National Briefs: Gasoline hits 14-month high

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps rose 3.07 cents in the past two weeks to $3.7225 a gallon, a 14-month high, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.

The survey covers the period ended May 2 and is based on information obtained at about 2,500 filling stations by the Camarillo, Calif.-based company.

Prices have been rising since a low Feb. 7 and are the highest since the company's March 8, 2013, survey, Lundberg said. The average is 17.678 cents higher than a year ago and up 37.66 cents since the Jan. 10 survey to start the year.

"This price increase is doomed to reverse itself now," Trilby Lundberg, the president of Lundberg Survey, said in a telephone interview Sunday. "With crude oil much lower and refineries running at very high rates producing refined product, that means more gasoline at lower prices."

Arrest in killing of 8-year-old

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police in Virginia on Saturday arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of killing a boy half his age, who family and neighbors said was killed trying to rescue his older sister from a sexual assault.

The Richmond Police Department did not identify the suspect, citing his age, but said he was charged with murder and strangulation. He is also suspected of attacking the girl, who family members said is 12 years old.

Her 8-year-old brother was remembered by hundreds of people at a candlelight vigil Saturday night. Amid tears and laughter brought on by positive memories, family and friends described the boy and his sister as an inseparable pair.

Ariz. rights center launches

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A new Tucson, Ariz.-based organization launched Saturday, hoping to address what its organizers call a "very serious human rights crisis on the border" as hundreds of illegal migrants perish in the Sonoran desert each year. Some bodies are never identified, and families of the missing can languish for years without word of their loved ones.

The Colibri Center for Human Rights, will help people find their loved ones and track information on the dead and missing and also aims to educate people on the high number of deaths and disappearances along the southern border through research and storytelling.

Biplane crash kills pilot

FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- A 77-year-old civilian pilot who had flown planes since he was a teenager was killed when he crashed his biplane Sunday while performing a low-to-the-ground stunt maneuver during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, authorities said.

The crash that killed Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay in his Stearman biplane happened on the second day of the two-day "Thunder Over Solano" air show, the first day of which attracted 85,000 spectators. The rest of Sunday's performance was canceled.

Powerade drops ingredient

NEW YORK -- Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo's Gatorade last year.

The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petition by a Mississippi teenager, Sarah Kavanagh, who questioned why it was being used in a drink marketed toward health-conscious athletes. The petition on noted that the ingredient is linked to a flame retardant and is not approved for use in Japan or the European Union.


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