Memorial Day holiday travel begins

HOUSTON (AP) - Millions of Americans are getting started today on their Memorial Day weekend trips.

Despite the struggling economy, the auto club AAA estimates 32.4 million people, or about one in 10 Americans, will travel over the holiday. That's up slightly from last year. Most people will drive.

While gasoline prices are rising again, experts say rest easy. The economic slack created by the recession all but guarantees prices won't spike the way they did last year.

Energy analyst Darin Newsom at DTN in Omaha, Neb., expects the
average price for regular unleaded to push $2.80 a gallon this summer. That's higher than many other forecasts.

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