Obama still considering tapping petroleum bank
The White House says President Obama is keeping open the option of tapping the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve if necessary.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney says no decision on whether to open the reserve has been made. Mr. Obama said earlier this year that a plan to open the reserve is ready and could happen quickly if he called for it.
The White House says the reserve is designed to deal with disruptions, not short-term fluctuations.
Conflict in Libya has accounted for the daily loss of 1.6 million barrels of oil from the market. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries unexpectedly decided Wednesday to leave its production levels unchanged, causing oil prices to jump.
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HOUSTON — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned 41 Wednesday, five months to the day after she was shot in the head in a shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people.
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