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Gas stations in Washington state reprogrammed pumps in preparation for $10-a-gallon prices, as station owners anticipate running out of gas.

A spokesperson for the "76" gas station chain confirmed that its stations are reprogramming the pumps for $10-a-gallon gasoline as gas pumps run dry in the state. Only the well-off will be able to afford to fill up their cars.

Some Gas station owners in the state have already run out of gas this week.

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"Everything is pointing toward even higher prices. We are well on our way toward $5," said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates. Lipow told CNN that prices will rise higher by Memorial Day weekend.

The national average price of gasoline reached $4.57 on Wednesday. Some states in California are reporting prices of $5.98 on Wednesday, as the war rages on in Ukraine.

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The average price of gas a year ago was $3.04-a-gallon, and $2.41 during Donald Trump's final month in office.

Last weekend, the Biden administration reportedly cancelled a 1-million acre oil lease in Alaska.

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Democrats in several states have proposed $300 a month stimulus checks to help Americans struggling to pay for gas amid soaring gas prices.

A new bill proposed by three Democrats in California, Connecticut and Illinois proposes $300 a month stimulus checks to help some families.

Gas prices in California have hit $6 a gallon while some stations were charging $8 a gallon last week.

Gas in California is the highest in the nation currently. The average cost of gas in the nation is past $4.

Gas and oil prices remain volatile due to the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

"Americans are feeling the impact at the pump of Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine, and right now we must work together on commonsense policy solutions to ease the financial burden that my constituents are feeling," Thompson said in a press release on Wednesday.

"The Putin Price Hike is putting strain on our economy, and I am proud to be working with Reps. Larson and Underwood to introduce this legislation to provide middle-class Americans with monthly payments to ease the financial burden of this global crises."

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Karrueche Tran frowns as she pumps over $150 worth of fuel into her SUV at a gas station on the West Coast on Thursday.

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The "Claws" actress and other Californians are wary after Russia's invasion in Ukraine drove up gas prices in Los Angeles. One gas station in L.A. priced unleaded gasoline at $8 a gallon on Monday.

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Later, she grabbed a cup of coffee at Alfred's on Melrose Place while running errands.

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Karrueche was seen wearing an off-the-shoulder white cropped top, denim jeans and black boots while doing some shopping in West Hollywood.

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Karrueche, 33, is best known for dating singer-songwriter Chris Brown, 32, from 2011 until 2015 when she learned he fathered a daughter with her former friend Nia Guzman. Karrueche is also known for playing Virginia Loc on the TNT series Claws.

She became the first Asian Pacific American actress to win a daytime Emmy in 2021.

Karrueche is currently dating Migos rapper Quavo after breaking up with former football player Victor Cruz in January 2021.

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The national average gas price is holding steady at $4.32 per gallon. However, the West Coast has surpassed $7 a gallon at the pumps.

In Washington state, police warn motorists that criminals are using power tools to drill holes in tanks to steal gas. Car owners are left with huge repair bills.

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Now police cross the country are seeing a different type of gas theft. Rather than steal gas from cars, some thieves are going straight to the source.

According to ABC13 News, thieves use trap doors under vehicles to steal as much as 360 gallons per day from gas stations.

The manager of one gas station in Houston noticed he was losing hundreds of gallons of gas per day. He reviewed his surveillance video and observed an SUV parked over the underground gas tank cover.

The robbers then unlock the cover and vacuum the gas into containers inside the SUV.

The manager told ABC13 the thieves returned three days in a row. On the 4th day he chased them away.

Cases of felony theft from gas stations are occurring all around the country, including Georgia, Virginia and California.
 

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Gas prices average $5 in California and $4 per gallon nationwide since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Many states have seen gas prices spike 50 cents - the highest hike since 2008.

Crude oil prices are nearing $130 a barrel because of supply chain issues.

The news comes as White House advisers weigh sending Pres. Joe Biden to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil production.

White House officials are in Venezuela to meet with President Nicolás Maduro's advisers to plead for Venezuela's oil to replace Russia's oil.

The U.S. government is reportedly paying Russia $75 million per day for oil.

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On his first day in office, Biden shut down construction of the Keystone XL pipeline so the U.S. could purchase oil from Russia and the Middle East.

Construction on the Keystone XL pipeline began in the U.S. in 2012. The pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada to oil refineries in Illinois and Texas. It was only partly operational before Biden shut it down.

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Republicans renewed their criticism of the Biden administration for relying on foreign oil rather than our own domestic oil production.

Former Vice President Mike Pence called on Biden to restart construction on the Keystone pipeline as energy prices soar.

Analysts are warning Americans to prepare for $7 gas prices on the West Coast and $6 per gallon nationally.

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