Tag: California

Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid baseball fever

BY DANICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye with even a top economist joining men going blond in support of the island’s baseball players who bleached their hair ahead of the World Baseball Classic. What began as a joke among team members playing in California has spread across the island in a trend that spiked Tuesday just hours after Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands in 11 innings to reach the championship game undefeated in the tournament, which is held every four years. Puerto Rico will...

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California dam water level drops after massive evacuation

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water levels dropped Monday at California’s Lake Oroville, stopping water from spilling over a massive dam’s potentially hazardous emergency spillway after authorities ordered the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people from towns lying below the lake. California Department of Water Resources officials are waiting for the light of dawn to inspect an erosion scar on the spillway at the Oroville Dam, the nation’s largest. The evacuations for people living below the lake were ordered Sunday after authorities warned that failure of the emergency spillway could send a 30-foot wall of water into the communities. The lake...

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DIY breast reconstruction: Device lets women do part at home

This might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home. It’s aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control – something cancer often takes away. More than 100,000 women each year in the United States have surgery to remove a cancerous breast, and many of them choose reconstruction with an implant. To make room for a permanent one, many of them get a tissue expander, a temporary pouch that is gradually enlarged with saline...

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Backpage.com CEO Arrested

Texas (KFXV) — A big bust in the Lone Star State against an accused sex trafficker. State agents raided the Dallas headquarters of adult classified ad portal Backpage.com arresting CEO Carl Ferrer today following allegations that adult and child sex-trafficking victims had been forced into prostitution through escort ads posted on the site. His defense attorney says Ferrer has agreed to be extradited to California and is looking forward to his day in...

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California wildfire brings destruction and uncertainty

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across more than 49 square miles of mountain and desert east of Los Angeles. Exactly how many, however, and to whom they belonged, remained uncertain. Firefighters were faced with the difficult task of tallying that damage while still battling the huge, unruly blaze amid hot, dry and gusty weather that was expected through Thursday evening. That left evacuees in a cruel limbo, forced to spend another night wondering whether anything they owned was still intact. They included Shawn Brady, who had been told...

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