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April 1st, 2008
05:14 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

Oil executives were in the hot seat on Captiol Hill today.  Meanwhile, some truckers pulled off the roads today to protest rising diesel fuel prices.  In Georgia, a group of third-graders are accused of plotting to hurt their teacher.  And, in Indiana some students are happy to hear of a computer malfunction.  Here's your Afternoon Buzz:

Top Stories
Congress lays into oil executives 
Lawmakers grilled executives from the world's five largest publicly traded oil companies Tuesday, criticizing them for taking tax subsidies and not investing in renewable resources amid record prices for oil and gasoline.

Chertoff: Laws to waived for border fence 
The Department of Homeland Security will bypass environmental and land-management laws to build hundreds of miles of border fence between the United States and Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday.

Raw Politics
McCain's memories 
Sen. John McCain on Tuesday tried to connect with voters on a personal level by visiting his high school and sharing memories of what he called some of his happiest years.

Pelosi: Clinton-Obama race should 'run its course' 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a TV interview that aired Tuesday, said the protracted presidential race between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should be allowed to "run its course"

Crime & Punishment
Investigators: Hospital gunman shot wrong people 
A man who held a grudge against a worker at the hospital where his mother died shot and killed the wrong person, investigators testified, citing a confession to the slayings of three people.

Cops: Third-graders plotted attack against teacher 
A group of third-graders in Waycross, Georgia plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.

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Computer bug eats students grades 
A computer malfunction wiped out a month's worth of grades at three high schools and one middle school, giving struggling students a second chance but dismaying others.

The dog did it 
A police dog put a pickup truck into gear, injuring a woman on her way to the mailbox in an incident that has ended with a $300,000 settlement.

Truckers strike to protest fuel prices 
Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices.


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