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Schumer urges Saudis to up oil production

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, called on the U.S. State Department to press Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production to offset any attempts by Iran to curtail oil supplies or disrupt world markets.

Schumer asked the State Department to seek "explicit commitments" from the Saudi government to make up for any losses of Iranian oil to the world market in light of Iran's decision to cut off oil exports to France and the U.K. and threats to expand such embargoes. He made the request in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"While Iran plays games with oil production to punish the international community for holding them accountable for their rush to develop nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia has the capacity to blunt Iran's influence by increasing its production levels to capacity," Schumer said in an emailed statement Sunday. "We can calm markets and lower gas prices, while at the same time curtailing Iranian influence, by increasing Saudi production."

Oil prices have been rising amid tensions over Iran's nuclear program.

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Child poverty rate still high despite drop

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A recent study shows fewer children in Washington are living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty. But the District of Columbia still holds a higher concentrated poverty rate than any state and ranks 10th-worst among large U.S. cities.

The new Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that about 33,000 children in the district live in neighborhoods where at least 30 percent of residents are below the poverty line.

That's an 11 percent drop from the 37,000 such children counted in 2000. However, nearly one-third of children in the district still live in concentrated poverty.

Jenny Reed of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute said that one of the reasons for the drop is higher-income people moving back into the city.


Quadruplets born amid tight security

MURRAY, Utah (AP) -- A Utah woman has given birth to quadruplets under tight security after a woman was accused of repeatedly trying to gain access to the family.

The Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune report 30-year-old Natalie Consolo, who lives in the Ogden area, is doing well after giving birth to three girls and one boy Saturday at Intermountain Medical Center.

Her husband, Anthony, says hospital security around the family was exceptionally tight because of what he describes as an "over-zealous" woman in her 60s who repeatedly tried to contact the family as recently as Friday.

He says the woman used four different names when trying to gain access to the hospital and was told by hospital staff Friday not to return.

In the past five years, four sets of quads have been born in Utah.


Suspect in death of biker arrested

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a motorcycle gang member, ending a months-long search for the victim's fellow Hells Angels member who has been wanted since the fatal shooting at a California funeral.

San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer says Steve Ruiz was taken into custody Saturday night at a motel in Fremont by members of the department's covert response unit.

The 38-year-old Ruiz had been the subject of a widespread manhunt since Steve Tausan was shot and killed during a funeral service for Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew at Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose on Oct. 15.

Police believe that Ruiz shot and killed Tausan when a fight broke out at the funeral.

The 52-year-old Tausan was one of 4,000 people attending services for Pettigrew, the president of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter, who was slain during a brawl with a rival biker gang on Sept. 23.