New Prague post office relocated due to safety concerns
NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Postal Service officials say the post office in New Prague is being temporarily relocated due to safety concerns with the building.
Man who mailed cocaine from Puerto Rico to RI sentenced
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who worked with an accomplice to ship dozens of kilograms of cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island has been sentenced...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators are sometimes on opposite sides of the aisle politically, but they agree that privatizing the U.S. Postal Service is a bad idea.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The last of three New York men accused of stealing cash and gift cards from the mail has admitted his guilt.
Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Cordell James of...
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in Massachusetts who stole about $82,000 worth of postage stamps and sold many online at a discount has been sentenced to two years of...
Ex-postal workers gets probation for stealing mail
BOSTON (AP) — A former mail carrier who stole nearly 10,000 pieces of mail intended for residents along her route in Boston in her search for gift cards and cash has avoided jail.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin informed Congress on Monday that he will stop making payments into two government retirement funds now that the debt limit has gone back into...
Ex-postal manager pleads guilty to stealing $630K in stamps
KENNER, La. (AP) — A former manager of a post office in a New Orleans suburb has admitted to stealing more than $630,000 in stamps and selling them online to support his gambling addiction,...
‘Test mail’ leads to New Orleans letter carrier theft plea
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former letter carrier in New Orleans nabbed by U.S. Postal Service agents in an investigation involving marked cash and trackable gift cards has pleaded guilty to...
Letter returned to Michigan woman after 45 years
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan woman who wrote a letter to her family in 1974 has been reunited with the tattered note after it was finally delivered to the home where her family lived...
Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court bench in public session
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the Supreme Court bench on Tuesday, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer.
Wrong-way driver killed in crash with US Postal truck
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — A wrong-way driver was killed after crashing into a U.S. Postal Service truck on state Route 520 in Redmond, Washington.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Washington State Patrol troopers were first alerted to the wrong-way driver when they were heading east in the westbound lanes of SR-520 near Interstate 405.
Return to sender: High court to hear undeliverable mail case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch Hungerpiller thought he had a first-class solution for mail that gets returned as undeliverable, a common problem for businesses that send lots of letters.
Louisiana woman pleads guilty to gambling away postal funds
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former postal worker has pleaded guilty in New Orleans to a federal charge of misappropriation of postal funds.
Man who rerouted UPS mail to Chicago apartment pleads guilty
CHICAGO (AP) — A former UPS Inc. worker accused of rerouting mail meant for the shipping company's Atlanta headquarters to his small Chicago apartment has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
Dushaun Henderson-Spruce entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in federal court. The agreement calls for the repayment of the nearly $59,000 he admitted stealing from mail intended for the company.
Louisiana city calls for USPS to fix mail delivery issues
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has adopted a resolution calling for the U.S. Postal Service to deal with mail delivery issues plaguing the community.
Albuquerque woman gets prison for assaulting postal workers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for assaulting three U.S. Postal Service employees in Bernalillo County in 2017.
Prosecutors say 25-year-old Jackie Herron was sentenced Wednesday.
3 Omaha men indicted in Grand Island USPS truck robbery
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three Omaha men face federal charges after being accused of the December armed kidnapping and robbery of a U.S. Postal Service truck driver in Grand Island.
Federal prosecutors say Gary Fellows, Sidney Britt and Joshua Britt have been indicted on robbery, kidnapping and use of a weapon counts for the Dec. 14 incident.
Postal Service honors entertainer Gregory Hines with stamp
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is honoring entertainer Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp.
Acting chief postal inspector Gary Barksdale is hosting the first day of issue ceremony Monday at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York.
Hines, who was known for his unique style of tap dancing, won a Tony Award in 1992 for "Jelly's Last Jam." He died of cancer at age 57 in 2003.
Woman struck, killed by Postal Service truck in Everett
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say U.S. Postal Service truck struck and killed a woman as she was crossing a street in Everett.
The woman, believed to be in her late 50s, was crossing Pacific Avenue in a crosswalk Tuesday evening when the light changed. Everett police detectives say the truck had the green light and did not see the woman.
Postal carrier under investigation after mail found in home
SUNFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 42-year-old postal carrier is being investigated after mail dating back more than a year was found in a western Michigan home.
