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They were born to run. Nestled in a remote mountain range in northern Mexico, the Tarahumaras got used to running to cope with long distances, scarcity and isolation. Self-trained, listening to their bodies and deeply connected to their lands, they can run for 5, 10 or 20 hours non-stop. Many of them start running at a young age, such as Miguel Lara, an ultramarathoner who encapsules how the sport can be linked to his people's history and closeness to the Earth. Local communities organize running competitions as part of their religious ceremonies.

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Nearly 73 million people in the United States are under extreme heat alerts as a heat wave moves eastward. The mid-Atlantic and New England are likely to see highs in the 90s as the week progresses. Excessive humidity will make it feel even more oppressive. The U.S. last year saw the most heat waves, consisting of abnormally hot weather lasting more than two days, since 1936. Officials again are warning residents to take precautions. Much of the Midwest and Northeast are under heat warnings or watches. While much of the U.S. swelters, late-season snow was forecast for the northern Rockies.

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The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. In a Monday opinion piece for The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social media is a contributing factor in the mental health crisis among young people. Murthy said that the use of just a warning label wouldn鈥檛 make social media safe for young people, but would be a part of the steps needed.

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Israeli officials say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the influential war Cabinet that was tasked with steering the war in Gaza. This comes a week after the departure from the government of Benny Gantz, an opposition lawmaker who had joined the coalition early in the war. He'd demanded that a small Cabinet be formed as a way to sideline far-right lawmakers in Netanyahu鈥檚 government. Gantz, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were its members and they made key decisions together throughout the war. The officials said on Monday that going forward, Netanyahu would hold smaller forums with some of his government members for sensitive issues.

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The periodical cicadas that have blanketed parts of the American Midwest this spring are strange creatures, but they have nothing on some of their superfans. There's the woman who has taken more than 4,600 photos of them in her backyard and treats them almost like children. There's the New York chef who collects them for cooking, including tempura cicada. There's the Wisconsin artist who incorporates the hardy insects into her work. But the capper might be a professor from Ohio who worked up a kind of cicada striptease that has her bursting out of a cardboard costume as a red-eyed, adult nymph.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated during testimony in federal court Monday that the league鈥檚 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 package, the subject of a class-action lawsuit, is a premium product while also defending the league鈥檚 broadcast model. Goodell was called as a witness by the NFL as the trial for the lawsuit filed by 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 subscribers entered its third week. The class-action covers 2.4 million residential subscribers and 48,000 businesses who paid for the package from 2011 through 2022. The lawsuit claims the league broke antitrust laws by selling its package of out-of-market Sunday afternoon games at an inflated price. The subscribers also say the league restricted competition by offering 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 only on a satellite provider.

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A federal judge has ruled that BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to a Native American tribe in Washington state. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled Monday that the company intentionally trespassed when it repeatedly ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the Swinomish Tribe's reservation. Lasnik initially ruled last year that the railway deliberately violated the terms of a 1991 easement with the tribe north of Seattle that allows trains to carry no more than 25 cars per day. The judge held a trial earlier this month to determine how much in profits BNSF made through trespassing and how much it should be required to disgorge.

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U.S. stocks rallied to more records as gains for technology companies keep pushing the market higher. The S&P 500 rose 0.8% Monday, beating the all-time high it set on Thursday. The Nasdaq composite climbed 1% to set a record of its own. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.5% but remains below its all-time high. Broadcom piled more onto its strong gains from last week and helped lift the market along with other technology companies benefiting from the frenzy around AI. They helped more than offset increased pressure on the stock market from higher Treasury yields in the bond market.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded his war Cabinet, consolidating his influence over the Israel-Hamas war and likely diminishing the odds of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip anytime soon. Netanyahu announced the step days after his chief political rival, Benny Gantz, withdrew from the three-member war Cabinet. Gantz, a retired general and member of parliament, was widely seen as a voice of moderation. Major wartime policies will now be solely decided by Netanyahu's security Cabinet 鈥 a larger body that is dominated by hard-liners who oppose the U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal and want to press ahead with the war.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dissolved the influential war Cabinet that has overseen the fighting in Gaza. The move comes days after a key member of the body bolted from the government over frustration with the Israeli leader鈥檚 handling of the war. The change was widely expected following the departure earlier this month of Benny Gantz, a centrist former military chief. Gantz鈥檚 absence from the government increases Netanyahu鈥檚 dependence on his ultra-nationalist allies, who oppose a cease-fire. That could pose an additional challenge to the already fragile negotiations to end the eight-month war in Gaza.

