October 22, 2013 |
Online behemoth Amazon.com raised the minimum order price to get free shipping to $35, a decision that could give the retailer a big boost during the crucial holiday season. The $10 bump affects the company's Super Saver Shipping, which for years offered free shipping on any orders that cost $25 or more. The move comes just days before the Seattle company releases its third-quarter earnings results. "This is the first time in more than a decade that Amazon has altered the minimum order for free shipping in the U.S. " the company noted in a Tuesday blog post . "During that time, we have expanded free shipping selection by millions of items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 |
The world's leading climate scientists have for the first time established a limit on the amount of greenhouse gases that can be released before the Earth reaches a tipping point and predicted that it will be surpassed within decades unless swift action is taken to curb the current pace of emissions. The warning was issued Friday by a panel of U.N.-appointed climate change experts meeting in Stockholm. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated that once a total of 1 trillion tons of carbon dioxide are emitted into atmosphere, the planet will exceed 3.6 degrees of warming, the internationally agreed-upon threshold to the worst effects of climate change.
July 13, 2013 |
With the amnesty of Metta World Peace along with the addition of center Chris Kaman, swingman Nick Young and point guard Jordan Farmar, the Lakers are still over the luxury tax threshold at about $75.4 million in salary. Kaman and Young signed their contracts over the last couple of days. Farmar and the Lakers need to finish a buyout from Turkish club Andolu Efes. Can the Lakers find a way to get below the $71.7-million luxury tax threshold? The team still needs to add at least three players to the roster, presumably including their pick in the 2013 draft, forward Ryan Kelly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 |
Federal safety regulators proposed Tuesday that the legal limit for drivers' blood-alcohol content be lowered from 0.08% to at least 0.05%. Drunk driving is a national problem that accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths, The Times Richard Simon reported . The National Transportation Safety Board also called for government incentives to prod states into lowering their drunk-driving standard. The recommendation comes on the 25th anniversary of the nation's worst drunk-driving crash in which an intoxicated driver killed 24 teenagers and three adults on a school bus and injured 34 near Carrollton, Ky., Simon reported on Nation Now : While total traffic fatalities have fallen, nearly 1 in 3 highway deaths still involves an alcohol-impaired driver, according to NTSB.
May 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The ratio of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has surpassed 400 parts per million in an average daily reading at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, the highest concentration of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas in millions of years. While several atmospheric readings in the Arctic have recently exceeded 400 ppm of carbon dioxide, the Mauna Loa daily average readings are considered the benchmark indicators of the Earth's atmospheric makeup. Climate scientists have calculated that the world needs to keep carbon dioxide emissions from crossing the 400-ppm threshold in order to avoid a rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 |
A minority of voters living in a daisy chain of small, suburban and relatively upscale enclaves around the county's outer rim were largely responsible for last fall's razor thin defeat of a $90-billion transit tax that received lopsided ballot box support, a Times analysis shows. The review comes as several of Los Angeles' senior politicians have joined state lawmakers to push for a reduction of the threshold for passage of such measures, arguing that the current two-thirds requirement is undemocratic and hinders the region's growth.