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California gas prices soar higher than Chicago average

Vehicles line up to get gas at the Costco gas station in Burbank on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.
October 5, 2012 11:54:25 AM PDT
Chicago drivers are no longer paying the most fill up. That honor now belongs to California, where the state average is around $4.49 for regular.

Some gas stations are selling it for nearly $6.

Overnight, prices jumped as much as 20 cents a gallon.

Recent refinery fires in California and pipeline problems are blamed for the spike.

California reserves have also hit a 10-year low, forcing some stations to shut down their pumps.

The national average for gas is about $3.79.

In the Chicago area, prices are hovering around $4 a gallon.


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