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Firefighters have increased containment of a large wildfire in mountains north of Los Angeles after a weekend of explosive growth along Interstate 5. The Post Fire is 8% surrounded Monday after scorching more than 24 square miles and forcing the evacuation of at least 1,200 peoples from a recreation area on Saturday. The fire broke out as weather turned hot and windy in a region where grasses spawned by a rainy winter have long since dried out and are ready to burn. Meanwhile in Northern California, a wildfire sparked Sunday near Lake Sonoma is 20% surrounded after charring nearly 2 square miles.

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The Tonys are often the most entertaining of awards shows, with Broadway performers showing their best work. Sunday鈥檚 show was no exception, with buzzy performances peppered with special appearances from the likes of Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton. As always, the Tonys crowned both beloved veterans and exciting newcomers, and had the added factor of making history for women. Female directors accounted for seven of 10 directing nods, including four of five best musical nominees. The night ended in surprise with a best musical win for 鈥淭he Outsiders,鈥 an adaptation of the classic young adult novel.

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Bryson DeChambeau is the U.S. Open champion for the second time. It was another thriller at Pinehurst No. 2 that came down to the last hole. He was tied with Rory McIlroy, who was in the group in front. McIlroy missed a 4-foot par putt to fall one shot behind. DeChambeau blasted out of a bunker from 55 yards away to 4 feet and made the par putt for a 71. It wasn't quite the famous putt of Payne Stewart in 1999 when he made par from 15 feet. But DeChambeau celebrated the second major for a LIV Golf player.

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The way the NFL can distribute its package of out-of-market games could be decided in federal court as the result of a class-action lawsuit. Subscribers to the NFL鈥檚 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 package are claiming the league broke antitrust laws by selling its package of out-of-market Sunday afternoon games airing on CBS and Fox at what the lawsuit says was an inflated price. The subscribers also claim the league restricted competition by offering 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 only on a satellite provider. The NFL maintains it has the right to sell 鈥淪unday Ticket鈥 under its antitrust exemption for broadcasting.

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There are a number of options available to help aging pets and their caregivers, including hospice and palliative care, at-home euthanasia and a growing community of so-called pet death doulas. But navigating decisions around the end of their life can still feel overwhelming. Here are some ways you can take care of your pet and yourself.

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The National Finals Rodeo extended its agreement to remain in Las Vegas through 2035 and will pay more than $264 million to the competitors and stock contractors. Las Vegas Events will contribute an additional $1.3 million this year and in 2025 as a signing bonus. The prize money for this year鈥檚 event from Dec. 5-14 will be more than $16.2 million and will be $17.5 million next year. The amount will then increase by $1 million each year through the life of the new contract.

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore has signed an executive order to issue more than 175,000 pardons for misdemeanor marijuana convictions. The governor described the pardons Monday as the 鈥渕ost sweeping state-level pardon in any state in American history.鈥 The pardons will not result in anyone being released from incarceration. And nor will they prompt past convictions to be automatically expunged from a person鈥檚 background check. But advocates praised the move as a way of removing barriers to housing, employment, or educational opportunities based on convictions for conduct that is no longer illegal.

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After months of conjecture about the fate of Francis Ford Coppola鈥檚 self-financed epic, 鈥淢egalopolis鈥 has finally found a home. Lionsgate will distribute 鈥淢egalopolis鈥 in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the studio announced Monday, ending one of the biggest acquisition dramas of the year. Coppola鈥檚 $120-million Roman epic set in a futuristic New York, will land in theaters, including IMAX screens, on Sept. 27. Coppola first privately screened 鈥淢egalopolis,鈥 his first film in 13 years, for potential buyers late March in Los Angeles. Word quickly filtered out about the unique nature of 鈥淢egalopolis,鈥 along with some skepticism over its financial potential. Last month, it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival where the film was met with mixed reviews but broad admiration for its daring.

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The deadly implosion of an experimental submersible en route to the deep-sea grave of the Titanic last June has not dulled the desire for ocean exploration. Tuesday marks one year since the Titan vanished on its way to the historic wreckage site. The U.S. Coast Guard quickly convened a high-level investigation into the disaster, but officials said no results will be released for at least another two months. The implosion killed the submersible's operator, Stockton Rush, and four others. Family, friends and fellow sea explorers plan to hold both public and private ceremonies this week to honor the victims.