WILX-TV reports that the worker is suspected of hoarding mail from her route in Portland, east of Grand Rapids. Officials say some of it was wet and damaged. Other pieces were burned.
Postal Service will keep open historic Kauai post office
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A historic post office on Kauai will remain open after the U.S. Postal Service reversed a decision to shut it down.
The service had announced its decision to close the Lihue Post Office in December 2017, prompting hundreds of letters and coconuts to be sent to the service in support of keeping the post office open.
Postal Service cancels test mail program for north Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service scrapped a pilot program aimed at finding cheaper ways to deliver goods and mail to northern Alaska communities.
House panel considers uncounted ballots from NE Iowa race
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — House Democrats appointed to a committee to review the results of a contested northeast Iowa House election are vowing to fight any attempt to rush to judgment on whether to count 29 absentee mail ballots.
Kayla Koether trails Republican incumbent Michael Bergan by nine votes for the Iowa House District 55 seat.
Bergan was seated Monday and continues to represent the district.
Ohio mail carrier dies after minivan hits postal truck
WADSWORTH, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says an Ohio mail carrier was killed on his route when a minivan hit the back of his U.S. Postal Service truck as he pulled into traffic and he was partly thrown from the vehicle.
Troopers say 59-year-old Randy Irwin, of Macedonia, died at the scene of the Wednesday afternoon crash on state Route 94 in Wadsworth Township, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cleveland.
Investigators don't believe drugs or alcohol was a factor in the crash.
North Carolina town loses post office after Florence damage
POLLOCKSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A small North Carolina town is losing its post office after it was damaged by Hurricane Florence, meaning residents with post office boxes will have to drive seven miles (11 km) to get their mail.
WITN in Greenville reports Pollocksville Mayor Jay Bender said the U.S. Postal Service announced Friday that all mail operations would be moved to Maysville.
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Postal workers accused of stealing mail, trafficking weed
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Four U.S. Postal Service workers in Alabama are accused of stealing packages in connection with a marijuana distribution scheme.
News outlets report U.S. Attorney Richard W. Moore said this week that a grand jury indicted the four Mobile workers on federal charges in November.
Deschutes River to be featured on ‘forever’ stamp in 2019
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A scenic Oregon river will be honored with a stamp next year.
The Bend Bulletin reports the Deschutes River will be featured on a "forever" stamp in 2019.
The U.S. Postal Service announced in November that 19 sets of forever stamps will be available.
Police: 1 teen dies, 1 hurt when stolen car slams postal van
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines authorities say one teenager died and another was injured when the stolen car they were in crashed into a delivery van.
The car was reported stolen a little after 8:10 p.m. Monday after it was left running unattended. A vehicle matching its description was seen about 30 minutes later where gunshots rang out several blocks northwest.
Trump task force recommends ways to boost Postal Service
WASHINGTON (AP) — A task force created by President Donald Trump to evaluate ways to stem billions of dollars in losses at the U.S. Postal Service suggested a range of options Tuesday, including proposals that could significantly boost the cost of sending non-essential mail.
The report recommended that the Postal Service develop a new pricing model that would remove current price caps and charge market-based prices for mail and packages that were not deemed to be "essential postal services."
Judge considers northeast Iowa absentee ballot dispute
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic candidate in a northeast Iowa House district who is trailing by just nine votes has asked a judge to halt certification of votes for the race so the court can decide whether 33 ballots left uncounted because they lack a postmark should be included in the vote total.
House Democratic candidate sues to count absentee ballots
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic candidate in a northeast Iowa House district, trailing by just nine votes, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to force election officials to count 33 ballots left uncounted because they lack a postmark.
Kayla Koether is seeking a temporary injunction in Polk County District Court to stop Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate from certifying the House District 55 election results on Monday.
Incumbent Republican Michael Bergan leads with 6,924 votes to Koether's 6,915.
16 Postal Service workers took bribes to deliver cocaine
ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors say 16 U.S. Postal Service workers in the Atlanta area have been sentenced to federal prison for accepting bribes to deliver cocaine.
Trumann officials express concern over city’s postal issues
TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — The Trumann mayor, who earlier this month staved off four challengers in the general election, recently said that the city's mail service hasn't been the same since the U.S. Postal Service's Jonesboro sorting center shut down several years ago.
Mail is sorted through a sorting center in Memphis now. Mayor Barbara Lewallen and others aren't satisfied with the service, the Jonesboro Sun reported.
