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High gas prices are shown in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. To drive, or not to drive? This Memorial Day weekend, with surging gas prices that are redefining pain at the pump, that is the question for many Americans as a new COVID-19 surge also spreads across the country.
Americans are rethinking their holiday plans, some opting for a staycation in their backyard to limit the damage to their wallets.
Consumer spending rose by a healthy 0.9% from March to April, outpacing the month-to-month inflation rate for a fourth straight time.
Domestic airline fares for summer are averaging more than $400 a round trip, 24% higher than this time in 2019.

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  1. Duke Energy installed solar-powered batteries at  John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg. Here, Mike Lyman, with FC Solar, works to install the downspout on the gutter of the solar panels on Sept. 24, 2021.
  2. High gas prices are shown in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. To drive, or not to drive? This Memorial Day weekend, with surging gas prices that are redefining pain at the pump, that is the question for many Americans as a new COVID-19 surge also spreads across the country.
  3. Travelers queue up at the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport, Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Denver. Experts are expecting a flush of travelers at airports and on the nation's byways during the long Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of the summer travel season, in spite of high fuel costs.
  4. Gasoline prices are displayed outside a convenience store as a motorist drives by, Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Thornton, Colo. Experts are expecting a flush of travelers at airports and on the nation's byways during the long Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of the summer travel season, in spite of high fuel costs.
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  6. On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed bills lawmakers passed in a special session to try to deal with the property insurance crisis and to increase the safety of condos.
  7. Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco said Thursday that Tampa should study how Miami-Dade County has tackled rising rents. His idea gained unanimous approval.
  8. Regal will feature kid favorites such as “The Lego Movie” for $2 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. In the movie, Lego Batman is voiced by Will Arnett; Wyldstyle is voiced by Elizabeth Banks; and Emmet Brickowski is voiced by Chris Pratt.
  9. The Arts and Entertainment Residences in downtown Tampa broke ground on Thursday.
  10. The data startup company Manta announced it raised $35 million in Series B funding.
  11. Scientists say there is still a lot people can do to protect their families if there's a COVID-19 breakout at home, chief among them improving ventilation and filtration of the air.
  12. This Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, photo shows a Social Security card in Tigard, Ore. Social Security benefits are earned through your work history. To be eligible for benefits, you must work full time for 10 years, earning a maximum of four Social Security credits a year.
  13. Businesses and homes are pictured on State Road 674 in Wimauma in August 2020. Hillsborough County, consultants and community members are now studying how to help the downtown area prosper.
  14. The federal government won't say how many people have received potentially lifesaving COVID-19 drugs such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill or whether they’re being distributed equitably.
  15. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, bangs his gavel Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Legislators were there to work on property insurance reform.
  16. Part of the oceanfront Champlain Towers South condo, with more than 100 units, in Surfside, Florida, collapsed around 2 a.m. on June 24, 2021.
  17. A rendering shows 3 Daughters Brewing's new pub at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Announced in 2019, the bar and restaurant officially opened Wednesday.
  18. Casey Sanders of St. Petersburg works in the rain to load hurricane supplies into the trunk of his car in the parking lot at Winn-Dixie, 3327 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Floridians can save a few dollars on pet supplies as they stockpile other needs for the upcoming hurricane season.
  19. Citrus Park Town Center, formerly known as Westfield Citrus Park, is currently undergoing a makeover at a time when malls across America are changing to try to survive.
  20. Florida's weather and outdoor amenities, like St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, are part of what has attracted remote workers during the pandemic, according to a new survey by freelance marketplace Fiverr. Tampa Bay, Miami and Orlando all rank among the nation's fastest-growing markets for independent workers since 2016.
  21. Britney Spears supporters celebrate outside a hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge ended the conservatorship that has controlled Spears' life and money for nearly 14 years.
  22. Signs around Universal Studios in Orlando encourage guests to "skip the regular lines" with its Universal Express Pass, which starts at $79.99, to skip the line at most popular attractions at least one time. Theme park experts say line-cutting fees are becoming more of an issue as the busy vacation season approaches.
  23. It’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. use period-tracking apps to plan ahead, track when they are ovulating, and monitor other health effects. Many fear this data could be used against women if abortion becomes illegal.
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