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Following long drop, gas prices rise for second week

6:12 AM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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After a long tumble, gasoline prices have risen for the second straight week as the summer driving season heads to its peak.

Regular gas prices averaged $3.427 a gallon across the country in the latest weekly survey by the Energy Information Administration, up from $3.411 last week. Just two weeks ago they were $3.356 a gallon. But even at the latest survey level, they are still far from nearly hitting $4 a gallon in the spring.

In terms of regions, the most expensive place to buy gas continues to be California, where gas averaged $3.753, up two cents from the week before. The cheapest is the Gulf Coast, where a gallon is going for about $3.201 a gallon.

For the moment, lower gas prices take some political pressure off President Obama. But it's unclear whether they will stay down through the November election.

USA Today

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