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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — High gasoline prices may keep North Carolina drivers close to home for Memorial Day weekend, unless they take into account that those numbers actually have dropped slightly since the first of the month.

AAA said Friday the price of regular, unleaded gas is about 20 cents lower per gallon than on May 6.

Drivers in Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro will find regular gas at approximately $3.65 per gallon. Beach and mountain areas have slightly higher prices, averaging about $3.80 per gallon.

Officials say the drop reflects a reduction of $10 per gallon in crude oil prices over the past three weeks.

AAA expects 35 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles over the holiday weekend, a 2 percent increase from last year.

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