Women runners, including eventual winner Melissa Moon (front row c.), of Wellington, New Zealand, start the 33rd Annual Empire State Building Run-up in New York City on Tuesday. Richard Drew/AP
Co-Handler Ben Hughes holds Punxsutawney Phil after the groundhog emerged from his burrow on Tuesday to forecast six more weeks of winter weather. Jason Cohn/Reuters
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Workers from British chocolate manufacturer Cadbury demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London against the sale of Cadbury to US food giant Kraft. Dominic Lipinski/AP
A masked Palestinian from the Popular Resistance Committee, a Hamas-allied militant group, participates in a press conference held in an orchard in Gaza City on Tuesday. Israeli police cordoned off beaches along a 25-mile area north of the Gaza Strip after two barrels carrying explosive devices washed up on Israeli shores. Khalil Hamra/AP
Laborers sort onions at a wholesale vegetable market in Siliguri, India, on Tuesday. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Ethan Chang smiles behind a cut-out of speedskater Apolo Ohno at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington, on Tuesday. Alaska Airlines provided the cut-out for travelers to take photos with in addition to stick-on mini-beards at the airport in support of Ohno's signature look ahead of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Elaine Thompson/AP
Japan's Mount Fuji, covered with snow and surrounded by a cloud, is seen from an airplane on Feb. 2. Mount Fuji, at 12,388 feet-high, is Japan's highest mountain. Toru Hanai/Reuters
Ximing Sun, from the Suzhou South China Conservation Base, holds a seven-week-old tiger cub after feeding it on Feb. 2. The endangered South China tiger is a species fully protected by the Chinese government, with none found so far remaining in the wild. Suzhou South China Conservation Base is one of the biggest of its kind in China with 15 tigers. Nir Elias/Reuters
Metal workers from the Italian factories of the US company Alcoa keep warm with a fire during a demonstration in front of the Italian Parliament in Rome on Tuesday. The workers are protesting against job cuts in the Sardinian plant, which produces aluminum for the multinational company. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi appealed to Alcoa on Friday to hold off temporarily idling its two smelters in Italy until the European Commission rules on electricity tariffs. Riccardo De Luca/AP
A worker stands on a steel bar at a construction site in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Feb. 2. Beawiharta/Reuters
A US soldier gives directions to an earthquake survivor carrying a bag of rice donated by the UN during a food distribution operation in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Some members of the New Orleans Saints dance with a reporter during media day for the NFL's Super Bowl XLIV on Tuesday in Miami, Fla. The Saints will face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Mark Humphrey/AP
ATF Explosive Detection dog, Darel, takes a rest after checking a car for explosives during a demonstration for reporters in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives showed how the dogs can detect even minute amounts of bomb compounds. Alan Diaz/AP
President Barack Obama uses his personal assistant Reggie Love's back to sign an autograph following a town hall meeting at Nashua High School in Nashua, N.H. on Tuesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
ByFabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.
In the provinces, protests turned deadly. The public prosecutor announced that 54-year-old Renzo Rodriguez was killed by a gunshot to the chest Monday at a protest in the plains state of Barinas. In the mountain town of Merida, state worker Jesus Sulbaran was fatally shot in the neck at a pro-government rally. In addition, five people were injured at the Merida protest, Venezuela ombudsman Tarek William Saab said.
The two killings raised to 23 the number of deaths linked to unrest that began almost a month ago over the Supreme Court's decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers.
The Caracas gathering was largely peaceful, though some protesters wrapped bandanas around their faces and threw stones at police, prompting state security forces to release a cloud of tear gas.
Juan Carlos Bautista passed the afternoon playing dominos.
"We want to be free. I'm here fighting for my children and my children's children," he said.
The current wave of protests is the most intense the economically struggling country has seen since two months of anti-government protests in 2014 that left dozens dead. But while those protests were led by young people who built flaming barricades in the street, this month's movement is attracting masses of older protesters, who say they are fighting not for themselves, but for the younger generations.
Protesters in at least a dozen other cities staged sit-ins, with some building barricades to stop traffic. In Caracas, protesters dragged concrete slabs, garbage and even a bathtub into the road. Retired professor Lisbeth Colina said she decided to participate in the sit-in for her grandchildren.