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  • Gasoline prices in Arizona are lower at the pumps this week

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona are slightly lower at the pumps this week.Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.20 a gallon, 3 cents lower than last week.This week's national average is $2.18 per gallon, down by more than 3 cents from last week.Triple-A analysts say Arizona's prices are the lowest at this time of year since 2004.They say prices should remain relatively low compared to recent years for the rest of the summer, barring unforeseen circumstances.Tucson currently has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $1.97 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.43.

  • Southwest says technology outage fixed but more flights cut

    DALLAS (AP) — Southwest said it has mostly fixed computer problems that caused hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed, but the airline warned passengers that there could be long lines at airports on Thursday.The airline hoped to bounce back partly by reducing its load — Southwest canceled more than 220 flights, or about 5 percent of its schedule, early on Thursday.Southwest said it canceled nearly 700 flights Wednesday and "hundreds more" were delayed — tracking service FlightStats Inc. put the delays at nearly 2,100.The airline said "most systems are back online" after problems that began with an outage Wednesday afternoon and continued intermittently well into the night."We know we disappointed customers today. We are really, really sorry about that," spokeswoman Linda Rutherford said in a video that the airline posted Wednesday night. "That is unacceptable to us."The airline said that it was trying to accommodate stranded passengers on new flights. Because of that, it expected long lines and told passengers to arrive early for Thursday flights.

  • Passport rule change debated as gender becomes less defined

    DENVER (AP) — A Navy veteran from Colorado who does not identify as male or female is pushing the U.S. government to allow for a third gender option or get rid of gender designators altogether on passports, highlighting the argument that forms on the state and federal level have been slow to include other identities even as gender becomes less defined.A federal judge considering a legal challenge brought by Dana Zzyym (pronounced Zimm) urged the State Department on Wednesday to settle the case in a way that allows Zzyym to get a passport without having to lie about being a man or a woman. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sexual characteristics, was raised as a boy and later identified as intersex.Arli Christian, state policy counsel for the National Center for Transgender Equality, said she does not know of any statewide forms that provide a box to be marked other than male or female, but some states allow other gender options on an individual basis."It happens unofficially with some amount of frequency," said Christian, who questioned why gender should even be included on forms like driver's licenses and passports."In terms of the assertion of non-binary identity, it has gotten a lot more attention recently, and legally speaking, the policies are catching up," she said. "For the most accurate identification document, there should be a non-binary option."On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson seemed to agree, hinting that he would force the State Department to allow Zzyym to get a passport without having to choose from the male or female options.

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