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United against speculation: Sen. Maria Cantwell talks with Ballard Oil Co. President Warren Aakervik Jr. after a news conference Monday in Seattle. Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray are blaming commodity speculators for pushing up the price of gasoline, and the two held a news conference with Aakervik and others to call for federal regulators to crack down on speculation. The AAA auto club reports the average price of gas in Washington is $3.92, nine cents higher than the national average.

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