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Obama pumps renewable energy

President Obama says one answer to high gasoline prices is to spend money developing renewable energy sources.

“That’s the key to helping families at the pump and reducing our dependence on foreign oil” in the long term, he said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.

Mr. Obama raises the issue of rising fuel prices during almost every public appearance and says that he understands the strain the higher costs are putting on some family budgets.

He announced last week during an event in Reno, Nev., that the Justice Department will begin looking for cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets, even though Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. suggested a variety of legal reasons may be behind the surging gas prices.

As he has before, Mr. Obama said Saturday there is no “silver bullet” that will slash prices immediately. But he said there are things government can do to help make a difference in the long term. They also include boosting U.S. oil production, rooting out any illegal activity by traders and speculators and ending $4 billion in annual taxpayer subsidies to oil and gas companies.

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Giffords standing, focusing on gait

PHOENIX | Doctors say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can walk a little and is even trying to improve her gait. But the report Sunday in the Arizona Republic adds that the congresswoman herself is planning to “walk a mountain.”

Mrs. Giffords uses her left side and has begun making limited use of her right arm and leg, a common effect of a bullet wound on the left side of the brain, said Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at Houston’s TIRR Memorial Hermann who works with Mrs. Giffords daily.

“Her left side is perfect,” said Pia Carusone, her legislative chief of staff. “She can do whatever you can do.”

She said that even in her wheelchair Mrs. Giffords has stringent posture: tall, tight, strong - like always.

Nurse Kristy Poteet said Mrs. Giffords pushes a cart up and down the hospital halls as therapy, focusing on using the correct muscles. More therapy comes from bowling and indoor golf.

The Republic report - containing interviews over the past few days with her husband, doctors and others close to her - gives the latest picture of her recovery 15 weeks after a gunman opened fire in a Tucson parking lot, killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Mrs. Giffords.

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