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Gas prices climbing toward $3 a gallon

After months of relative stability, gasoline prices now appear to be on their way up, with forecasts calling for $3-a-gallon fuel by this summer.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the average price of a gallon of regular gas reached $2.78 Friday but leveled off over the weekend. Today's price -- the highest in a year and a half-- is 6 cents more than a  week ago and are up 13 cents over the past month.

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Rising crude oil prices and a recovering economy are propelling the increase, and with the summer travel season approaching, the Oil Price Information Service is projecting that gasoline will hit the $3 mark between April and June.

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