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Gas prices creeping back up

The price of gasoline, which had been unusually stable in recent months, took a turn upward over the past week and could go even higher, AAA Mid-Atlantic reports.

The national average price of a gallon of regular gas hit $2.705 Moday, up 6 cents from a week ago. The Maryland average lagged the national figure by 3 cents, at $2.675.

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With the price of crude oil on world markets close to $80 a barrel, AAA is warning that prices could be on the way up.

Even with the recent uptick, gas prices remain remarkably stable. The Maryland average has remained between $2.47 and $2.72 since June -- a big break from the wild swings of previous years.

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