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Zones for drones

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Amazon has proposed that a slice of airspace above the world’s major cities should be reserved for high-speed, high-tech drones that can navigate safely with virtually no human interference. Speaking at a NASA UTM Convention in California yesterday (28 July),  Gur Kimchi, who heads up the Amazon Prime Air programme, set out how the online retailer […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:39 pm

Support a Harmon Killebrew stamp and you could win a year’s worth of root beer

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Minnesota-based Killebrew Root Beer is sweetening the pot for supporters of the movement to put the company’s namesake, Minnesota Twins legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew, on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.  The soda producer says it will give one year’s worth of root beer to one lucky signer of a this online petition supporting the Killebrew […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:39 pm

Bigger mailboxes are a hit, CBS reports

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The larger mailboxes being tested by the Postal Service are proving popular with customers and employees alike.“I’m able to drive up, open the door, scan the package and the mail, and put it all in one centrally located spot,” Newhall, CA, Letter Carrier Ron Ronaldi says in a new CBS report. (Some employees may be […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:38 pm

The Inspectors – Postal-themed TV drama to debut this fall

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The Postal Inspection Service, one of the nation’s oldest law enforcement agencies, is getting its own television show. CBS will air “The Inspectors” Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., beginning Oct. 3. The half-hour scripted drama is geared toward a general audience.“ ‘The Inspectors’ is a story that allows us to have a vessel to teach the […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:36 pm

Texas Rural Carrier spruces up Post Office grounds

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For more than a year, Rural Carrier Darla Kelsey devoted her personal time and expertise to single-handedly making the Belton, TX, Post Office a little more beautiful. She took the initiative to brighten the landscape for the premises, including designing new garden areas and doing the spadework. “I do it because I like it. I […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:35 pm

Traditional retailers offering same-day deliveries

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More retailers are delivering products on the day customers order them, further raising the stakes in the increasingly competitive shipping business. Macy’s, which offers same-day deliveries in eight cities, will soon expand the service, Reuters reported last week. The deliveries will be made by contract drivers from Deliv, an Uber-like startup. Macy’s joins Nordstrom, Wal-Mart […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:33 pm

Federal Courts says Envelope’s Display of Bar Code With Embedded Account Number Violates Fair Debt Collection Act 

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A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s account number was embedded. In Kostik v. ARS National Services, Inc., the plaintiff alleged that the debt collector had […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:31 pm

Why 15% of Americans Still Don’t Have the Internet 

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For many of us Internet service is a fact of modern life. While we may not like the monthly bills, like our phones and electricity, we can’t imagine living without it.But, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, there is a small minority of Americans—about 15%—who still aren’t online. While that’s down from roughly […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:31 pm

Help save Napa’s historic post office from the wrecking ball | Save the Post Office

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is once again taking on the Postal Service.  After successfully challenging the sale of the Berkeley post office earlier this year, the Trust is now trying to save the historic Franklin Station post office in Napa, California.  The post office, an Art Deco gem built in 1933, was damaged […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:30 pm

Mail Left Unattended In Winter Haven, FL Post Office Lobby

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Sunday is the only day of the week mail isn’t delivered, but on Sunday residents could have helped themselves to mail left out in the lobby of the post office. The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that surveillance video was reviewed and no mail was stolen after it was left unattended in an area open […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:29 pm

Utah Boy Who Asked for ‘Junk Mail’ to Read Gets Over 500 Book Donations 

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A Utah postal carrier says he recently had a “life-changing” encounter during a delivery route when he met a 12-year-old boy who was reading grocery store advertisements because he said he didn’t have any real books to read.”I was putting mail in the individual boxes for the apartment residents last Thursday when I heard this […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:28 pm

Teen Accused of Trying to Steal Postal Worker’s Master Key 

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Police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a postal worker for his master key but was stopped in his tracks.Yunior Blanco, 19, will be facing charges in federal court, a place he is familiar with. He was on probation for stealing mail when he ran into trouble again on Wednesday.Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash Caught on Camera: FHPU.S. Postal […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:27 pm

PRC Resolves Issues on Remand in Exigent Rate Case

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Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 2623to address issues presented in the exigent rate case that was recently remanded to the Commission by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers v. Postal Regulatory Commission, 2015 WL 3513394 (D.C. Cir. June 5, […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:26 pm

Lowes post office closed due to mold, moisture 

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The Lowes, Kentucky, post office was temporarily closed earlier this month, a spokesperson for the United States Post Office says, because a leaky roof caused water damage the building along with a possible mold problem.People living in Lowes hope the closure isn’t permanent.While the lobby’s still open, the Lowes post office has been closed for almost three weeks, and […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:25 pm

Get it while you can: The PRC to rule on exigent rate case – How long will the surcharge go on?

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Any day now, the Postal Regulatory Commission is expected to issue an order regarding the exigent rate increase.  Judging by the comments that have been filed by the Postal Service and the mailers, the Commission is likely to rule that the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge will be extended by several months, perhaps longer.The Commission will […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:24 pm

Self Plus One FEHB Questions Answered

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If you are an employee and choose a self plus one enrollment during the 2015 open season, your enrollment change will be effective with the first pay period of 2016. Open season enrollments for annuitants are always effective on the first day of the year following the end of the open season.Moving from one enrollment […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:23 pm

Texas Post office worker arrested after threatening co-workers

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A U.S. Post Office worker has been arrested for threatening his co-workers.Arsenio Viray Manansala, 52, was arrested at a U.S. Post Office on Mark IV Parkway Monday just after 6:30 p.m.Police say in their report that Manansala called the post office and “threatened to shoot another employee and anyone that gets in his way.”Investigators arrested […]

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Posted on 29 July 2015 | 6:21 pm