Cost of stamp going up 1 cent
Beginning Sunday, the price of first-class postage will increase from 44 cents to 45. The price change, the first postage markup since 2009, was announced in October. The price increase is intended to raise revenue for the struggling United States Postal Service, which faces a projected $238 billion deficit in the next decade, postal service officials have said. Among the other changes taking effect Sunday, the cost of mailing a postcard will increase 3 cents, to 32 cents.
Rushdie cancels visit amid threat
The controversial Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie canceled his visit to an Indian literary festival Friday in the town of Jaipur after authorities warned he was a target for assassination, following protests from local Muslim groups. Senior Muslim clerics and some lawmakers had called for Rushdie to be banned from entering the country for the festival, Asia's largest. The calls reignited the controversy over his 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.