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Huddled in the back of a café near the train station where a missile killed dozens of people nearly a year ago, Nastya takes slow, deliberate breaths to calm herself. Overnight, her neighborhood was bombed again, and she realized she just couldn’t take any more.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” scored the best second weekend ever for an animated movie in North American theaters with $87 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

As pandemic-related government aid programs end and inflation rises, nonprofits of all kinds are looking everywhere and trying everything to get volunteers. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau and AmeriCorps survey, formal volunteer participation dropped 7% between 2019 and 2021. That's the largest decrease the survey has recorded since a version of it started in 2002. It’s reached the point where the lack of volunteers strains the safety net that nonprofits provide to many of society’s most vulnerable. The largest drop between 2019 and 2021 in any state was Colorado at 16.1%. Hawaii. Wisconsin and Ohio also saw double-digit drops. Utah also saw a 8.8% drop, but still has the highest rate of volunteering in the country.

One sheriff's deputy died on his 44th birthday and two other law enforcement officers were injured after a shootout in west-central Minnesota on Saturday night that also killed the suspect in a domestic assault call. The Pope County Sheriff's office says the deputy died at the hospital after the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. in an apartment in Cyrus, Minnesota. Another deputy and a Starbuck police officer were also hurt but are expected to be OK. The sheriff's office says the man officers exchanged gunfire with also died. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting. The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association identified the deputy who died as Joshua Owen.

A Minnesota man dedicated to giving Muslim children a sense of belonging and pride is reaching children across the globe with a special “Ramadan Camp.” Amin Aaser is executive director of Noor Kids, based in Brooklyn Park. The camp is a free, daily online interactive program that offers games, stories, contests and prayers. Its goal is to help Muslim children connect with each other and understand the tenets and practices of the Islamic faith. Aaser says more than 90,000 families have signed up this year. The camp is a continuation of Aaser’s mission since 2012 to help Muslim children embrace their faith and feel accepted.


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