U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

3:02pm

Wed April 24, 2013
Planet Money

Feds: Lance Armstrong 'Was Unduly Enriched At The Expense Of The United States'

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Between 1998 and 2004, Lance Armstrong's cycling team paid him nearly $18 million. Most of the team's money came from sponsorship fees paid by the U.S. Postal Service.

Because Armstrong used a bunch of banned, performance-enhancing drugs during that time, the USPS didn't get its money's worth out of the sponsorship — and Armstrong was "unduly enriched at the expense of the United States," according to a complaint the Department of Justice filed this week in federal court.

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10:00am

Wed April 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Mail Delivery After All

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:50 pm

A Chicago postal worker protests in support of Saturday mail delivery in February.
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The U.S. Postal Service has backed off a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery, saying that Congress has forced it to continue the service despite massive cost overruns.

In a statement released Wednesday, the USPS Board of Governors said restrictive language included in the latest Continuing Resolution, which keeps the government operating until September in lieu of a budget, prevents it from going ahead with the plan.

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3:41pm

Fri March 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:25 pm

Veteran USPS letter carrier Michael McDonald gathers mail to load into his truck before making his delivery run in the East Atlanta neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
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4:49am

Mon March 18, 2013
Around the Nation

60 Years Later, Army Private's Letter Arrives

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 10:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Sixty years ago, Pvt. Bob Rodgers arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., for training. He wrote his wife a letter. He said all he did was, quote, "shine boots, shine boots and shine more boots - and brass and more brass."

Sixty years later, the Postal Service finally delivered that letter to Jean Rodgers. A postmaster says she has no idea why it took so long. But the postmaster adds the important part of it is, it did get delivered.

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2:24pm

Thu February 21, 2013
NPR Story

Man's Ashes Take Trip Across The Country

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 8:26 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And now, a story from Washington state; a story about one family's unexpected odyssey. Seventy-three-year-old Kevin O'Grady had recently died in Seattle, where one of his two daughters lives. She mailed her father's ashes across the state to her sister, Katy, in Spokane. That's where their father, an Air Force veteran, was to be buried with military honors.

But after several days, Katy had yet to receive the ashes.

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