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A New York City native, Mr. Potter, 55, has served in the Postal Service for 32 years and took over the top job at the agency in 2001.

Mr. Potter has served during a time that has seen the Postal Service struggle to deal with rising costs and declining mail volume as people switch over to the Internet.

The post office continues to face losses despite cuts in its spending and staff. It does not receive tax dollars for operations.

Currently, the agency is facing a $6 billion loss, and a request for a 2-cent increase in the price of a stamp was recently turned down by the independent Postal Regulatory Commission. The post office is appealing that decision.


Parties sue over write-in lists

ANCHORAGE | Alaska Democrats and Republicans finally agree on something: The state Division of Elections should not be providing voters with a list of write-in candidates at polling places.

The Alaska Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Alaska sued the Division of Elections on Monday, seeking a restraining order to immediately halt election workers from providing lists of write-in candidates to anyone who asks.

The matter is crucial this year as Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Joe Miller in the August GOP primary, mounts a write-in campaign for re-election.

Lawyer Thomas Daniel says state regulations are clear that information regarding a write-in candidate may not be “discussed, exhibited or provided” at the polling place.


Biden says police needed in fight

ORLANDO | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is urging police and local law enforcement to share information and be on alert in the fight against terrorism, saying “it’s the local cop who’s going to discover the terrorist.”

Mr. Biden addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference on Monday in Orlando. He said federal agencies need assistance from the local level to prevent terrorism.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano echoed those thoughts. She says the FBI is operating under the premise that the individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are already in the country and may be unknown to the intelligence community and federal authorities.

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