The Senate approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal on Monday, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.
The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million outside of states where they have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.
Samoa Air has become the first airline to charge passengers according to how much they weigh. The company carries travelers on hops between Pacific islands that have some of the highest obesity rates in the world. Instead of charging for each seat, Samoa Air has started weighing passengers along with their luggage, and charging them a fee reflecting the total, depending on the length of the flight. Fees range from about $1 to $4 per kilo (2.2 pounds), meaning passengers pay a little under $50 to $200 per 100 lbs. “This is the fairest way of traveling,” Samoa Air CEO Chris Langton says. “There are no extra fees in terms of excess baggage or anything.
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First Lady Michelle Obama is reportedly being counted among the victims in a string of recent high-profile personal security breaches.
TMZ first reported that upwards of 12 celebrities and political figures — like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton — had been hacked. Financial and personal information, including social security numbers, bank accounts, mortgage information and credit card details, were “doxxed” (posted online) to the website Exposed.su by a group of Russian hackers.