Nation reboots as government springs back to life

(AP) - Life has started to return to normal as the federal government sprang back to life after the 16-day partial shutdown came to a close.

Even the popular panda cam at the National Zoo was back online Thursday, though the zoo itself won't reopen until Friday.

Federal workers who were furloughed or worked without pay during the shutdown will get back pay in their next paychecks, which for most employees come Oct. 29.

National parks removed barriers and welcomed visitors again.

A Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokeswoman says returning employees face a backlog of work, particularly emails from people applying for permits.

The World War II Memorial became a flash point of anger and blame over the government shutdown. Now the memorial is calm and peaceful again.

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