FedEx will shift final delivery of some express parcels

FedEx Express will funnel some packages to the company’s ground unit for residential delivery to improve efficiency as online shopping continues to grow.

The company said Friday that the change will begin next month in Greensboro, North Carolina.

FedEx Express currently uses its own vehicles for so-called last-mile delivery of packages that come off its airplanes. Company executives say they believe that giving those packages to FedEx Ground will reduce costs and increase the number of packages carried by drivers on their rounds, making them more efficient.The change will let FedEx Express focus on parcels shipped from one business to another and on premium online-shopping deliveries to consumers.

Mexico won’t really raffle off huge presidential jet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans will no longer have to worry about where to park a Boeing Dreamliner when the government raffles off the luxurious presidential jet: the air force will keep it.

In fact, nobody will win the actual $130 million Boeing 787 plane in the lottery-style raffle to be held in coming months.

Among the many desperate attempts to get rid of the ridiculously expensive plane, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had toyed with the idea of actually awarding the plane to the winner, along with a year’s paid maintenance and parking.

But López Obrador had worried that would cause problems for the winner, both because of the greed it could unleash among friends, relatives and acquaintances, and because the idea had been lampooned on social media, with people posting pictures of shacks or taco stands with a jetliner parked outside.

So the president announced Friday that the raffle will actually be symbolic, awarding total prize money of $100 million, which lottery tickets state is “equivalent to the value of the presidential jet.” One hundred winners will divide equal shares of the $100 million pot.

Lawmaker questions California Lottery’s `Ellen’ giveaway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state legislator wants an audit of the California Lottery to look into a whistleblower complaint about more than $212,000 worth of scratchers tickets that were given to Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show for audience gifts.

The lottery viewed the move as a publicity boon but the complaint filed by some lottery employees contends the giveaway was a “misuse of funds,” the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The giveaway occurred on the Dec. 3 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The lottery confirmed that the show was given at no cost 425 packets that each included 72 scratchers tickets with a face value of $500 per packet, the Times said.

The controversy has arisen just weeks before the release of a lottery audit requested last year by state Sen. Ling Ling Chang after allegations of wasteful spending, improper gifts and nepotism.

Chang said the audit should investigate the TV show giveaway because she’s concerned about funding that the lottery is supposed to generate for California public schools.

“I want to know how this contribution affects supplemental funding to California public schools. Does it help? I don’t think so,” she said.

Voters approved the lottery in 1984. Initially, 34% of sales revenue was to go toward education, but the Legislature relaxed that in 2010 to allow managers to follow “best practices.”

Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said giving away more than 30,000 Scratchers tickets was intended to create positive publicity and increase sales.