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Gas prices hit highest point of year

The price at the gas pump this holiday season is up to the highest point of 2016, with the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline up five cents from last week, AAA Western and Central New York said.

The New York State average is $2.47 per gallon, up four cents from last week. A year ago, the state average was $2.24.

In Buffalo, the average price was $2.40, up two cents from last week.

This is the highest the New York State average has been all year as prices continue to rise because of tighter availability and an international deal that will cut production starting in January.

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