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story.lead_photo.caption Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe speaks during a news conference at U.S. Postal Service headquarters on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2013 in Washington.

— The U.S. Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail deliveries beginning as soon as August to cut financial losses, according to a spokesman for the service.

The service, which lost $15.9 billion last year, would need congressional approval to end the Saturday deliveries.

The service would continue six-day deliveries of packages, the official said.

By ending the Saturday delivery of letters, the service would reduce costs by as much as $2 billion a year.


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  • GoBigRed
    February 6, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.

    I forgot to add, get a refund from Lance Armstrong..

  • AmericasDoomed
    February 6, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

    They can remove at least half of the post offices they have now for big cost reductions too. An office for 500 people is a waste of money.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    February 6, 2013 at 11:04 p.m.

    The dumbest idea out there is to privitize the delivery of US mail. That make work out well if you live in a BIG city. But for grandma in Tomato or Uncle Joe in Little Flock and mamma in Success, when they find out it will cost them $4.85 to sent that birthday card and it won't be picked up for two more days because they only deliver and pick-up mail in their town on Tuesday and Friday. Then they won't be so willing to allow someone to make themselves wealthy by over charging citizens to do what the USPS does for cents...
    If congress would stop padding their own pockets by creating special deals for their friends and allow the USPS to operate in an effective manner without the handcuffs congress put on them, maybe just maybe they could continue to do what they have done quite well since Ben Franklin established them..