Frustration mounts as town hits 3 months without post office
CROYDON, Pa. (AP) — Three months after a fire closed their post office and with Christmas approaching, frustration is mounting for residents of one Pennsylvania town.
Officials say the post office in Croydon, outside Philadelphia, suffered mainly smoke damage in the Aug. 22 fire that heavily damaged an adjacent laundromat.
Oregon lawmaker worries some mailed votes may arrive late
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Voters in Oregon mail in their ballots or leave them in official boxes, but a Republican state lawmaker said Friday more mailed votes may arrive past deadline because of U.S. Postal Service cutbacks that have slowed mail delivery in rural — and primarily Republican — areas.
Sen. Brian Boquist wrote to Elections Director Steve Trout on Friday, saying he'd like to know how many late ballots arrive at county clerks' offices after the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline.
Former Armstrong team manager gets lifetime ban from cycling
Lance Armstrong's former team manager has been given a lifetime ban from cycling for his role in a doping program that helped Armstrong win the Tour de France seven times.
Johan Bruyneel had been serving a 10-year ban. In a letter posted on social media Wednesday, Bruyneel announced the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport had extended the ban for life.
Trump signs bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday to put an "extremely big dent" in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country's history.
Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids. Overall, U.S. drug overdose deaths have started to level off, but Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it's too soon to declare victory.
Postal Service probes how boxes of mail wound up in NY woods
SOMERS, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is investigating after several boxes of mail were found in the woods in New York's northern suburbs, marking the latest in a series of postal woes in the area.
China ‘regrets’ US leaving postal union amid trade dispute
BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized Washington's decision to leave the United Nations treaty that regulates international postage, amid a worsening trade dispute between the world's top two economies.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the move should not be linked to China, despite arguments that the arrangement especially benefits Chinese manufacturers by making it cheaper to ship packages from Beijing to New York than from one side of the U.S. to the other.
Amodei: Tahoe Reno Industrial Center to get its own zip code
RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei says the U.S. Postal Service is creating a new zip code just for Nevada's sprawling industrial park near Reno.
Amodei's office said Wednesday that the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center will be able to start using the 89437 zip code starting Nov. 10.
The Republican congressman worked with the Postal Service to get the new designation for the center, which is home to Google, Tesla and more.
Records: Man stole $630K in stamps to support gambling habit
KENNER, La. (AP) — A post office manager in Louisiana is accused of stealing more than $630,000 in stamps and selling them online to support a gambling addiction.
News outlets report 46-year-old Ryan Cortez was arrested Wednesday on charges including misappropriating postal funds or property. Federal prosecutors say this is one of the largest internal postal thefts in U.S. Postal Service history.
Postal Service proposes 5 cent increase to first-class stamp
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink.
If approved by regulators, the 10 percent increase to the cost of mailing a 1-ounce letter would be the biggest since 1991. The price of each additional ounce would go down, from 21 cents to 15 cents.
Workers rally amid White House push for postal changes
CHICAGO (AP) — Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private.
In Chicago, workers rallied Monday near a downtown post office, carrying signs reading "U.S. Mail, Not For Sale" and "We Belong To The People, Not Corporate America."
Reno workers protest proposed privatization of US Mail
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. postal workers and union members in Reno joined demonstrators nationally in a Columbus Day protest of proposals to privatize U.S. mail delivery.
Leslie Maxwell-Burton was among the Reno protesters who waved signs Monday at the federal building just south of the downtown casino district. She told KOLO-TV she fears privatization would cost her her job.
Hassan raises concerns about post office relocation
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan raised concerns this week about a proposal to move a U.S. post office from downtown Portsmouth.
Postal worker leaves mail on side of road, quits job
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.
Philly.com reports a New Jersey man made the odd discovery Sunday morning in Pennsauken. The man posted a picture of the missing mail on Facebook.
Letter mailed in Charleston for 7 cents may go for $20,000
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The two stamps used by a Charleston educator in 1850 together cost 7 cents, about $2.15 in today's money.
Next month, their relative rarity could make them worth $20,000 or more.
On Oct. 3, a New York auction house will sell off what is considered one of the nation's greatest stamp collections — a collection that could go for more than $10 million and which includes a unique bit of South Carolina's postal past.