Mon, Apr 19, 2010 - Page 4 News List

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AGENCIES

■VENEZUELA

Fake surgeons arrested

Police have arrested a man and woman accused of impersonating plastic surgeons and providing women with silicon breast and buttock implants from an illegal clinic in an apartment. Reinaldo Henriquez was charged with aggravated fraud, while sidekick Hersi Rodriguez was accused of aiding and abetting him by recruiting clients and taking them to their surgery in the western city of Maracay, the attorney general’s office said. Henriquez, 26, and Rodriguez, 34, are beauticians who belonged to a gang called “The Silicons” and attracted customers with rock-bottom prices, local media reported. Police were tipped off by a former client and caught the suspects on April 12 in a raid of the apartment, which contained surgical equipment and a surgical table.

■UNITED STATES

Cold kills off pythons

An unseasonably cold winter in Florida may have taken care of what python hunters could not. Not a single python has been caught since the state started allowing hunters with special permits to track the snakes on state-managed lands around the Everglades. The season started March 8 and ended on Saturday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says cold weather is believed to have killed up to half of the pythons. They are a problem because they have few natural predators in Florida and are feeding on native wildlife, including endangered species. Officials say pet owners often free their snakes and reptiles when they get too big. They also think some Burmese pythons may have escaped from pet shops during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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