Gas prices topped $5 a gallon at a station in Northwest Washington last week. The high prices, which have risen roughly 85 cents since the start of the year, are taking a toll on the economic recovery. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Gas prices topped $5 a gallon at a station in Northwest Washington last week. The high prices, which have risen roughly 85 cents since the start of the year, are taking a toll on the economic recovery. ASSOCIATED PRESS