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Venezuela orders long weekends to stave off power crisis

Public employees in Venezuela will take long weekends under the government's latest bid to ease a nationwide power crisis.

President Nicolas Maduro announced late Wednesday that he would sign a decree giving state workers Fridays off for 60 days — and he urged his compatriots to increase other efforts to save power, even recommending that women use their fingers rather than hairdryers to do their hair.

"I always think a woman looks better when she just runs her fingers through her hair and lets it dry naturally," he said. "It's just an idea I have."

Officials have been warning for weeks that the water level behind the nation's largest dam has...

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