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KENNER, La. (AP) \u2014 An ordinance being debated in Kenner could have a major impact on fees charged by customers who use Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services, including passengers picked up at the New Orleans airport.

Ride-sharing drivers are concerned the proposed ordinance that would add additional fees to fares, but taxi drivers say they support the proposed ordinance.

Uber representatives say the ordinance would require passengers to pay some of the highest ride-sharing fees in the nation, WVUE-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2mYsyJG ). The ordinance would add a $4 charge to ride sharing fees on top of the $4 the City of New Orleans charges, the station reported.

\"That would be a $4 fee going to the city of Kenner that would be additive to the existing $4 fee that goes to the city of New Orleans right now, so that means every time you hail an Uber at the airport, you would be paying $8 just in fees on your ride,\" Uber spokesman Nick Juliano said.

The city council deferred a vote on the ordinance. It is expected to take the measure up at the April 20 meeting, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/2oe2USj ).

\"Now we're in a period of time that we want to hear input from whoever's interested, contact us,\" said Councilman Mike Sigur, who sponsored the amended changes. \"We know we have more work to do.\"

The Kenner council has been considering changes to the city's \"Vehicles For Hire\" ordinance for several months to include rules to cover ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft, as well as taxi companies.

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DALLAS (AP) \u2014 The head of the pilots' union said Thursday that American Airlines is leaving thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure that flights depart on time.

Nearly 20,000 passengers were denied boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said. He called it intolerable.

American carried more than 14 million passengers last month.

The airline has been trying to improve its on-time performance. It ranked eighth among the nation's largest 12 airlines at on-time arrivals in 2016, but rose to third in January, the latest month for which government figures are available.

American did not dispute that some passengers and employees flying standby get left behind. But, spokesman Matt Miller said, the company figure cited by the union president is \"significantly inflated\" because it includes people who signed up for standby but weren't in the gate area when the door shut.

Carey said standby passengers are left behind on about one in six flights, and he blames the airline's policy of closing the door from the gate area to the jet bridge 10 minutes before scheduled departure. He says gate agents are under extraordinary pressure to close the door no matter what, but that passengers should not be left behind if there are empty seats.

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) \u2014 The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard.

Faced with more than 40 feet (12 meters) of snow, the Mono County community declared a state of emergency and a request for snow removal assistance was sent to the state Office of Emergency Services, which called in the Guard earlier this month.

The Guard sent 10 heavy trucks and 17 troops who hauled away 4,000 tons (3,629 metric tons) of snow.

Capt. Will Martin tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2neTaba) that snow-related calls usually involve search-and-rescue, and no one can recall something like the snow-removal mission.

The Mammoth Mountain ski resort has so much snow it plans to keep lifts running until July 4.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) \u2014 A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help.

Arizona authorities say 24-year-old Amber VanHecke was well-equipped and did everything right after getting lost in a remote area during a solo road trip.

VanHecke said in a Facebook post that she was heading to a hiking trail but was led astray by her maps app and wound up in the middle of nowhere with an empty gas tank.

She told ABC's Good Morning America that she even tried to chase down a truck to no avail.

\"I was panicking and crying and sobbing. I was a mess,\" VanHecke told the show.

VanHecke said nobody had reported her missing because of a miscommunication with her family.

VanHecke didn't have cell phone access. She made large help signs and even tried to start a signal fire, but couldn't.

She eventually hiked for miles to a spot where she had a signal, although the call dropped before Arizona authorities could trace her location.

Still, rescuers had an idea about where she might be, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Rescuers were able to spot her abandoned car using a search helicopter.

VanHecke had left signs on the car detailing where she was headed in search of cell phone signal, and rescuers eventually found her.

VanHecke was treated at a Flagstaff hospital for exposure but is now back in Texas, where she is a student at the University of North Texas.

\"Five days ago I thought I was gonna die in the desert and now I'm trying to go to class,\" she said.

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HONOLULU (AP) \u2014 Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals.

Lawmakers have been keen to devise ways to make sure vacation rental operators are paying transient accommodation taxes just like hotels. This has been a struggle in part because many rentals, particularly on Oahu, are being operated illegally without permits.

State Senate committees on tourism and public safety late Wednesday passed legislation giving hosting platforms like Airbnb the option to pay hotel taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators.

The bill says platforms that do so would have to ensure operators comply with state and county land use laws. It says platforms would have to ensure operators provide written verification of their compliance. The bill, which amended House legislation, next goes to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

\"We want to make sure that this bill doesn't hurt the good actors, but also gives us an opportunity to go after the bad actors out there,\" said Sen. Glenn Wakai, the Senate tourism committee chairman.

Wakai, who represents Kalihi and other Oahu neighborhoods, said the reporting requirements would help lawmakers understand how many short-term rental units are being offered, what their economic impact is and what the state's tax opportunities are.

The legislation, he said, offers Honolulu and other counties \"a carrot\" to get their land use regulations in order by offering them a percentage of new taxes the state is able to get from short-term rentals.

Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb public policy manager, said in a statement that his company is committed to working with lawmakers to more effectively capture an estimated $100 million in taxes generated by the short-term rental industry each year. But he said the Senate bill conflicts with federal law.

David Louie, an attorney for the Internet Association, a national group representing online companies like Facebook and Expedia, said under federal law websites can't be held liable for the content of other people's postings. They also can't be forced to screen or verify online postings by third parties, he said.

The House tourism committee on Tuesday passed legislation that also would also allow platforms to pay taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators. But the House bill doesn't require platforms to verify operator compliance with land use laws. This bill next goes to the House finance committee.

This legislation amended a Senate bill that called for a working group to develop a way to collect data on how vacation rentals affect Hawaii's tax revenue, housing supply and brand as a visitor destination.

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