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North Korean state media says Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit. Putin's first trip to the country in 24 years comes amid international concerns about the two countries' expanding military cooperation. Putin is expected to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks as they deepen their alignment in the face of separate, intensifying confrontations with Washington. North Korea鈥檚 official Korean Central 中文无码 Agency said Putin will visit the North on Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of Kim. North Korean state media didn鈥檛 immediately provide more details. Russia confirmed the visit in a simultaneous announcement. Putin also will visit Vietnam.

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Text, photos, videos and audio created using artificial intelligence are increasingly making their way into campaigns for state and local office. AI deepfakes that misrepresent candidates often can do more damage in those races because campaigns have fewer staffers and less money to combat them, and because they typically draw less scrutiny. Yet some local candidates see AI as a force for good and an equalizer against more powerful or well-financed candidates. They can use it for the more mundane aspects of running a campaign, which frees them up to meet voters and participate in more community events.

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Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run. The University of Utah Drug Information Service says total active shortages hit an all-time high of 323 earlier this year. That鈥檚 up 85% from a 10-year low of 174, at the end of 2017. There have been 48 new shortages recorded through March. Fox is associate chief pharmacy officer at University of Utah Health. She sees some positive news developing, thanks to growing interest from Congress in the subject.

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A rural Florida county is hoping a new $300 million airport will transform its economy and create more than 1,400 new, high-skilled jobs. But to make good on its promise, Hendry County's educators will have to overcome some harsh realities. A third of Hendry County鈥檚 working-age adults lack a high school diploma, while almost half speak a language other than English at home, among the highest in Florida. As the airport project pursues approval, community groups and schools are working to fill teacher shortages and making investments in adult education.

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Muslims in Asia are celebrating Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, one of the biggest holidays in the Islamic calendar. The occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim鈥檚 test of faith through slaughtering livestock and animals and distributing the meat to the poor. It鈥檚 a joyous occasion for which food is a hallmark where devout Muslims buy and slaughter animals and share two-thirds of the meat with the poor and it鈥檚 a revered observance that coincides with the final rites of the Hajj. The holiday was celebrated in much of Asia on Monday while Saudi Arabia and other places in the Middle East observed it Sunday. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, Eid al-Adha includes local traditions.

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The United States is bracing for chaotic weather this week, as the South is set to experience another heat wave following a short respite from searing temperatures earlier this month. The National Weather Service expects some areas to reach temperatures so high they鈥檒l hit new daily records. And it鈥檚 not just the U.S. Across the Northern Hemisphere, in Europe and Asia, extreme temperatures are causing deadly heatstroke and early wildfires before the start of astronomical summer.

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Russia and Ukraine are set to remain locked in battle for the foreseeable future after an international gathering billed as a first step toward peace delivered no eye-catching diplomatic breakthrough that might suggest a coming end to Europe鈥檚 biggest conflict since World War II. The absence of Russia and China from the two-day conference in Switzerland and the decision by some key countries 鈥 including India and Saudi Arabia 鈥 not to sign the meeting鈥檚 final document Sunday meant that the gathering had little to show beyond some goodwill and pledges to keep working for peace. Meanwhile, Ukraine is trying to hold on against a Russian onslaught in eastern parts of the country until its prospects improve.

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鈥淭he Outsiders鈥 became the essence of a Broadway insider on Sunday as the gritty adaptation of the classic American young adult novel won the Tony Award for best new musical. Sunday night also saw theater history made for women as Broadway directors and score writers. Danya Taymor won a directing award for 鈥淭he Outsiders.鈥 Then Shaina Taub won for best score, for 鈥淪uffs.鈥 鈥淪tereophonic鈥 took home best play, and 鈥淎ppropriate鈥 best play revival. The musical of 鈥淢errily We Roll Along鈥 also won big, nabbing the revival award as well as trophies for Daniel Radcliffe and Jonathan Groff. The night included surprise appearances from Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton.

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Israeli airstrikes are eradicating entire Palestinian families in Gaza, sometimes generations at a time, to a degree never seen before in previous conflicts there. An Associated Press investigation identified at least 60 Palestinian families where at least 25 people were killed between October and December. Several families have almost no one left to document the toll. It was the deadliest and聽most destructive period of the war. Israel says it takes measures to mitigate against civilian deaths. The International Court of Justice is considering whether Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. The killing of families across generations is a key part of the case.

