Switzerland's four-man bobsled team piloted by Ivo Rueegg starts a training run at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, on Wednesday. Issei Kato/Reuters
Julia Mancuso of the US reacts in the finish area after her first run of the Women's Giant Slalom in Whistler, British Columbia. Earlier, Mancuso had to halt her first run after Lindsey Vonn crashed and was taken back up the course to start again. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Children of foreign workers dressed in costume sit together during a party celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim at a school in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday. Amir Cohen/Reuters
A clammer rakes for quahogs in the New Meadows Lake in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. 23. Scientists are sounding a warning that the New England shellfish industry faces a potential threat of widespread red tide outbreaks this spring and summer. Researchers say indicators are in place suggesting a significant regional bloom of the toxic algae that causes red tide. Pat Wellenbach/AP
Treo, an Labrador from the Military Working Dogs, poses with his Dickin Medal, after it was presented by Princess Alexandra (not shown) at the Imperial War Museum in London, on Wednesday. The British Lab, whose bomb-sniffing exploits helped save lives in Afghanistan, was decorated for canine courage in a ceremony at London's Imperial War Museum on Wednesday. Treo joins a group of animals honored over the year with a special award known as the Dickin medal, including 32 pigeons, three horses, and a cat. Sang Tan/AP
Cows walk through a tunnel as they transport sacks of mined rocks containing gold to be processed from an illegal traditional gold mine in Tatelu village, Indonesia, on Feb. 22. A group of miners consisting of five people could mine 30-60 grams a day. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters
President Barack Obama discusses the economy with Business Roundtable as they meet at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on Wednesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
A baby fur seal is seen among rocks at Foca Island in Piura, Peru. Fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, taking advantage of warmer seas, almost 900 miles from their normal habitat. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Afghan girls look at US soldier Private First Class Danny Comley during a patrol in Arghandab valley, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. Baz Ratner/Reuters
McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and Barcelona soccer player Thierry Henry go head-to-head at a launch event for the Reebok ZigTech training shoe in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 24. Ian Walton/Reuters
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.