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Here's How to Thwart the USPS From Its Mission

An 8-foot boa constrictor on this Kansas mailbox seemed to do the trick

(Newser) - Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found an eight-foot-long red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox. The letter carrier was delivering mail Friday in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, when he spotted the huge... More »

A Brazen USPS Scheme: One Worker, a Stolen Printer, 3 Helpers

Neglected printing machine was what jump-started fraud that cost the agency at least $100K

(Newser) - A neglected printing machine and nearly 200 blank money-order forms caught the eye of Marc Saunders sometime after he started working at the Postal Service's New Lisbon, NJ, branch in 2014. Four years later, Saunders has been hit with a five-year probation and ordered to pay the agency back... More »

Statue of Liberty Goof Costs the USPS $3.5M

It used an image of a Las Vegas version in its 2011 stamp

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service's money woes just got $3.5 million worse, and the Statue of Liberty is to blame. A judge ruled last week that the agency did commit copyright infringement when it used an image of Robert S. Davidson's Statue of Liberty on a stamp... More »

USPS Announces First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps

They'll feature the 'sweet scent of summer'

(Newser) - Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells. The US Postal Service announced Monday that it will soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps. The stamps feature illustrations of ice pops. The agency says the stamps will "add the sweet scent of summer" to... More »

Trump to Postal Chief: Do What I Say With Amazon

President urged her to change packages contract

(Newser) - Turns out President Trump isn't just attacking the Postal Service on Twitter. In off-the-book meetings, he's been urging US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to hike package-delivery charges for Amazon and other companies by 100%—a change that could add billions to their bills, insiders tell the Washington Post... More »

Man Accused of Making His Chicago Apartment UPS HQ

Dushaun Henderson-Spruce allegedly filled out USPS change-of-address form to get UPS mail

(Newser) - UPS headquarters is officially in Atlanta, but for a few months, it found a new home in what the Chicago Tribune last month called a tiny, "timeworn apartment" in Chicago—on paper, anyway. Per court documents cited by NPR , a fraudulent change-of-address form for UPS was submitted to the... More »

Lance Armstrong Settles $100M Lawsuit for Far Less

He also has to pay legal costs of Floyd Landis

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has put his last legal action behind him, settling the federal government's $100 million lawsuit for $5 million. The government had been seeking damages under the False Claims Act because the disgraced cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs while his team was sponsored by the US Postal Service, CNN... More »

Trump Orders Official Review of USPS Amid Amazon Fight

Executive order doesn't mention Bezos' company, but says USPS is bleeding money

(Newser) - President Trump has railed against Amazon repeatedly in recent weeks, accusing Jeff Bezos' company of getting a sweetheart deal from the Postal Service on delivery. On Thursday night, the president took what could be his first tangible step toward changing that: He issued an executive order calling for a review... More »

An Old Friend Is Headed for a New Stamp

USPS Forever Stamp with Mister Rogers, his King Friday XIII puppet to be unveiled March 23

(Newser) - It's a beautiful day in the postal neighborhood. The US Postal Service plans to issue a new stamp featuring Mister Rogers, the children's television host known for his zip-up cardigan, sneakers, and soothing manner. The Forever Stamp will be unveiled March 23 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio... More »

Trump Attacks US Postal Service: 'Dumber and Poorer'

He wants to know why USPS doesn't charge Amazon more to deliver packages

(Newser) - “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!” President Trump tweeted Friday. While... More »

At USPS, Your Snail Mail Now Meets Email

Postal Service will now email previews of your incoming daily mail

(Newser) - Anyone who’s waited by the mailbox for an important letter or much-needed paycheck will want to be first in line for a new free service USPS is rolling out widely in mid-April. Residential customers who sign up for Informed Delivery will receive a daily email with high-quality photo scans... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

Woman Upset Postal Service Crushed Her Canaries

The dead birds were supposed to be alive when they arrived

(Newser) - US Postal Service officials say they've apologized to an Alabama woman who says her package of six live canaries arrived, but the birds were crushed and dead. Rhonda King tells Al.com that the box containing the birds was marked with tire tracks when it arrived from Texas earlier... More »

Postal Service Is Sorry for Delivering Blood-Stained Mail

No, it wasn't viral marketing for a mail carrier-based horror movie

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has apologized to residents along an upstate New York mail route who received mail stained with blood, the AP reports. A Postal Service spokesperson for the agency's western New York district tells the Olean Times Herald that the blood was from a mail carrier whose... More »

The USPS Can Now Email You Photos of Your Mail

'Informed delivery' now available in NYC area

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has started emailing people about their mail. Under a pilot program called "Informed Delivery," the USPS is emailing people photographs of the front side of their mail every morning before it's delivered, reports Quartz . The free service will send up to 10 black-and-white... More »

Postal Worker Saves UPS Guy From Dog Attack

Witnesses say rival probably saved Chicago man's life

(Newser) - The US Postal Service-UPS rivalry vanished yesterday in the face of a common enemy: an attacking and possibly rabid pit bull. Officials say that when a UPS driver in Chicago was attacked by the dog, a passing postal worker pulled it off him and held it down for more than... More »

USPS Wants to Dump This Prohibition-Era Ban

Postal service looks to compete with recent changes

(Newser) - Watch out FedEx, UPS, and Amazon. The US Postal Service is expanding same-day deliveries, shipping things like groceries, water, and fish to customers in seven cities, in order to compete with its competitors and boost revenue under new postmaster general Megan Brennan, report the Wall Street Journal and Consumerist . Brennan... More »

Letter Carrier Saves Man Trapped for 10 Days

He would have died if mail hadn't piled up

(Newser) - Letter carrier Cissy Cartwright says she's no hero, but 66-year-old Tommy Hope begs to differ. The Hope Hull, Ala., man was stuck on the floor of his rural home for 10 days after falling and breaking several bones on July 4, NBC News reports. He probably would have died... More »

Price of a Stamp Going Back Down

Court says last year's 3-cent increase can't be permanent

(Newser) - The price of a postage stamp will soon go back down from 49 cents, thanks to a US appeals court. The US Postal Service instituted a 3-cent increase —its biggest in 11 years—in January of last year in an emergency measure, arguing that it had lost billions in... More »

Postal Service Finally Retiring Old Trucks

Aging fleet a huge drain on resources

(Newser) - The US Postal Service is planning to finally replace a 163,000-strong fleet of delivery vehicles that have been in service since before Amazon.com sold its first book. The familiar Grumman LLVs now in service were built between 1987 and 1994. Upkeep for the aging vehicles has become a... More »

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