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Gasoline prices rise ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac and Labor Day

The price of gasoline in California and nationwide ticked up in the last week. Four states, including California, are back over the $4-a-gallon threshold.

Across the country, the price of a gallon of regular gas was at $3.75 on Monday, up from $3.72 a week earlier. Last month, a gallon cost $3.48, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

California’s average gas price is $4.13 a gallon, up from the week-ago price of nearly $4.12. The only state with more expensive gas was Hawaii, where a gallon hit $4.28 on Monday. Connecticut, Oregon and Washington are both dealing with $4-a-gallon pump prices or higher.

The AAA Fuel Gauge compiles its data from credit-card receipts from more than 100,000 U.S. retail outlets. Several large Gulf Coast refineries had to suspend operations amid Tropical Storm Isaac’s approach.

But rising prices – expected to be at record highs this weekend – won’t keep Southern Californians from traveling over the Labor Day holiday, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. Some 2.35 million Southland residents are set to hit the road over the long weekend, up 3.4% from last year.  

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