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5 Mail Carriers Attacked With Paintballs

Postal workers attacked during 3-hour period over Memorial Day weekend

(Newser) - Over a period of three hours on Saturday, five US Postal Service mail carriers were shot with paintballs in what police are calling a series of attacks carried out by two men. The USPS' law enforcement division is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the paintball gunmen,... More »

John Oliver Wants to Help the USPS. So Now ... Stamps

'Last Week Tonight' launches branded stamp set to raise money for beleaguered agency

(Newser) - John Oliver is worked up about the current financial struggles of the US Postal Service —so his show has launched what Mashable calls a "glorious stamp collection" featuring Bolivian zebras, Mr. Nutterbutter the giant squirrel , and Japanese mascot Chiijohn. On Sunday's Last Week Tonight , Oliver reported that... More »

Trump Donor Will Be New Postmaster General

President has been pushing for big changes at USPS

(Newser) - President Trump, who recently slammed the US Postal Service as a "joke," will soon have an ally leading the agency. Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser and staunch Trump supporter, will take charge as the new postmaster general on June 15. The USPS says the board of governors has... More »

Trump Has Blunt Message for Post Office

Raise your prices on package delivery or forget about emergency loan

(Newser) - President Trump laid out the choice for the US Post Office in stark terms Friday: Raise prices on package deliveries or forget about getting an emergency loan. “The post office is a joke," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, per the Washington Post . The Treasury Department has... More »

Report: Treasury Looking at 'Unprecedented' Control of USPS

'WaPo': Administration may use $10B loan as leverage for more sway over Postal Service

(Newser) - As part of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief effort, Congress has authorized the Treasury Department to extend an emergency $10 billion loan to the struggling US Postal Service. But now the Trump administration is reportedly mulling tacking on conditions to that loan that would put some aspects of the... More »

Trouble Looms for USPS Amid Virus Outbreak

Democratic lawmakers warn the agency may shut down by June if it doesn't get more funding

(Newser) - Lots of things we used to take for granted—going to work and school, gathering with friends at a party or bar, even making a trip to the grocery store—have all but disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic. There may soon be another addition to that list: getting mail, as... More »

Postal Carrier Felt Overworked, Came Up With a Plan

Jason Delacruz pleads guilty to delay of mail after dumping it into a storage unit

(Newser) - Jason Delacruz didn't have time to deliver all the mail on his route, so ... he put it in a storage locker. The United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to delay of mail after more than 200 pieces of first- and second-class mail were found in a storage unit... More »

USPS Worker Has a Turkey Stalker

The bird chases Jeff Byrne's truck from house to house

(Newser) - A USPS worker in Wisconsin is trying his best to be respectful of his stalker because, after all, "it's Thanksgiving." Still, Jeff Byrne would rather the turkey cluck off. "Our poor mail carrier has been dealing with this for a month!" Sherry Michaels wrote Monday... More »

Midwest Is Colder Than Much of Antarctica

Even postal service has been called off in places

(Newser) - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service. It doesn't say anything about wind chills as low as -65 Fahrenheit. The USPS says it will... More »

The Price of a Stamp Just Took a Big Jump

USPS prices changed on Sunday

(Newser) - It no longer costs 50 cents to mail a letter. On Sunday, the USPS raised the price of Forever stamps to 55 cents. That 10% increase is the biggest hike the USPS has made when it comes to the cost of mailing a first-class letter since 1991, when the price... More »

USPS Shuts Down to Honor Bush

NYSE, Nasdaq will also be closed

(Newser) - The US Postal Service "will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity" on Wednesday, declared a national day of mourning for former President George HW Bush. "Out of respect for the 41st President," USPS says it will provide only limited package delivery "consistent... More »

Cocaine and Bribes: How Atlanta Letter Carriers Went 'Corrupt'

16 USPS employees sentenced in drug trafficking scheme

(Newser) - Federal officials say postal workers in metro Atlanta weren't just delivering mail but also cocaine on behalf of drug traffickers in exchange for bribes as low as $250. When the gavel came down Tuesday, a mail clerk and 15 letter carriers had been sentenced to between three and nine... More »

USPS Just Had One of Its Biggest Inside Thefts Ever

It involves more than $630K worth of stamps

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who makes about $70,000 a year lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years, casino records show—and federal prosecutors now say they know how he got the money to support his habit, the Times-Picayune reports. The DOJ is calling it "one... More »

3 Months Later, Answer in Case of Mail Carrier Found Dead

Peggy Frank died of hyperthermia

(Newser) - The coroner's office says a Los Angeles mail carrier found dead inside her postal truck amid scorching temperatures died primarily from overheating, the AP reports. Temperatures reached 117 degrees during the week in July that Peggy Frank died in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The Orange County Register reports that... More »

Greeting Card Sting Ends in Postal Worker Plea Deal

Ebony Smith stole over 6,000 greeting cards stuffed with cash and checks

(Newser) - A Wisconsin postal worker has pleaded guilty to charges she stole over 6,000 greeting cards from residents on her route in the city of Wauwatosa. As part of a plea deal, Ebony Smith of Milwaukee admitted to taking the cards and pocketing between $50 and $100 per week. Per... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Trump Rips Into Amazon 'Scam' Again

Says Bezos' company is bilking the USPS out of billions, 'must pay real costs (and taxes) now!'

(Newser) - President Trump trotted out a familiar whipping boy on Saturday, tweeting that Amazon was screwing over none other than the United States Postal Service. "The U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon," he tweeted , adding that "That... 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 »

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