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U.S. Postal Service to Close More Than 3,000 Post Offices

Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Postal Service could close more than 3,000 post offices across the country, according to the Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

A news conference will be held Tuesday to discuss possible closures and introduce a new concept for a post office replacement system

The Wall Street Journal reports that some 3,653 post offices -- mostly in small communities -- may close their doors in 2011 as they receive the "least amount of foot traffic and retail sales." The closures would benefit local businesses that could provide the postal services to the community instead.

Over the next decade, the Postal Regulatory Commission will review 16,000 of its existing 32,000 post offices for possible closure, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Package Ignites in DC: Homeland Security Chief Targeted

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A package addressed to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited Friday at a Washington, D.C. postal facility. The package looked "similar" to the book-sized envelopes that detonated in Maryland on Thursday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear whether the incidents were related and whether the same person sent all three packages.

DC Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said "there was popping, smoking, a brief flash of fire and then it extinguished itself."  No injuries were reported and the building was evacuated as a precautionary measure.  U.S. postal service spokeswoman Irene Lericos said that the building is an annex that handles U.S. government mail.

On Thursday, a pair of incendiary devices in small packages, including one addressed to the governor of Maryland, erupted within hours of each other inside two government office buildings in Maryland. The detonations injured two people but there were no major injuries. Those devices -- similar in construction to ones recently mailed to embassies in Rome and in Greece -- were described by one official as "terror vandalism," that are "intended to scare, and hurt you a bit, but not kill." Officials described them as powered by a small battery linked to an electric match and a switch.  A message linked to the devices suggested they were sent by someone who was angry with the government's terror warnings, sources told ABC News.

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Post Office Expects 40% More Volume in Holiday Mail Traffic

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Get ready for long lines at the post office.  Monday is likely to be the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Service.  It is expecting to handle 800 million pieces of mail during the day, 40 percent more than the normal daily volume. 

Officials say if you get your cards and packages in the system by Tuesday, you have a pretty good chance of getting them to their destinations in time for Christmas.

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Postal Service Suspends Acceptance of Intl. Mail from Yemen

Photo Courtesy - Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended acceptance of inbound international mail originating in Yemen effective Saturday, Oct. 30.

The service suspension has been issued in response to the potential threat posed by suspicious packages arriving in the U.S. aboard international flights originating in Yemen.

The Postal Service has also heightened awareness among its employees, and remains vigilant in ensuring its security processes are adhered to in the acceptance of international mail arriving in the U.S. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service continues to monitor the situation as part of its mission to protect the Postal Service, its employees and its customers.

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