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Gas prices steady after onslaught from Hurricane Florence

Gas prices steady after onslaught from Hurricane Florence

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Hurricane Florence had little effect on gasoline prices because the storm didn't go near refineries or other energy infrastructure. The Carolinas and surrounding states also had an abundant supply of gasoline, analysts report, explaining the lack of a spike in prices. AAA reports that national prices remained steady at $ 2.85 on the week. Gasoline supplies in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast topped 66.7 million barrels, the highest level since March 2016. But actually delivering gasoline to gas stations in the hardest hit areas of North Carolina could be a short-term challenge. During the build-up to the hurricane, many drivers topped off their tanks, leaving some stations empty. "Gasoline stocks in the hurricane-impacted area are healthy, but delivery of gasoline will be ...
Inflation steady at 3% despite food cost rise

Inflation steady at 3% despite food cost rise

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The rate of inflation remained static at 3% in October - defying expectations of a rise among economists and policymakers at the Bank of England.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said rising food prices were largely offset by falling fuel costs last month.Forecasters had predicted an increase to at least 3.1% - a scenario that would have forced the Bank's governor to write to the Chancellor to explain why the Consumer Prices Index measure had exceeded 3%.Its inflation target is 2%. The Bank raised interest rates earlier this month to help tackle inflation in its belief the figure was to hit 3.2% in October.The ONS figures are likely to reinforce doubts among some economists on the wisdom of that rate hike, which has forced up many families' borrowing costs at a time when their spen...
Ready, steady, bake!!

Ready, steady, bake!!

Health
We know you’re glued to #GBBO as much as we are, but if you’re keen to add a certain nuttiness to your bakes then you’ll love these delicious recipes.Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese Banana BreadBy The Recipe CriticPrep Time - 15 MinsCook Time - 50 MinsTotal Time - 1 Hr, 5 MinsINGREDIENTSBANANA BREAD3 over-ripe bananas, mashed1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted3/4 cup granulated sugar1 egg, beaten1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup walnuts, choppedCINAMMON SWIRL1/3 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon ground cinnamonCREAM CHEESE CENTER4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature1/4 cup granulated sugar1 eggPREPARATIONBANANA LOAFPreheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside.In a large bowl mix mashed bananas, melted butter, 3
U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades

U.S. gas prices holding steady as summer fades

Business
Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. retail gasoline prices are holding relatively stable, with analysts offering competing perspectives on the trend ahead as the demand-heavy summer wanes.Motor club AAA reports a national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $ 2.35, relatively unchanged from last week, but more than 9 cents higher than one month ago.By region, the West Coast remains the most expensive market in the country. California is still holding just below $ 3 per gallon, though it still has the highest state average for the Lower 48. AAA in its weekly retail market report said gasoline inventories remain low for the region and demand pressures are on pace to increase because the path of totality for Monday's eclipse runs through several West Coast states.That tourist draw on...