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High gas prices are posted at a gas station in Encino, Calif., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation's largest oil refineries. In all, five separate investigations will be done to determine the cause and effects of the Monday night blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Gas prices blamed on refinery issues

NEW YORK -- A surprise surge in gasoline prices is taking some of the fun out of summer. The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1.


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