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Anderson Cooper named AU's 'Wonk of the Year'

WASHINGTON (AP) - CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has been named American University's "Wonk of the Year."

The university created the award last year to honor what it calls "someone smart, passionate, focus and engaged, who uses their knowledge and influence to create meaningful change." The inaugural winner was former president Bill Clinton.

The university's Kennedy Political Union presented Cooper with the award on Saturday night. The group's student director, Chandler Thornton, says Cooper "is a true innovator in the world of broadcast journalism."

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.



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.

Woman's 5-year battle with social media stalker

MEDINA, Ohio (WKYC) -- Parents, how many Facebook friends does your teen have? Or a better question is, how many do they actually know?

It's something a local woman wished she had considered more carefully in high school.

Allyssa Griffiths joined Facebook in 2007, when she was a student at Medina High School. Like many teens, she embraced the site with endless social possibilities.

"We posted a lot of pictures; you know, football games, homecomings and graduation. Vacations. You know the common things that you like to put on when you are in high school," Allyssa said on the day we visited her at Kent State.

When it came to Facebook friend requests, Allyssa said she accepted most of them.

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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.

Georgetown offers classes to furloughed workers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgetown University is offering free classes to federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown.

This is the second round of classes the university is offering since the shutdown began on Oct. 1. The first round of classes filled up in a matter of days.

Georgetown says the classes are designed with government workers in mind. Topics have included management skills and social media. Each worker is limited to one class each.

The classes are offered through Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies.

16-year-old fights for global education for every child

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A year ago, a 15-year-old girl in Pakistan named Malala was shot by the Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai lived in Mingora, Swat. She was on her way back from school when a man approached the van (school bus) she was in and asked for her. When he figured out which girl was Malala, he shot her in the head at point blank range. He also injured two other girls next to her. 

Working as a correspondent in Pakistan at that time, I watched images of her unconsious body being pulled into the ambulance. The images were broadcasted on every local news station. With what seemed like a blink of an eye, she not only survived but was flown out of the country. We would not know at that time the impact this little girl will have on the world, for a cause that she had been campaigning for since she was 11. 

That cause is education.