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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 »

Congress Could Force Saturday Mail to Continue

Spending bill includes 6-day-a-week measure

(Newser) - Congress is poised to derail plans to limit Saturday mail , via a spending bill that contains a provision for six-day-a-week mail. The provision, the same measure seen for the past 30 years, has already passed the House, and the Senate could vote tomorrow. But some Republicans say it's time... 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 Halts 600 Urban Closings

On heels of announcement staving off rural closures

(Newser) - The USPS is going to halt a plan to close some 600 urban and suburban postal branches, a spokesman announced today. The facilities in many cities serve as neighborhood post offices. The Postal Service announced last year that it was looking at closing up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,... 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 »

83% Don't Know What 'Jumped the Shark' Means

And 43% want Hillary for VP

(Newser) - The latest 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll offers readers a new batch of quirky questions, including whether they’re familiar with the Happy Days-inspired phrase “jumped the shark.” Some 83% of respondents didn’t know it meant a show was past its prime. Among other interesting stats:
  • If Joe
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Obama Moves to Save USPS From Default

He wants to delay a pension payment mandated in 2006 law

(Newser) - President Obama intends to swoop to the rescue of the ailing US Postal Service —or at least try, reports the New York Times. The White House yesterday announced that it would push for legislation giving the USPS a three-month reprieve on the $5.5 billion it’s supposed to... More »

USPS Teeters on Brink of Default

Huge labor costs, declining usage have deficit at $9.2 billion this year

(Newser) - With a $5.5 billion payment due Sept. 30, the US Postal Service's longstanding financial woes are about to come to a head—in fact, if Congress doesn't do something soon, the agency might have to shut down entirely this winter, reports the New York Times . The USPS... More »

Here's One Idea to Save the Postal Service

Op-ed: Put sensors on trucks to help forecast the weather

(Newser) - The Postal Service is going broke , but one potential money-maker for the agency is riding around in plain sight: all those mail trucks. They already go everywhere, so why not stick small sensors on them "to collect and transmit information about weather or air pollutants?" suggests an official with... More »

Postal Service Moves to Halt Saturday Delivery

Long-awaited plan would save $3.3B

(Newser) - The Postal Service will eliminate Saturday delivery in early 2011 and save $3.3 billion in just the first year of the new schedule, according to a regulatory filing. The cutback has been contemplated for some time, but today's announcement marks the first USPS confirmation of the exact plan, which... More »

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