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All winning DC Lottery tickets can be redeemed again

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Good news for anyone who is holding on to a winning DC Lottery ticket: The DC Lottery has resumed normal business operations.

You may remember that during the government shutdown D.C. lottery officials weren't making any large payouts for winning tickets. Earlier this week, one gas station owner cashed out some of his customers' prizes with money out of his own pocket, as long as their winning tickets were under $600. He told us he wasn't allowed to cash out any winnings over $600 and scratch off tickets.

One man came to the gas station after he found out he had won $2,500 in cash prizes. He was told, however, that he would have to wait until the government shutdown was over. He can now collect his prize.

THE HAY-ADAMS PRESENTS A FALL WINE DINNER WITH BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARD

THE HAY-ADAMS PRESENTS A FALL WINE DINNER WITH BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARD

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.

Suspect arrested in slaying of Howard student

WASHINGTON (AP) - DC Police say they have arrested a man in the fatal shooting of a Howard University student over the summer.

Twenty-six-year-old Rasdavid Lagarde of Washington was arrested about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree felony murder while armed in the death of 22-year-old Omar Sykes.

Police say Sykes was shot about 11:30 p.m. July 4 near the northwest Washington campus. Sykes and another student were walking when they were approached by two men, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot Sykes.

The other student was beaten but survived.

Officers say in July that the crime was an apparently random robbery attempt.

Taste of DC to close part of Pennsylvania Ave.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A section of Pennsylvania Avenue will be shut down this weekend for "Taste of DC."

The event is being held Saturday and Sunday, and attendees will be able to sample food from more than 50 city restaurants. On Saturday, the event will include the third annual Ben's Chili Bowl's World Chili Eating Championship. On Sunday, BGR The Burger Joint will host the first ever burger eating competition at Taste of DC. Three teams of four will face off in trying to eat a nine-pound burger patty piled with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and pickles. The burger weighs more than 15 pounds. The team that finishes first or who has eaten the most after nine minutes wins.

Adult tickets cost $10. Samples from restaurants are extra.

PHOTOS of 2012 Taste of DC: 

Va. man receives $200 parking ticket, but it's not his car

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Only on 9, one of the most outrageous parking tickets we've ever seen.

A Virginia man has spent the better part of this year fighting a ticket and subsequent fine for something he insists was incorrectly issued.

And he's now turning to some pretty drastic measures.

"I spent 20 years fighting for this country, its Constitution and the laws and I'm being held guilty until I prove myself innocent," said Arlington resident Walt Edwards, an Air Force veteran who is understandably exasperated. "And they won't listen to anything I say."

"They" is the DC Department of Motor Vehicles who mailed Walt his first ticket in his 54 years of driving--ironically for an infraction he insists he did NOT commit.

"My vehicle has not been in the District of Columbia for 12 years. It was parked right here on Sunday afternoon, the 27th of January," he said.

Police search for suspect in sexual assault and robbery case

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are searching for a suspect in connection to a sexual assault and robbery incident in DC.

It happened on Sunday around 3:00 a.m. in the area of 10th and Quebec Street, NW. A victim was approached by an unknown man who put his arms around her neck and forced her to the ground. He also stole many of her personal belongings, officials said. 

Police are describing the suspect as having a medium build, 5'8" to 5'9" in height, wearing a black or blue hoodie and blue jeans. Anyone with information is advised to call 202-727-9099. 

2 dogs, 2 cats were victims of animal cruelty in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Humane Society (WHS) Humane Law Enforcement team responded to four separate incidents of animal cruelty in 2 days. 

The team responded to a white female pit bull type breed who was in critical condition, suffering from severe bite wounds. She was found on the 4300 Block of Gorman Terrace SE. Though the dog was taken to the hospital immediately, she had to euthanized due to the extent of her wounds. The next day, the team responded to a severely injured brindle and white male pit bull type around the  602 46th Place SE. This dog was suffering from several bite wounds as well, officials said.

The same day, the team responded to a report of a cat who had died at the 600 Block of 46th Place SE.  They also found a brown/black tiger striped cat with severe blunt trauma to the face and jaw in the same area.  The cat was euthanized due to the extent of its injuries, officials said.