L.A. gas prices top $4 a gallon

May 15, 2015 3:19 PM

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For the first time in nearly a year, Los Angeles motorists on average are now shelling out more than $4 for a gallon of gas. The average for regular has shot up 18 cents in the last week, a surge analysts attribute to a series of problems at the state’s refineries.

Following a February explosion, production still hasn’t returned to normal at Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Torrance refinery, said Allison Mac, an analyst with price tracking website GasBuddy. And in recent weeks, other refineries have trimmed output for planned and unplanned maintenance, she said.

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