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Cold US Winter Pushes Energy Costs Higher

Americans paid higher energy costs last month as they coped with an unusually cold winter in much of the United States. The government's Labor Department says consumer prices edged up just one-tenth of a percentage point in January, but the cost of electricity and fuels to heat homes surged. The monthly report said electricity prices rose 1.8 percent last month, the biggest increase in nearly four years. Natural gas prices jumped 3.6 percent and heating fuel by 3.7 percent. But for...

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