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U.S. Reliance On Saudi Oil Is Growing Again

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, attends the Organization of Islamic Conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, attends the Organization of Islamic Conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency)

HOUSTON — The United States is increasing its dependence on oil from Saudi Arabia, raising its imports from the kingdom by more than 20 percent this year, even as fears of military conflict in the tinderbox Persian Gulf region grow.

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