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> ILLINOIS

Airline drops discount for prepaying bag fee

CHICAGO (AP) -- There's no more incentive to prepay online for your checked bags if you're flying United Continental. The carrier has done away with the $2 to $3 discount that passengers used to get if they paid for their luggage online instead of at the ticket counter.

The charge for domestic flights operated by Chicago-based United Continental Holdings is now $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second, no matter how or when you pay. The change began for tickets sold since March 9.

United and Continental used to offer a $2 discount on the first bag and $3 off the second to encourage passengers to pay up before arriving at the airport.

Delta Air Lines still offers a similar discount. Other carriers, including AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, never offered different prices.

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> CALIFORNIA

Cyclists balk at plan for bridge speed limit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Plans to put the brakes on bicyclists riding across the Golden Gate Bridge has cycling enthusiasts crying foul in this city of two-wheeled activism.

Thousands of commuters, residents and tourists ride the bridge's celebrated span each day. But some officials who oversee San Francisco's signature landmark think speed limits are necessary to lower the accident rate.

An initial plan floated last week would hit riders with a $100 fine if they don't slow to 5 mph near the bridge's iron towers. But after pedalers protested, the bridge's board of directors decided to postpone a vote on the limits while authorities and riders debate the proposal.

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> IDAHO

Rescuers find rubble instead of miner

MULLAN, Idaho (AP) -- Rescue efforts have reached a section of a collapsed tunnel where they had hoped to find an Idaho silver miner who has been missing underground since April 15, a Hecla Mining Co. official said Saturday.

But crews using bore holes and probes found only sand and rubble where they had been searching for an open section of mine, said spokeswoman Melanie Hennessey.

Finding collapsed material could mean the entire 75 feet of tunnel where 53-year-old Larry Marek had been working has collapsed.

Search efforts will continue.

"We're still 100 percent focused on rescue efforts," Hennessey said.

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