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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the other three Republican candidates are scheduled to debate Feb. 22 in Mesa, Ariz.

Arizona and Michigan hold primaries on Feb. 28.

Mr. Romney’s campaign noted Thursday that its candidate already has been in 20 debates.

CONGRESS

Post office expects $18B annual loss

The Postal Service is warning it will lose as much as $18.2 billion each year by 2015 if Congress doesn’t give it leeway to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and make other service cuts.

In a letter to Congress, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe describes a five-year business plan that reiterates the mail agency’s proposals to switch to five-day delivery, close up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,700 local post offices and slow delivery of first-class mail.

He says the proposals would allow the agency to save $20 billion a year by 2015 and repay its $12.9 billion debt to the Treasury.

In contrast, he says unless Congress acts soon, the Postal Service will incur significant annual losses and become a “long-term burden to the American taxpayer.”

FTC

Regulators say parents need more info on apps

Children have easy and inexpensive access to hundreds of smartphone applications, but parents are in the dark about what personal information is being collected from their children and how companies are using the data, government regulators said Thursday.

The Federal Trade Commission said companies that make mobile apps, and the stores that sell them, should be providing parents with basic, simple-to-understand information about their products so they can choose which apps their children can use. The report also says developers should disclose whether their apps connect with social-media services or include advertisements.

Mobile apps can automatically capture smartphone information, such as a person’s location, phone number, call logs and personal contacts.

The market for mobile apps has exploded over the past few years, according to the FTC. In 2008, there were about 600 apps available to smartphone users. Now there are hundreds of thousands that have been downloaded more than 28 billion times, the commission said.

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