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National Zoo reopens to visitors after shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after most furloughed federal employees went back to work, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is open to visitors again.

The zoo opened its gates Friday morning. Zoo director Dennis Kelly greeted visitors at the main gate. The zoo was closed for nearly 3 weeks because of the government shutdown.

The zoo's popular panda cam went back online Thursday. While giant panda Mei Xiang (may SHONG) and her unnamed, 8-week-old female cub are still not on public display, zoo visitors can see the cub's father, Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).

The cub's eyes have opened, and she can scoot around on her front legs.

The zoo is offering a 10 percent discount on food and merchandise through Sunday.

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Top 10 brunch spots in DC

(USA Today/10Best) -- There is something quite indulgent about a leisurely Sunday brunch -- especially if bottomless mimosas are one the menu. 

In Washington, DC, there are many restaurants where you can dine on your breakfast favorites late into Sunday afternoon, and sometimes on Saturday, too.

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Popular and pricey, brunch at The Lafayette is the best of the brunch, er, bunch. So, is the award-winning brunch menu at Seasons, one of the restaurants inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown. And the Tabard Inn's brunch is so popular reservations are booked two to three weeks in advance.

The best bargain brunch can be found at Masa 14 and Ambar Restaurant. These bottomless brunches cost $35 per person.

Panda cam LIVE after shutdown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- For the past 16 days, panda lovers have gone without their beloved National Zoo Giant Panda Cam thanks to the shutdown.

Now that the government is reopen, the panda cam is up and running again. The 15 different cams at the National Zoo require federal resources, primarily staff, to operate and were deemed non-essential during a shutdown. 

Zoo staff says the cub passed several developmental milestones since the cam went dark. 

She weighs 5 pounds, up from 3.07 pounds at her veterinary exam Sept. 26. She also has partially opened her eyes. Keepers noticed that her right eye had started to open Oct. 4. By Oct. 11 both her eyes had partially opened. Her ears are also fully open and she now reacts to the noises she hears in the panda house. 

Marine Corps Marathon: 'We are SO on'

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The 38th Marine Corps Marathon will be held as scheduled after being threatened by the government shutdown.

Director of the Marathon, Richard Nealis released the following statement:

A special thank you to MCM and MCM10K participants for your patience during the recent period of uncertainty. 

It is with great pleasure that the MCM can officially announce we are on. We are SO on. See you at the start line!

The Marathon is scheduled for next Sunday, October 27th. Because most of the course is on Federal land, the Marathon's organizers and participants were waiting anxiously for Congress to end the shutdown.


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The historic hotel will host a Wine Dinner with one of Virginia’s premier vineyards

The Hay-Adams, one of the world’s leading luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 24, 2013 it will host a Five-Course Wine Dinner in partnership with Barboursville Vineyard. The Hay-Adams Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, Jr. will pair signature Lafayette Restaurant dishes with Barboursville’s featured wines presented by Barboursville Winemaker Luca Paschina.

Updates on ticket scalping in D.C.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. officials confirmed that ticket scalping prohibition was left out after it's vending laws were re-introduced. 

Early this year, the city revamped its vending laws to include rules for food trucks. However, due to an oversight, the city left out the section which prohibits scalping. 

DC police tell WUSA9 that emergency legislation to put anti-scalping laws back on the books will be considered next month.

Malala receives standing ovations in D.C.

(USA TODAY) -- Washington welcomed Malala Yousafzai, 16, with a standing ovation at two events Friday.

Malala waved to the excited audience as she confidently walked down the steps of the World Bank Atrium for her public conversation with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Dressed in a traditional shalwar kameez, she spoke proudly of her campaign for education for all girls and boys, at times joking about how she and her brothers argue at home.

One year ago, Malala was shot at point-blank range in the head by the Taliban while on her way home from school. Two other girls were also injured in the incident.