‘We call it survival’: Venezuelans improvise solutions as blackout continues

With the crisis in its sixth day, neighbors are sharing generators, contraband supplies and skills for survival At a street corner in eastern Caracas, Rosa Elena stepped from her car and started picking handfuls of leaves from a modest tree growing at the roadside. This is neem, she said. Its high in sugar and great in a tea. Her interest was more than academic: Rosa Elena is diabetic, and when the lights went out in #sin luz she is collecting neem plants, high in sugar. pic.twitter.com/eJW65J2TAk petrol is practically free in Venezuela, due to government subsidies. But power cuts have put many pumps out of action, and fuel is hard to come by. It is illegal to fill jerry cans …

5 things to know for January 25: Shutdown, bank massacre, Venezuela, cruise ship air

(CNN)The FBI arrested longtime Trump associate Roger Stone early this morning in Florida. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) Welcome to Day 35 of the partial government shutdown. It’s also the day the 800,000 federal employees affected by it get a second paycheck that reads $0.00. (Hey, Wilbur Ross, that’s why furloughed workers are going to food banks.) Are the nation’s leaders any closer to ending it? Maybe. There’s talk the Trump administration might get behind a three-week stopgap funding bill to reopen the government while the White House and Congress hash …