoirist Is Denied by U.S. Entry In the active form: (somebody) denies (something) (to somebody) (concealed tradition) denies (freedom) (to us). In the passive form: (something) is denied ((to) somebody) (by somebody) or (somebody) is denied ...
I cannot say much about the example you have posted, but I can say that be denied is perfectly normal. The one on the New York Times seems to be in wide use and doesn't seem unidiomatic at all. It's the passive form though. It means the person's visa was rejected and he was not permitted to enter the US.
Why headlines are the way they are is usually very simple: They need to be concise (there is limited space) They need to be catchy (make people want to read the article) There are two possible sentences that could have lead to this headline: The Government has asked about the safety of the northeast community. The Government has been asked about ...
Since Gabe is a small baby and thus does nothing, you need to bring in another subject to avoid passive voice. His parents, his mother, his doctors....
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