Gas Prices Rise in California

    A man pumps gas into his vehicle at a gas station in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, on October 5, 2012 in California. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded what is believed to be the largest single-day increase today, its highest amount since July 12, 2008, rising 19.2 cents to $4.539 a gallon, according to the California News Service, with the average price increasing by more than 1 cent on each of the past seven days, including 8.8 cents on October 4 and 5.8 cents on October 3. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Now is not the time to buy a Hummer. The average price of gasoline in California rose to $4.65 on Sunday—84 cents higher than the national average. Gas prices in the state have been on the rise all week and jumped almost 20 cents to $4.49 on Friday, then continued increasing Saturday and Sunday. California often has gas shortages at this time of year, as refiners switch to fall gasoline blends to meet state pollution standards. But this year, rationing has caused gas stations to close pumps, created gas lines, and pushed prices above $5 in some areas of the state.

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