- - Sunday, June 24, 2012

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 15 cents over the past two weeks, according to Sunday’s Lundberg Survey of fuel prices, which puts the price of a gallon of regular at $3.48.

Midgrade costs an average of $3.65 a gallon, and premium is at $3.77.

Diesel dropped 13 cents to $3.78 a gallon.

Of the cities surveyed in the lower 48 states, Jackson, Miss., has the nation’s lowest average price for gas at $3.03. San Francisco has the highest at $3.95.

TOURISM

Israel looks for boost in visitors from India

JERUSALEM — Israel’s tourism minister says he is looking to India for a big boost in visits to his country.

Stas Misezhnikov said Sunday that some 40,000 Indians visited Israel last year. While that’s a small percentage of the roughly 3 million tourists Israel gets each year, it’s double the amount of just two years ago.

Mr. Misezhnikov said he can bring that figure to 100,000 in three years.

At a news conference with his Indian counterpart, Mr. Misezhnikov said Israel will open new flights to destinations in India such as New Delhi, Goa and Kolkata. The Israeli Tourism Ministry also plans to open an office in Mumbai this year.

Mr. Misezhnikov and Indian Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai signed an agreement to encourage travel between their countries.

India is a popular destination for Israelis.

EUROPE

Central bank group says crisis fixes still necessary

FRANKFURT, Germany — Governments, banks and households struggling with too much debt are dragging down the world’s economy and more needs to be done to make the banking system safer, a global organization of central banks warned Sunday.

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