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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Drivers endure high gas prices despite U.S. oil boom

Vehicles pack a main road during rush hour in Beijing. China, which overtook the U.S. late last year as the world's largest oil importer, has the single biggest influence on global demand for fuels. China's consumption has risen 28 percent in five years, to 10.2 million barrels per day last year.