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Afternoon rush hour traffic heads out of  town Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Phoenix. An estimated 41.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, up 0.7 percent from last year and the most since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

As usual, the vast majority of travelers will be using their cars: about 85 percent. Gas currently costs $2.78 a gallon, down 88 cents from the same time last year. That means a family driving 200 miles on highways will save about $7.30 for their holiday gas this year.


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FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces the Nintendo's Mario Maker during a press event at the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. While the Japanese creator of "Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong" spent most of his trip to last week's 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo hyping the upcoming video games "Super Mario Maker" and "Star Fox Zero," Miyamoto is equally excited about his next project: bringing his digital creations to life in Universal theme parks.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

“We’ve come to the point where the kids who grew up playing Nintendo games are now parents who have their own kids,” said the veteran game designer during an interview translated by Bill Trinen, product marketing director at Nintendo of America. “I think for them it will be a tremendous experience.”


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In this  June 10, 2015 photo, divers make an immersion at the International diving Center Maria la Gorda on Guanahacabibes peninsula in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. (AP Photo/Chris Gillette)

“No, there is no way they are going to be ready for them,” said American diver Tony Dorland, 51, a contractor from Chicago who has visited the island numerous times to dive. Dorland said Americans “like all the bells and whistles when they travel, but it’s going to be for the people that know that this is the way Europeans travel, not the way Americans travel.”


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ORLANDO, Fla. | Orlando International Airport is expanding its reach into Latin America. Airport officials on Friday announced new routes to Brasilia, Brazil, and Lima, Peru. The Orlando-Brasilia route will be TAM Airlines’ second route between Orlando and a Brazilian city. The airline already flies between the theme park mecca and Sao Paulo. The new route […]


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A welcome sign outside Flintstones Bedrock City theme park in Williams, Ariz., is seen in this Nov. 11, 2008 photo provided by Richard Maack. The owner of the park designed around the Hanna-Barbera cartoon said Friday she is selling the property for $2 million. (AP Photo /Richard Maack) MANDATORY CREDIT

“I’m 73 years old. I don’t have that many more years of adventure time left,” said Speckels, who has been trying to sell the place for more than a year. “I love the property. But I feel like it’s time for somebody else to come in and enjoy it and do something with it.”


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