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Briefs: Gas prices still going up

Feb 28, 2011 8:24:00 PM - thestate.com
Gas prices are continuing to rise in South Carolina and across the nation even as oil prices are falling amid signs the disruption to exports from Libya is easing. Gas prices in Columbia rose 26 cents Monday from a week ago and 23 cents statewide, according to AAA. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the U.S. rose 8 cents over the weekend to about $3.37. On Monday, oil dropped on reports that a tanker bound for China was loading oil in the Libyan port of Tobruk and Saudi Arabia was boosting exports.

Taco Bell defends its filling

Taco Bell is taking its campaign to battle damage to its image from a lawsuit questioning its taco filling to television. The $3 million television ad campaign runs this week. It follows full-page ads last month in national newspapers that made a splash with the headline “Thank you for suing us.” The Alabama law firm that filed the lawsuit last month has said its testing showed the filling was made of only 35 percent beef and therefore couldn’t be called “beef.” Taco Bell has repeatedly said the claim is false. In the commercials, Taco Bell employees talk about the filling and direct customers who want to know more about what’s in it to the company’s Web site. They don’t mention the lawsuit but emphasize the company’s message that the filling is 88 percent beef and 12 percent “signature recipe,” seasonings and other ingredients. They also promote a weeklong deal for an 88-cent Crunchwrap Supreme, which regularly costs $2.39.

American Airlines fined over fees

The government fined American Airlines for failing to tell passengers it would cost up to $30 to redeem vouchers they got for giving up seats on oversold flights. American stopped charging the fees late last year. It agreed to pay half the $90,000 fine, and the other half will be waived if the airline complies with federal rules on the vouchers for one year. American issues about 250 such vouchers every day. The Transportation Department said Monday it’s the first time the government has fined an airline for failing to disclose fees to use the vouchers.

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