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DAILY CHRONICLE VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS Kathy Hines, a U.S. Postal Service employee in Clare, Ill., processes a customer's order Aug. 23. The office is on a Postal Service list to be evaluated for possible closure as the agency continues to move toward bankruptcy.

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These handout images provided by the US Postal Service show forever stamps honoring Latin musical giants, from left, Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda and Celia Cruz. The stamps go on sale on Wednesday. (AP Photo/USPS)

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U.S. Postal Service carrier Alyson Edwards of Woolwich, Maine, battles below-zero temperatures while delivering mail in Richmond, Maine, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

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Firetrucks and emergency vehicles are parked near a U.S. Postal Service mail facility in northeast Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. A fire department spokesman said a suspicious package reported at the mail facility was not a threat. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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This handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows a postage stamp honoring jazz appreciation forever, a design which is included in the 2011 US postage stamps collection. (AP Photo/USPS)

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U.S. Postal Service employees Sandy Platz, center, and Mariela Rendon, left, share a laugh as Platz shows the drawing of a reindeer decorated with bandages while sorting letters addressed to Santa Claus at a post office in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/)

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Although this preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the 2011 Reagan birth centennial postage stamp will bear a "forever" inscription when issued on Feb. 10, 2011. The stamp will always be valid for mailing a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service said. (Photo copyright 2010, U.S. Postal Service)

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Although this preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the 2011 Reagan birth centennial postage stamp will bear a "forever" inscription when issued on Feb. 10, 2011. The stamp will always be valid for mailing a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service said. (Photo copyright 2010, U.S. Postal Service)

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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE The nation's 73rd U.S. postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, starts work Friday in the midst of its worst financial crisis in history.

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The U.S. Postal Service in 2010 issued a 44-cent first-class stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. (AP Photo/U.S. Postal Service)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS This undated handout image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the new "forever" stamps. The post office wants to increase the price of a stamp by 2 cents to 46 cents starting in January. The agency has been battered by massive losses and declining mail volume and faces a financial crisis.

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BLOOMBERG NEWS General Motors Corp. is shifting its resources toward higher-mileage vehicles such as the Chevrolet Uplander, a flexible-fuel vehicle customized for the U.S. Postal Service.