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US drivers get a break as gas prices begin summer slide

NEW YORK — Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving US drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July.

The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance.

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