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Oil Hits Record $100 a Barrel

Disruptions in Nigeria, Mexico stoke supply concerns

(Newser) - Crude oil prices jumped $4.02 today to push past $100 a barrel for the first time as Nigerian violence, disrupted Mexican exports, and the specter of dipping US stockpiles stoked supply fears in the face of ever-rising energy demands, CNNMoney reports. The previous record was $99.29, set November... More »

Nigerian Kidnappers Free Toddler

Girl in good health after 4 days in captivity

(Newser) - Four days after her terrifying abduction, a 3-year-old girl is back with her parents in southern Nigeria, "covered in mosquito bites" but otherwise OK, her father tells the BBC. Margaret Hill, who was snatched from a car at gunpoint on her way to school Thursday, was freed today and... More »

Kidnappers Threaten Toddler's Life

Nigerian officials launch talks with abductors of 3-year-old girl

(Newser) - Kidnappers in Nigeria have threatened to kill a 3-year-old girl unless her father takes her place, and negotiations for her release have begun. Margaret Hill's mother interrupted an interview today to join officials in bargaining for her safe return, Reuters reports, after recounting a chilling conversation in which an abductor... More »

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