Runners start the 115th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass. Stew Milne/AP
Max Martinez, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, tries to alert motorists on the final day to file taxes, in Cleveland. Tony Dejak/AP
Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya flashes the thumbs up after winning the men's division of the 115th Boston Marathon in Boston. Charles Krupa/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in a final preparation before the Passover holiday, in Jerusalem. All leavened food, such as bread, is forbidden to Jews during the week-long Passover holiday commemorating the Israelites' departure from Egypt. Oded Balilty/AP
Penitents from 'San Gonzalo' brotherhood wait to take part in a procession in Seville, southern Spain. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Russian police academy female cadets march during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russia celebrates the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
Runners gather at the athletes village prior to the 115th running of the Boston Marathon, in Hopkinton, Mass. Over 27,000 runners are registered for this year's race. Stew Milne/AP
Reflected in a puddle, laid-off Paterson Police Department officers march near city hall in Paterson, N.J. The layoffs of a quarter of the police force come after the city eliminated 392 municipal workers out of a workforce of nearly 2,000 to combat a $70 million budget deficit. Julio Cortez/AP
A Libyan rebel fighter holds an opposition flag on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya. Libya's fighting, which erupted two months ago, has reached a deadlock, with neither side able to gain a decisive advantage and the front line shifting back and forth across a stretch of desert near the eastern city of Ajdabiya. Ben Curtis/AP
Children join their mother who works in a wheat field at Vheety village, near Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
US Senator Scott Brown (R) of Mass. waves to the crowd after throwing out the first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston. Winslow Townson/AP
Wikie, a killer whale, swims with her calf in Marineland aquatic park in Antibes, southeastern France. Wikie, who was artificially inseminated at the aquatic park by a killer whale donor from San Diego, gave birth last month to a female calf after an 18-month period of gestation. Eric Gaillard/Reuters
North Korean magician Ri Thai Gum (c.) accepts applause from the audience at the end of his performance at the Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has unveiled a magic show, starring Ri Thai Gum and designed by a man dubbed the 'David Copperfield of North Korea' which will run for seven performances through early May. David Guttenfelder/AP
Morgan Barfeild carries her grandfather's WWll American flag across what is left of the her grandmother's home in Colerain, N.C., after a tornado ripped through the area on Saturday, April 16. Jim R. Bounds/AP
Air Force Academy's defensive back Reggie Rembert presents President Obama with a personalized jersey as head coach Troy Calhoun (r.) and running back Jared Tew (top l.) look on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, presenting the 2010 Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team. Charles Dharapak/AP
A Jordanian woman lights candles during a protest against the killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni outside the Italian Embassy in Amman, Jordan. Arrigoni was a pro-Palestinian activist killed by Al Qaeda sympathizers in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Ali Jarekji/Reuters
A participant of the International Partner Conference '25 years after Chernobyl' lights a candle in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia will mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl, the place where the world's worst civil nuclear accident took place on April 26. Vasily Fedosenko/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.