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China has been at odds with many other countries in the Asia-Pacific for years over its sweeping maritime claims, including almost all of the South China Sea, a strategic and resource-rich waterway. Beijing is in the midst of a massive military expansion and has become increasingly assertive in pursuing its claims, giving rise to more frequent direct confrontations, primarily with the Philippines, though it is also involved in longtime territorial disputes with Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. In the latest incident, a Chinese vessel and a Philippine supply ship collided near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday.

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Dozens of families have lost 25 or more of their members in Israeli strikes in the first three months of the Gaza war. AP identified 60 families and analyzed 10 strikes that were among the deadliest between October and December. To look at how these families were killed, sometimes four generations in the same strike, AP analyzed 10 strikes across the Gaza Strip between October and December that killed over 500 people. Talking to analysts, witnesses and verifying available online visuals, AP found the strikes hit residential buildings and shelters with families inside. In no case was there an obvious military target or direct warning to those inside, and in one case the family said they had raised a white flag on their building.

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Strong winds are pushing flames from a wildfire through dry brush in mountains along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles. Officials on Sunday warned residents in the fire鈥檚 path to be prepared to leave if the blaze explodes in size again. LA County鈥檚 first major wildfire of the year swiftly grew to nearly 23 square miles, one day after it forced the evacuation of at least 1,200 campers, off-roaders and hikers from a recreation area. The blaze, dubbed the Post Fire, was just 2% contained. In Northern California, a small wildfire prompted evacuation orders in a sparsely populated area near Lake Sonoma.

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Since calling a general election for July 4, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been at pains to repeat a key message on the campaign trail: The economy is turning a corner. Inflation is down. Things are looking up. But that鈥檚 not the reality for millions across the U.K. still feeling the squeeze from high food, energy and housing prices. The persistent cost-of-living crisis is a top concern for voters in the parliamentary election. While Sunak鈥檚 Conservatives are widely expected to lose after 14 years in power, the dire state of the economy and a deep disillusionment with politics and politicians means that the prevailing mood ahead of the election is one of malaise. There isn't much excitement or hope for change, even if the opposition Labour Party wins.

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Jeremy Strong won the Tony Award for best actor in a play for his work on the revival of 鈥淎n Enemy of the People鈥 and Daniel Radcliffe won a featured actor trophy for his revival of 鈥淢errily We Roll Along.鈥 鈥淪uffs鈥 won best book of a musical and best score. The best choreography award went to Justin Peck for 鈥淚llinoise鈥 and David Zinn's work on 鈥淪tereophonic鈥 won best scenic design of a play. 鈥淎ppropriate鈥 was named best revival of a play and Sarah Paulson in 鈥淎ppropriate鈥 got the best lead actress in a play Tony.

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The Israeli military says it is pausing fighting during daytime hours along a route in southern Gaza to free up a backlog of humanitarian aid deliveries for desperate Palestinians. The army says the daily pause from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. will continue until further notice. It should allow aid trucks to reach the Israel-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing and travel safely to a north-south highway to deliver supplies to other parts of Gaza. The United Nations says it welcomes the move but adds that no aid has left Kerem Shalom on Sunday.

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Extreme weather that ranged from triple digit temperatures in the Southwest to unseasonable cold in the Pacific Northwest was forecast over the U.S. into the early week. Mushy late season snow was headed to the Rocky Mountains and severe thunderstorms were developing from the northern Plains to the upper Midwest. More rain was anticipated in southern Florida, even as flood waters continue to recede there after days of intense rainfall. A fresh batch of tropical moisture will reach the central Gulf Coast in several days and shift toward the Gulf Coast by Tuesday.

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Masses of pilgrims have embarked on a symbolic stoning of the devil in Saudi Arabia, marking the final days of Hajj pilgrimage and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world. It came a day after the pilgrims congregated on a sacred hill in Mount Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca. The ritual on Saturday at Mount Arafat was considered the peak of the Hajj. Hajj is one of the largest religious gatherings on earth. It officially started Friday when pilgrims moved from Mecca鈥檚 Grand Mosque to Mina, a desert plain just outside the city. Saudi authorities expect that the number of pilgrims this year would exceed 2 million.