National briefs: Calif. gas price record
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LOS ANGELES -- California motorists faced another day of record-breaking gasoline prices Sunday, though relief appeared to be on the way.
In its latest update early Sunday, AAA reported that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $4.655. Saturday's average of $4.6140 surpassed the previous high of $4.6096, set June 19, 2008.
The four-penny-per-gallon jump Sunday was less than Saturday's increase, which was 12 cents.
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state smog regulators Sunday to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to help drive prices down. Winter-blend gas typically isn't sold until after Oct. 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers.
DALLAS -- The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations rose 0.37 cent in the past two weeks to $3.8375 a gallon, according to Lundberg Survey Inc.
The survey covers the period ended Oct. 5 and is based on information obtained from about 2,500 stations by the Camarillo, Calif.-based company. The average is up 41.83 cents from a year earlier. Gasoline is 12.96 cents below the year-to-date high of $3.9671 on April 6.
"Most cities outside of California saw a decline of between 2 and 15 cents," Trilby Lundberg, president of Lundberg Survey, said in a telephone interview.
Oil may decline next week as U.S. crude production increases and as global economic weakness reduces fuel consumption, a Bloomberg survey showed.
ATLANTA -- The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.
The New England Compounding Center announced the recall Saturday. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.
The Food and Drug Administration had previously told health professionals not to use any products distributed by the center.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Classmates and friends are questioning why a police officer fatally shot a University of South Alabama freshman who was naked.
Campus officials didn't give any indication that Gil Collar, 18, of Wetumpka had a weapon when he was shot. A university spokesman said he was fatally wounded about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after an officer heard a bang on a headquarters window and went outside to investigate.
The student assumed a "fighting stance" and chased an officer before being shot. The officer tried to retreat numerous times to defuse the situation before opening fire, the school said.
PHOENIX -- The head of the Border Patrol agents union says the agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire.
National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said Sunday that the two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated. He says they arrived from different directions early Tuesday when Agent Nicholas Ivie opened fire.
The shooting happened a few miles north of the border with Mexico, in a well-known smuggling area.
First Published October 8, 2012 12:00 am