|Gas prices rising|
Benchmark crude rose 82 cents to settle at $88.61 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At the pump, the US average price for a gallon of regular gas rose about half a cent to $2.98, almost three cents higher than a week ago and 37 cents above a year ago.
West Coast drivers pay the most, an average of $3.23 a gallon. The average is just over $3 in New England, while regular goes for about $2.90 in the Southeast.