Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post in this sun-baked corner of Venezuela earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble.
The incident was just one of numerous violent clashes that have flared in pockets around the country in recent weeks as Venezuelans wait for hours in long supermarket lines for basics like milk and rice. Shortages have made hunger a palpable concern for many Wayuu Indians who live here at the northern tip of Venezuela's 1,300-mile border with Colombia.
A former adviser to Gordon Brown has urged people to stock up on canned goods and bottled water as stock markets around the world slide.
Damian McBride appeared to suggest that the stock market dip could lead to civil disorder or other situations where it would be unreasonable for someone to leave the house.
"Advice on the looming crash, No.1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don't assume banks & cashpoints will be open, or bank cards will work," he tweeted.
Accepting large sums of money from the federal government often carries negative consequences. In 2009, North Carolina began borrowing federal money in order to extend unemployment insurance benefits. The amount owed by the Tar Heel State piled higher and higher until North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decided to take some proactive, bold steps regarding both debt and taxation. Now, those steps are yielding impressive and encouraging results. This week Governor McCrory announced that his state's $2.75 billion debt to the national government has been paid off (and, notably, $2.5 billion of that daunting sum was paid off during McCrory's time as governor). read more
"I think we're going to try to do something more radical," says Elon Musk, creator of Tesla Motors, whose charging stations will power your Tesla for free, forever. The Model III could be available in 2016, but more likely the middle or end of 2017. It's 20% lighter than the Model S and much cheaper. The $35,000 price tag slashes the $60,000+ price of the Model S.
While guest co-hosting The View on Tuesday, Kelly Osbourne made a questionable comment on Latinos. In an effort to respond to Donald Trump's controversial stance on immigration, Osbourne said, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?" She continued, "In the sense that ... you know what I mean? But I'm saying that in L.A., they always ..." The other co-hosts were taken aback and Rosie Perez said, "Latinos are not only." Osbourne cut her off and said, "No, I didn't mean it like that! Come on! I would never mean it like that! I'm not part of this argument." read more