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    Forty-one construction workers have been rescued from a collapsed tunnel in northern India where they had been stranded the last 17 days. The rescue on Tuesday was a happy ending to an ordeal that had gripped the country and required a massive rescue operation that overcame several setbacks. Locals, relatives and government officials erupted in joy and set off firecrackers as the elated workers walked out after receiving a brief checkup by doctors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to some of the rescued workers over the phone. He praised their courage and the rescue effort and said they were an inspiration to everyone.

      A person with knowledge of the talks says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is working on a deal to sell a majority stake in the NBA franchise to the family that runs the Las Vegas Sands casino company. The agreement would be in the valuation range of $3.5 billion and take weeks for the league to process. Cuban would retain control of basketball operations in the deal. The family of Miriam Adelson, widow of billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has announced it's selling $2 billion of her shares to buy an unspecified professional sports team.

        Hamas has freed 12 hostages and Israel has released 30 Palestinian prisoners on the fifth day of a fragile cease-fire in the Gaza war. Mediators are meeting in Qatar in hopes of extending the truce, which is due to end after one more exchange Wednesday night. Israel said 10 of its citizens and two Thai nationals were freed by Hamas and returned to Israel Tuesday evening. Soon after, Israel released the Palestinian prisoners. The truce has enabled humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza. The United States urged Israel to better protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza if it follows through on its promise to resume the war.

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        Sean Pattwell could be on his way out from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, less than two years after taking the job as executive director, sources familiar with the situation said.

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