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PHOENIX (AP) — The defiant message hangs under the Mexican bakery's Spanish-language sign in Phoenix's poorest neighborhood, rejecting the city's idea of progress: "4 LANES OR NO TRAIN." Similar placards are plastered along the proposed new leg of Phoenix's light-rail system, a plan that progressed quietly until some shop owners in the mostly Hispanic and black community complained that reducing car traffic from four to two lanes on the affected thoroughfare could hurt business. It was discussed for six years, and 55 percent of voters citywide — as well as 70 percent of voters in the two districts it would traverse — approved an initiative to help fund the 5.5-mile (8.9-kilometer) extension.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people's health and exacerbate climate change. Looming over the administration's proposal is the possibility that the state, which has become a key leader on climate change as Trump has moved to dismantle Obama-era environmental rules, could set its own separate fuel standard that could roil the auto industry. That's a change the federal government is trying to block.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California hearing on a proposal to roll back car-mileage standards (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Scores of people have spoken against the Trump administration's plan to roll back car-mileage standards at a hearing in California that ended earlier than expected. Officials at Monday's event in Fresno had initially predicted it could go late into the night. But the last speaker wrapped up late in the afternoon, and the hearing was adjourned a short time later. People who spoke expressed opposition to the mileage proposal, raising concerns it would exacerbate climate change and health problems that afflict California's Central Valley. The plan would freeze U.S.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man who saw an immense wildfire raging his way said he was prepared for the worst — and glad he defied evacuation orders so he could defend his home with just a sprinkler and garden hose. Bill Winney doubts his log home with a metal roof would have survived had he not aggressively watered the area around it for several days and then stood his ground as flames tore through the surrounding sagebrush Sunday. "It was pretty nasty, and then once it blew by, it was, 'OK, let's walk around and make sure everything's OK,' " Winney told The Associated Press by phone Monday. Most firefighters would say Winney's decision is a good example of what not to do when a wildfire is approaching.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas will soon have to find a way to go on without Celine Dion, who announced Monday that her concert residency will end next year. The Canadian music star took to social media to confirm that she will leave Caesars Palace in June 2019, a decision that brought "mixed emotions." "Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades," Dion said in a statement. "Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special." She also expressed gratitude to all the fans who have come to watch her over the years. Las Vegas has been home to her and her family since moving there in 2002.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire in western Wyoming (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A Wyoming man says he's glad he defied evacuation orders so that he could defend his home from a wildfire using just a sprinkler and garden hose. Bill Winney says he doubts his log home with a metal roof would have survived if he had not aggressively watered the area around it for several days and then stood his ground as flames tore through the surrounding sagebrush on Sunday. Winney said Monday things got intense for about 10 minutes at one point as flames roared past his home in a subdivision south of the community of Bondurant. But he says the worst he suffered was a cough and smoke odor inside his house.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary based on the date picked with a new online planning tool debuting next month. Disney World officials said Monday that prices at the resort's four theme parks will be tweaked next month so they're the same instead of Magic Kingdom having a higher price. Disney introduced flexible pricing at U.S. parks three years ago as an incentive for guests to visit during less busy times. Each month was divided into value, regular and peak days. Under the new plan, which debuts Oct. 16, prices will vary based on the particular day. Single-day tickets will range from $109 to $129, depending on how popular the day is expected to be.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — At the end of the 1991 movie "Thelma & Louise," the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff. One of cinema's most iconic endings wasn't filmed in the national park in Arizona, but not for lack of trying. "We didn't want to encourage people coming into the canyon doing what was done in the movie, so we declined it," said Maureen Oltrogge, a longtime spokeswoman for the national park who retired in 2014. Nevertheless, Oltrogge said at least two people took their own lives by driving over the rim of the Grand Canyon after the movie was released, thinking it was filmed there.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tax authorities say they have used surveillance drones in Greece for the first time to spot violations on Santorini, where tourists were allegedly being taken on boat tours of the island's sea-filled volcanic crater without getting receipts. Greece's Independent Authority for Public Revenue said Monday that the one-day operation last week involved surveillance of nine tour boats, and that the violations recorded in a follow-up inspection were worth 25,000 euros ($29,400) in lost revenue. In response to a request from The Associated Press, an authority official didn't provide further details. Tax authorities say they have increased inspections at holiday resorts over the summer this year.
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Rivers swelling with the floodwaters of former Hurricane Florence are threatening to swamp communities near the South Carolina coast, leaving thousands ready to evacuate. More than a week after Florence crashed into the Carolinas, dumping heavy rains, all that water is nearing the coast. Authorities in Georgetown County, South Carolina, said they have put as many as 8,000 people on alert for possible evacuations starting Monday in expectation of a "record event" of up to 10 feet (3 meters) floodwaters this week.
BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of coastal residents remained on edge Sunday, told they may need to leave their homes because rivers are still rising more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate ahead of a "record event" of up to 10 feet (3 meters) of flooding expected from heavy rains dumped by Florence, county spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said. She said flooding is expected to begin Tuesday near parts of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers and that people in potential flood zones should plan to leave their homes Monday.
ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON, France (AP) — It was America's deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World War 1. Officials, descendants of soldiers and visitors have braved strong winds and rain to attend a remembrance ceremony on Sunday afternoon in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery, which is surrounded by green fields and forests in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, a village in northeastern France. All day, volunteers have read the soldiers' names aloud, to honor those who sacrificed their lives for liberty, freedom and democracy.