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US price of gas steady at $2.91 per gallon

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. gas prices remained steady over the past two weeks and an analyst says the pump price may start to drop later this month.

Trilby Lundberg says the average price of regular-grade gas as of Friday was $2.91 per gallon.

In California, however, the average was $3.63 per gallon, up 3 cents from two weeks ago.

The price in the San Francisco Bay Area was even higher while the city with the lowest average was Jackson, Mississippi at $2.51 per gallon.

Doctors explore living organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Living organ donors make up a fraction of liver and kidney transplants. Some doctors aim to change that, exploring ways to lift barriers that can block otherwise willing people from giving.

One hurdle is economic, if donors can’t get paid time off to recuperate. A handful of transplants centers are testing whether reimbursing lost wages might help people who need a kidney transplant cut the wait with a living donor.

Living donation also often is considered the last resort rather than a first option. Some doctors say living donors open transplants to patients who’d otherwise never qualify.

Still, there’s an ethical debate about how high the chances of a successful transplant must be to justify the risk to an otherwise healthy donor.