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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn,) speaks during a We the People candidates forum in Manchester, N.H.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn,) speaks during a We the People candidates forum in Manchester, N.H. (JIM COLE / Associated Press)
Posted: May 01, 2011

Obama criticizes tax breaks for oil

WASHINGTON - President Obama reiterated his call Saturday to end billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil companies and instead invest in alternative-energy sources.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said the United States shouldn't be granting $4 billion in tax breaks to oil companies when they are reaping tens of billions of dollars in profit and gasoline prices have risen above $4 per gallon in much of the nation.

"While rising gas prices mean real pain for our families at the pump, they also mean bigger profits for oil companies," the president said. - Bloomberg News

Shooter a suspect in four slayings

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man killed in a shootout Saturday in central Ohio that left four people wounded, including three police officers, may be a suspect in the slayings of four people whose bodies were found about 90 miles away at a house along a rural state highway, authorities said.

Police were responding to two calls about shots fired into homes when an officer spotted and pursued a pickup matching a description given to police, Sgt. Rich Weiner said. The driver crashed in a residential area, fired at the officer, and ran off, evading authorities for more than 10 minutes before a shootout erupted about 11 a.m., Weiner said.

Officers learned later that Roberts might be a suspect in quadruple slayings near West Union, in southern Ohio's Adams County. - AP

Bachmann sees history in taxes

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) on Saturday described the loss of "economic liberty" that young Americans face today as a "flash point of history" in which the younger generation will ask what their elders did to stop it.

In a speech to New Hampshire Republicans, Bachmann recounted learning about a horrific time in history as a child - the Holocaust - and wondering whether her mother did anything to try to stop it. She said she was shocked to hear that many Americans weren't aware that millions of Jews had died until after World War II ended.

She said the next generation would ask similar questions about what their elders did to prevent them from facing a huge tax burden. - AP

University of Calif. seeking outsiders

SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California is looking for out-of-state solutions to its money problems.

Faced with sharp cuts in state funding, the 10-campus system is ramping up its campaign to recruit high-paying students from other states and countries, even as record numbers of California students seek a UC education.

For a second year, UC officials in April reported a significant increase in out-of-state and international students admitted for the coming fall term, with the biggest jumps at its most selective campuses in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

UC charges students from outside California nearly $35,000 in annual tuition, about three times what state residents pay. - AP

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