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El Doroado Hills man fed up with thefts uses ‘bait box’

baitAn El Dorado Hills homeowner upset about ongoing package thefts in his neighborhood decided to take matters into his own hands. “We’ve had UPS and Fed Ex packages disappearing from our doorsteps,” he said Friday.  “This has been occurring for the past month or so.” So the man, who asked to remain anonymous, set out […]

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:19 am

Time, People magazines to cut circulation

timepeopleTime and People magazines are planning to cut their circulation guarantees to advertisers, AdAge reports. Time is cutting its circulation guarantee by 250,000 copies per issue, down to 3 million. People will take a smaller cut of just 50,000 issues, down to 3.425 million. The magazines, both owned by Time Inc., recognized that large subscriber […]

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:15 am

FedEx Ground driver in stable condition after shooting

FEDEXInvestigators are working countless hours trying the find the man they say opened fire on a FedEx ground driver with a high-powered rifle southeast of the Memphis International Airport. The victim, Edwin Lamont Ray, was transported to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where he has since been listed as stable. Carlos Jackson lives around the […]

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:02 am

Report: FBI’s anthrax investigation was flawed

fbiThe FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI’s conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator. The 77-page report from the Government Accountability Office says the […]

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:00 am

Truck driver hospitalized in crash; rollover empties Christmastime packages across roadway

usps crash 001 900_1418901492018_11338792_ver1.0_640_480A driver was hospitalized Thursday morning when his truck crashed and rolled. Packages were strewn across the roadway. The Penske rental truck was carrying hundreds of Christmastime packages that appeared to include markings from the USPS.  Many of the boxes showed the Amazon logo. Eastbound lanes of Gibsonton Drive were closed at Kenda Drive while […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:22 pm

Texas Post Office employee contracts Tuberculosis

world-tuberculosis-day_24-3-2013A Victoria postal worker was recently diagnosed with an infectious disease, which makes it the first case of tuberculosis this year in the county. TB is spread through the air from one person to another but officials assure this doesn’t cause a significant health risk to the public. The U.S. Postal Service is monitoring the […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:21 pm

Residents are getting more nighttime visits from postal carriers

uspsdarkAn audit published earlier this year by the Postal Service said that mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem in some parts of the country and cited staffing shortages as the main reason. The audit found that Washington, D.C., and parts of Atlanta and Miami had some of the highest rates of […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 1:19 pm

USPS sets records for package deliveries, online visits

recordThe Postal Service made history in recent days, setting records for package delivery and online visits as the peak holiday season kicked into overdrive. On Dec. 15, USPS delivered 27.9 million packages, the most single-day package deliveries in the organization’s 239-year history. On the same day, usps.com received a record 7 million visits. The records […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 5:06 am

USPS pilot has employees connecting with customers on Twitter

twitter-new-hashtag-pages-are-for-events-not-brands-c8320d8342The Postal Service is piloting a Social Media Operations Center to help holiday customers on Twitter. Through the end of last week, the center was handling 1,000 daily customer messages, also known as “tweets.” Many tweets are about package and mail tracking or delivery. “People are noticing we’re online and ready to help, and they […]

Posted on 20 December 2014 | 12:02 am

USPS Faces Criticism over Sunday Delivery Service for Amazon

sunday-delivery-cropUSPS trucks are pulling up to front doors on Sundays to deliver holiday orders to Amazon shoppers. But some postal workers say it’s too much to handle. “The U.S. Postal Service is straining to keep up with the volume of packages being delivered on Sundays, with some carriers complaining of 12-hour days and weeks without […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:59 pm

Retired mailman wins lotto playing fortune cookie numbers

fortune_cookieA retired mailman scooped a spectacular $200,000 lotto jackpot by playing lucky numbers he found inside a fortune cookie three years ago. Martin Fuentes was eating Chinese takeout with his mom at his Des Plaines, Illinois, home in 2011 when he first saw the series of digits, reports ABC News. His mother, who died last […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:58 pm

Lance Armstrong co-defendants reach settlement in USPS case

Lance_ArmstrongTwo of Lance Armstrong’s longtime business associates have agreed to pay $500,000 to the United States government as part of a conditional settlement in a lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. Bill Stapleton, Armstrong’s longtime agent, and Barton Knaggs, Armstrong’s longtime business partner, also have agreed to pay $100,000 to the law office […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:53 pm

USPS Tells Customers: Get Postal Discounts at Staples

staplesboycott12/19/2014 – Postal management has launched a new offensive – one that clearly reveals the sinister goals of its no-bid deal with Staples. The Postal Service has sent a mass mailing to “postal customers” advertising 20 percent discounts on USPS shipping services. But the coupon glued inside isn’t for use at your neighborhood Post Office. […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:50 pm

EMA will decrease to 69.5 cents per mile effective January 10th, 2015

stricter-gasoline-standards-660On December 17, 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November 2014 Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which established the Private Transportation Index at 202.132, a decrease from the August 2014 Index of 216.102. Based on this release, the Equipment Maintenance Allowance for rural carriers will decrease by […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:46 pm

United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell

studio6small_smUnited States Postal Service’s Operation Santa, the popular holiday program where thousands of volunteers work with Post Offices to respond to letters from needy children of all ages listing their holiday wishes, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to celebrate 102 years of helping make children’s holiday wishes come true. In honor of […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:45 pm

Man feels shortchanged over mailbox regulations

boxAs the snowfall slowed and the temperature hoovered around 30 degrees, an 82-year-old Woodson man was outside digging a 2 foot hole in the hard ground to replace a mailbox post that would allow him to receive his mail at his residence. For more than a week, William Suttles has had to drive the eight […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:42 pm

Obama Signs TSP Bill Into Law

tspIt’s official: New federal employees automatically will be enrolled in a more diverse, age-appropriate retirement fund rather than the safer government securities offering. President Obama signed the bipartisan Smart Savings Act into law on Thursday, along with a raft of other bills. The law changes the default enrollment fund in the Thrift Savings Plan for new […]

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 11:38 pm