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Gas at $4 in nation's capital, 5 states; NY next

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Drivers in Washington, D.C., on Saturday joined motorists in five states who are paying more than $4 per gallon for gasoline.

The average price for gas in New York could top $4 by early next week.

According to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Illinois and Connecticut already have pump prices above that mark.

Hawaii has the highest price in the U.S. at $4.47 per gallon.

The national average for gas has increased for 25 straight days, and is now $3.82 per gallon.

Retail surveys suggest motorists are reacting to higher prices now by buying less fuel. Still, the government expects pump prices to keep climbing this summer as vacationers take to the highways.

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