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Nothing Stops the Mail …Except One Carrier's Major Snake Phobia

'Snake-free zone. Could we pleeze have our mail?'

(Newser) - “Rain, snow, but not the snakes?” Fox 32 Chicago quotes Bill Hawkins as saying. Hawkins and his neighbors in Chicago's Rogers Park are having a hard time getting their mail thanks to the annual springtime boom in garter snakes and a mail carrier deathly afraid of them. A... More »

Charges: Stressed Mailman Threw Out Holiday Mail

Another allegedly stole gift cards

(Newser) - Two New York City mailmen—including one who allegedly trashed a bunch of packages after becoming "overwhelmed" by holiday mail—are facing up to five years in prison after being arraigned Tuesday, the New York Post reports. Daniel Darby started a new route in Queens on Dec. 2 but... More »

How a Tiny, Ghost-Town Post Office Stays Alive

The town's name may play a small role in its popularity

(Newser) - Drive up to northern Oregon and you might see a small, nondescript shed in a ghost town called Bridal Veil. It measures about 110 square feet and lacks running water: "It's ... cozy," says Tara Stiller, who works there. "That's a nice way to describe it.... More »

Mailman Saves Choking Baby

Chris Brown in right place at right time

(Newser) - A letter carrier in South Carolina went far beyond the call of duty when he saved the life of an 11-month-old last week. When young Eli stuffed a plastic wrapper in his mouth, he began to choke, his mother, Stephanie Cooper, tells WYFF . "I turned around and started beating... More »

USPS Lost $180K on Office That Never Opened

Postal Service has had lease since June 2008

(Newser) - A post office near Scranton, Pa., has run up a $180,000 tab for the US Postal Service—without ever having opened for business. Since June 2008, USPS has been paying about $31,000 a year to lease a property in South Abington Township; it's at last due to... More »

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 »

Now Post Office Tests Same-Day Delivery

Service will roll out in San Francisco next month

(Newser) - First Amazon , then Walmart ... now the post office is trying out same-day delivery. The struggling USPS thinks it may be able to cash in on all those Internet shoppers desperate to get their holiday gifts delivered just as quickly as if they had gone to a store. It will begin... More »

Floridians Urged to Stop Crashing Into Post Offices

USPS offers handy hints to Floridians

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has asked the people of Florida to please stop crashing their cars into its post offices. There have been eight such incidents so far this year in central Florida alone, and the USPS has released some tips to help drivers avoid crashing into postal facilities, reports... More »

Unsold Simpsons Stamps Cost USPS $1.2M

Yet another blow for the beleaguered USPS

(Newser) - Homer Simpson has managed to bungle things once again—this time for the USPS. Bloomberg reports that the agency's run of 1 billion Simpsons stamps turned out to be a money-losing proposition for the money-losing service. It sold only 318 million of them, washing some $1.2 million in... More »

When USPS Defaults, Blame Congress

Joe Nocera says the pending crisis was totally avoidable

(Newser) - This is the week the US Postal Service defaults on a major obligation—in this case, a legally mandated $5.5 billion payment to "prefund" its health benefits. What brought the post office to this sorry state? Of course, part of the problem is we're sending less mail.... More »

Postal Workers Go on Hunger Strike

With special guest Dennis Kucinich

(Newser) - Postal workers, activists, and even Dennis Kucinich took to Capitol Hill today to announce a four-day hunger strike on behalf of the beleaguered US Postal Service. Kucinich himself won't be joining the strike, which will include 10 postal workers, union activists, and supporters, but he was there for moral... More »

How a 1909 Law Is Holding Back the Post Office

Senate moves to OK booze-by-mail 103 years later

(Newser) - The Senate has an idea to help save the Postal Service: Let people mail alcohol. After all, FedEx and UPS carry the stuff all the time. But a law from 1909—established 10 years before Prohibition came into effect—bars the Postal Service from shipping "all spirituous, vinous, malted,... More »

Senate Passes Plan to Save Postal Service

Overhaul would cut costs, prevent closures

(Newser) - A plan to save the US Postal Service from financial collapse has passed the Senate with unusual speed. The Senate plan calls for a major overhaul of the service, which is losing $36 million a day. The bill would allow the service to cut its pension and retiree benefit costs,... More »

USPS Has Dismal Holiday, Loses $3.3B in Quarter

Decline in regular mail more than offsets gift shipping bump

(Newser) - The US Postal Service had a jaw-droppingly ugly holiday quarter, losing $3.3 billion despite a better-than-expected surge in gift shipments, the agency announced today. That's $3 billion worse than its figure for the same period in 2010, the AP reports, and at this rate the agency expects to... More »

Post Office to Slow Mail, Kill Next-Day Letter Delivery

Half of USPS mail processing centers to shut down this spring

(Newser) - Get ready to wait an extra day for the next DVD of The Wire: The mail is going to slow down. As part of its plan to save $3 billion, the cash-challenged US Postal Service will be closing roughly half of its 500 mail processing centers as soon as next... More »

How the USPS Deals With Your Awful Penmanship

Neither rain nor sleet nor ... bad handwriting

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service has no shortage of public headaches —but the Wall Street Journal takes a look at a quirky problem that's a little more under-the-radar: your bad handwriting. The USPS employs 1,900 clerks who show up for work at one of two "Remote... More »

On Chopping Block: 3,700 Post Offices

Struggling USPS plans downsizing

(Newser) - The struggling US Postal Service could close 3,700 post offices starting in January, a full 11% of its retail operations and the largest downsizing in the agency's history. The targeted offices span 49 states. The exception: Delaware, which has only one post office for every 12,000 people.... More »

Stamp Honors Lady Liberty ...Using Vegas Replica

Photo of casino replica used to mark statue's 125th anniversary

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed collector spotted a small problem with the US Post Office's new stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty: Officials used a picture of the wrong statue. The Lady Liberty that graces the stamp is actually that of the replica that stands outside the New... More »

US May Close Thousands of Post Offices

More than half of the existing US branches will be reviewed

(Newser) - After deciding to close 491 post offices last year, the struggling US Postal Service will add as many as 2,000 additional branches to that tally beginning in March. Another 16,000 unprofitable ones will also be reviewed, as the USPS pushes Congress to allow them to close the worst... More »

God Is Getting More Snail Mail This Year

People send requests to heaven, notes to lost friends

(Newser) - Letters to the North Pole are common, but this year has seen notable quantities of letters to a different address: Heaven. “In the 10 years I've been doing this, I've seen maybe two or three letters addressed to heaven," one Florida postal worker tell the St. Petersburg Times... More »

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