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Air and space museum reopens after D.C. protests

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  • An unidentified protester looks for a personal item amid a pile of sleeping bags Sunday as Occupy DC demonstrators fill Freedom Plaza, in Washington.

      An unidentified protester looks for a personal item amid a pile of sleeping bags Sunday as Occupy DC demonstrators fill Freedom Plaza, in Washington.
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  • With the Washington Monument behind them, protesters, calling for the end of the Federal Reserve, march Sunday from the Occupy DC encampment in Federal Plaza to the Federal Reserve in Washington.

      With the Washington Monument behind them, protesters, calling for the end of the Federal Reserve, march Sunday from the Occupy DC encampment in Federal Plaza to the Federal Reserve in Washington.
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  • Protesters who are calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and are part of the Occupy DC movement burn a dollar bill Sunday in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington.

      Protesters who are calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and are part of the Occupy DC movement burn a dollar bill Sunday in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington.
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  • Olga Belinskaya of Washington, D.C. burns a $20 bill Sunday as protesters, who are calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and are part of the Occupy DC movement, demonstrate in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington.

      Olga Belinskaya of Washington, D.C. burns a $20 bill Sunday as protesters, who are calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and are part of the Occupy DC movement, demonstrate in front of the Federal Reserve in Washington.
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WASHINGTON -- The National Air and Space Museum was open for business and crowded with visitors a day after demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit.

Museum spokeswoman Isabel Lara said Sunday there were no changes to its security procedures.

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The museum closed early Saturday afternoon after security guards used pepper spray to repel more than 100 demonstrators who were told they could not enter the building while carrying signs. The spray sickened some.

The group that arrived at the museum Saturday included those taking part in the October 2011 Stop the Machine demonstration in the city's Freedom Plaza, which has an anti-war and anti-corporate greed message.

The demonstration was scheduled to wrap up Sunday, but U.S. Park Police say the permit for the protest technically runs through Monday.

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