US crude inventories soar, sending oil prices down (AP)

Haydar Al-Shukri, director of the Arkansas Earthquake Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, speaks with reporters, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, in Little Rock, Ark. Al-Shukri said Wednesday that a previously unknown fault near Marianna that lies dormant could reactivate, putting a major gas pipeline at risk in eastern Arkansas. (AP Photo/Mike Wintroath)AP – Oil prices tumbled Thursday after the government reported enormous builds of oil and gasoline at storage facilities, another manifestation of how badly the deteriorating economy has cut into energy demand.

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