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Holiday Deliveries Kept on Track by ... Weather Nerds?

Corporate meteorologists are 'secret weapon' during high shipping season

(Newser) - Santa had Rudolph's red nose to get him through the winter storm so he could deliver our holiday packages; we have corporate meteorologists. They're what the Washington Post calls "the secret weapon" of shipping companies trying to cash in during the hectic holiday season: "a motley... More »

Postal Service Gets First Female Chief

Megan Brennan is the new postmaster general

(Newser) - A woman who started out as a letter carrier in 1986 has risen to become the first female postmaster general, reports Time . Megan Brennan, currently chief operating officer for the US Postal Service, will take over in February. It's no big secret that she's inheriting a troubled agency,... More »

Every USPS Employee's Data Hacked in Breach

Fingers are being pointed at China

(Newser) - China-related things that happened today: President Obama arrived in Beijing , and the USPS announced that its computer networks were hacked—with fingers being pointed at China. The FBI is investigating the hack, which came to light in mid-September and was finally squashed over the weekend, reports the Washington Post . How... More »

During Holidays, USPS Will Deliver on Sundays

In certain cities, at least

(Newser) - The US Postal Service will deliver packages on Sundays in major cities and high volume areas during the holiday season. Seven-day delivery will run from Nov. 17 through Christmas Day in response to anticipated growing demands. The agency expects a 12% growth in its package business this holiday season, or... More »

Woman Finally Receives Letters Mailed In 1969

Including one from her late mother

(Newser) - The post office might not always be the swiftest when it comes to getting letters delivered on time, but that doesn't mean it won't eventually deliver them. Even if they're almost half a century later. Last week, Brooklyn's Susan Heifetz received three missives from 1969, one... More »

Cops: Lazy Mailman Trashed 1K Letters, Packages

Patrick Paskett charged with mail destruction

(Newser) - If you never got grandma's Christmas card and happen to live on Long Island, this might explain things: A mail carrier threw more than a thousand pieces of mail into garbage bins along his Massapequa and Seaford route ... simply because he was too lazy to deliver them, police say,... More »

Cost of a Stamp Just Went Up 3 Cents

USPS gets rate hike; stamp will now cost 49 cents

(Newser) - The good old USPS got its three-cent rate hike approved today, in a move aimed at stemming the $5 billion that the post office says it lost in the last fiscal year. The change—which brings the cost of a first-class stamp to 49 cents—goes into effect on Jan.... More »

Longest Mail Route in the Country: 187 Miles, 9 Hours

Jim Ed Bull has been driving the route for 13 years

(Newser) - Jim Ed Bull has put nearly 300,000 miles on his red Ford Ranger, many of them from delivering the mail. For 13 years, the 72-year-old has been working for the US Postal Service, and at 187 miles, his mail route is the longest in the country, NBC News reports.... More »

USPS Now Delivering on Sunday—for Amazon

New deal starts immediately in LA, NY

(Newser) - A historic change: The United States Postal Service will be making Sunday deliveries. But you won't be getting letters and bills that day; just Amazon packages. The USPS-Amazon deal, announced yesterday, starts immediately, and the struggling Postal Service is planning similar Sunday-delivery deals with other retailers. Unlike first-class mail... More »

Postal Service's New Pitch: Let's Deliver Booze

USPS wants to get into the beer, wine, and spirits industry

(Newser) - The postal service is so strapped for cash it's kicking around unpopular ideas like ending Saturday delivery , ending door-to-door delivery, and, of course, raising prices . But we're guessing the latest proposal floated by USPS chief Patrick Donahoe won't be unpopular at all: He wants to let mail... More »

50 Years Later, You May Be Able to Mail Letter to Cuba

US, Cuba resuming talks this week on the subject

(Newser) - Since 1963, the only way to get a letter from the US to Cuba, or vice versa, was to go through a third country. That could soon change. The AP reports that diplomats and postal service reps from both countries are to meet in Washington this week to discuss the... More »

Dogs Really Do Attack the Mailman; 6K Times Last Year

USPS releases list of cities with most canine-on-letter-carrier violence

(Newser) - Dogs biting the mailman: It doesn't just happen in the movies. The USPS reports that a not-exactly-insignificant 5,879 letter carriers were attacked by dogs last year. And as one of the forces behind National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 19-25), the USPS has released a list of the... More »

USPS Warns: We May Hike Prices

'We are loathe to pursue this approach'

(Newser) - The USPS board intends to "evaluate" the possibility of hiking all of its postage rates, its head said today, admitting, "We are loathe to pursue this approach," according to CNN . But the postal service has been backed into a corner by Congress' refusal to allow it to... More »

Gov't Sues Armstrong for USPS Money

Department of Justice actually wants 3x the sponsorship funds

(Newser) - All that money the US Postal Service spent to sponsor Lance Armstrong's cycling team? The Justice Department wants it back, and more. It filed a lawsuit against the cyclist and his company last night, just as its deadline to do so was about to expire. Armstrong's doping was,... More »

USPS Won't Cut Saturday Mail After All

Post Office says Congress left it no choice

(Newser) - The US Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change. As expected , Congress "has left [USPS] with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan, the agency's Board of Governors said in a statement today. More »

Next Up for USPS: Fashion Line

Yes, we said postal service fashion line

(Newser) - Well, this is unexpected: The struggling US Postal Service's next venture ... is a fashion line. Of (it gets odder) "wearable electronics." Inspired by the unofficial USPS motto—"Neither snow nor rain nor heat..."—the line of apparel and accessories will be called "Rain... More »

Lack of Saturday Mail Might Actually Help Netflix

Its postal bill will shrink, and people can't watch as many videos

(Newser) - The Postal Service plan to eliminate Saturday home delivery probably won't hurt Netflix, one of its biggest customers, observes AP. That's because Netflix's postal bill will shrink and subscribers probably won't watch as many DVDs while paying the same monthly fee. The story might have been... More »

No Saturday Mail? 4 Reactions

Reaction ranges from a shrug to 'big mistake'

(Newser) - A few early reactions to the Postal Service's decision to scrap mail on Saturdays :
  • Eh, who cares: "I don’t really consider this a big change," writes Ed Morrissey at Hot Air . "After all, what I don’t get on Saturday, I’ll still get on
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USPS Cuts Saturday Delivery

Will keep package delivery, a rare bright spot for postal service

(Newser) - Our nation's mailboxes will soon begin to gather dust all weekend long: The US Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in a move expected to save it $2 billion a year. An announcement from the postmaster general will come later today; he's expected to reveal an... More »

USPS: We Don't Pay Traffic Tickets

East Cleveland's mayor gets a surprise

(Newser) - Did you know the USPS doesn't legally have to obey traffic laws? East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton was surprised to find out. His city had sent the USPS a notice after traffic cameras caught postal service vehicles breaking the law seven times, reports. But instead of a... More »

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