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October 22, 2013 | By Shan Li
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.
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OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers. It's not. In reality, it's a matter of basic fairness. The issue begins with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the national minimum wage for most workers and guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week. But the law also allowed overtime exemptions to be set by the Labor Department.
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NEWS
June 25, 1986 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critic
Across by Peter Handke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $14.95) Peter Handke, the Austrian writer, is a literary master of estrangement, but lately he has been working on reconciliation. He works by contract. In an icy framework, the warmth ravishes. In a framework of stylistic difficulty, the sudden clarity startles. "Across," a brief and beautiful novella, has its obscurity, but essentially it is very clear indeed. Set in Salzburg over Easter week, it is a parable of redemption.
SPORTS
November 13, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Dodgers are expecting to exceed the luxury-tax threshold again, team President Stan Kasten said Wednesday. This should come as a surprise to no one. The luxury-tax threshold for 2014 will be $189 million. The Dodgers had a payroll of more than $230 million this year. They already have more than $160 million in salary commitments to their 12 players under contract -- that doesn't include Clayton Kershaw or any of the players who are eligible for salary arbitration or are under club control.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2010
The Overton Window A Thriller Glenn Beck Threshold/Simon & Schuster: 336 pp., $26
OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers. It's not. In reality, it's a matter of basic fairness. The issue begins with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established the national minimum wage for most workers and guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work a week. But the law also allowed overtime exemptions to be set by the Labor Department.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2008
Has anyone addressed policy implications of firms becoming "too big to fail" ("Bailout could aid firms that buy troubled banks," Sept. 29.)? It appears that a threshold exists, beyond which a firm can now expect government intervention in the event of failure. This will only encourage more reckless risk-taking, since the government will provide a safety net of credit. The taxpayer appears to be held hostage: There seems to be no option but to support a bailout to avoid a far greater calamity.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Facebook will adopt new rules governing the social network even though the turnout for a vote fell well short of a minimum threshold. The rules specify that users own their information, not Facebook. An earlier attempt to push changes led to user confusion and protests over who controls the personal information people share on the site. More than 600,000 of Facebook's 200 million regular users voted over the last week, with nearly three-quarters in favor of the changes. Facebook had set a minimum threshold of a 30% voter turnout for the vote to be binding.
OPINION
July 31, 2012
Re "Hollywood trying to avoid villain role in film violence," July 28 There is a difference between portraying evil and crossing the threshold into celebrating it; the "Dark Knight" franchise represents the latter, in my opinion. Other films that crossed this threshold - "A Clockwork Orange,""Natural Born Killers" and"Taxi Driver" - all employed a certain recklessness in their depiction of violence and have stirred the psyche of boundary-less individuals to perpetrate violence.
WORLD
January 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said there were "an amazingly low number" of violations in a weekend election that returned him to office, but the opposition cited widespread fraud and vowed to fight the outcome in court and on the streets. With more than 85% of precincts counted, Saakashvili, a close U.S. ally, won 51.94% of Saturday's vote, narrowly clearing the 50% threshold for a first-round victory, the Central Elections Commission said. His main challenger, Levan Gachechiladze, had 25.19%.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Shan Li
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 | Tony Barboza
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.
SPORTS
July 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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 | By Samantha Schaefer
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.
SCIENCE
May 10, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
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 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times
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.
SPORTS
December 24, 1994
I would think that the baseball players' union would recognize by this point that ample precedent has been set for the owners' institution of a salary cap. Didn't Congress recently cap executive salaries by removing the deductibility of everything above $1 million? I would think that the players, many of whom are above that threshold already, could bend to the reality of the world around them--particularly when they recognize that those executives are accountable for advancing the interests of employees and shareholders, not merely for playing a child's game into adulthood.
MAGAZINE
September 19, 2004
The article "Our Need for Speed" (by Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Aug. 29) was interesting. No doubt some people increase their risk-tolerance threshold when they feel safer. But the simple fact after all these years is that when they don't wear seat belts, people still fly into steering wheel columns, under dashboards, out of windows--and they die. Among all of the engineering and behavior improvements over the past generation, the biggest contributor to saving thousands of lives has been increased seat belt usage.
SPORTS
March 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
— The Angels' trade of Vernon Wells to the New York Yankees, which is expected to be finalized Tuesday, will have financial implications beyond the $13 million or so the Angels will save over the next two years by shipping the veteran outfielder to the Bronx. A major incentive for dealing Wells, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly, is to give the Angels enough financial relief to finish the season under the $178-million luxury tax threshold.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Memphis Grizzlies traded Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round draft pick Tuesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer. The trade is the first big move by the Grizzlies' new ownership and clears about $6 million in salary in getting Memphis under the luxury tax threshold this season. The Grizzlies rank fourth in the Western Conference and are 6-4 over their last 10 games after the NBA's best start this season. The deal gives the lottery-bound Cavs another first-round pick to improve a team entering Tuesday night's home game against Boston with a 10-32 record - second-worst in the Eastern Conference.
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