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December 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
By now, holiday shopping stress is in full force - and so is procrastination. Here's how to make sure your online purchases reach their intended recipients in time. If sending gifts via the U.S. Postal Service, today is the last day to use Parcel Post for Christmas arrival. First-class mail must go out by Dec. 20, Priority mail by Dec. 21 and most Express mail by Dec. 22. At UPS, Next Day Air packages must be picked up by the 21st to arrive on the 24th. 2nd Day Air items must be sent on the 20th.
December 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
For Christmas Eve, Pop & Hiss offers up a selection of offbeat holiday albums guaranteed to break up the monotony of the same-old, same-old holiday songs and arrangements being piped into malls and over the airwaves of Yuletide-music centered radio stations. Track them down on Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG or other streaming services. Brave Combo , “It's Christmas, Man” (Rounder, 1992) This absurdly eclectic quartet from Texas puts its manic stamp on classics (such as "O, Christmas Tree," which gets the samba treatment, and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song [Chestnuts]
January 10, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely after it was determined he had a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. The fifth-year veteran out of UCLA and North Hollywood Campbell Hall High is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes a game this season. Second-year guard Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 Holiday had a poor shooting effort Wednesday in a 102-96 loss at home to the Washington Wizards, making only three of 11 shots for eight points.
December 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Every year on Dec. 21, Vancouver, Canada explodes with light during the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival . Lantern labyrinths and light-centric processions with drummers are set to take place around the city Wednesday evening. For those who want a front-row seat, check out this holiday special at the Opus Hotel that starts around $125 a night. The deal: Opus Celebrates the Season features low rates at the 96-room boutique hotel in Yaletown, which gets high marks on TripAdvisor . To find the deal, go to the website and click on "special offers" or call.
December 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
One librarian, two helpers and 348 old books equals one huge holiday book tree. Usually those elements would add up to books stacked neatly on a shelf, but campus librarian Erin Fisher and others instead constructed a 9½-foot green "tree" in the atrium at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno . The tree, made from pre-1950 National Union Catalog reference books with evergreen covers, grew from 10 books placed...
October 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery in certain markets, including parts of California, in a bid to nab more retail customers during the high-stakes holiday season. The discount uber-chain said Tuesday that its beta version of the Walmart To Go delivery program is already in operation in northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The company will roll out the test in San Francisco and San Jose later this month or in early November. Customers in the current markets will pay $10 for each delivery, which can include an unlimited number of general merchandise items, with no minimum purchase requirement.
November 21, 2012 | By Morgan Little
There are plenty of thanks to go around in Washington: Democrats particularly have gratitude reserved for President Obama's ground game, Election Day turnout and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's late embrace of the president . And of course, there are the necessary thanks to be sent out to supporters. Despite the “disappointing” results of the presidential election, Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) remains “thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds.” “This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
October 11, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
The bad news: If you haven't yet booked your Thanksgiving flight, the best fares are gone. The good news: There are some secrets for getting the most for your money. frequently sifts its database for prime booking windows, and has released some tips for holiday travelers looking for the best times to lock in their flights. Most of the time, CEO Jeff Klee says, that booking sweet spot is seven weeks in advance of your trip. His company's studies have found that booking too early can be as expensive as booking too late.
November 18, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Get ready for a red, white and blue Christmas. With a sluggish economy, high unemployment and a just-finished presidential election laser-focused on jobs, many consumers say they are more eager than ever to buy gifts made right here in America. Shoppers don't have to rifle through stores or flip over labels this year. Many retailers are proudly touting their wares with made-in-the-USA credentials in hopes of wooing shoppers eager to show their patriotism through their pocketbooks.
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