Thursday, June 21, 2018

Cost of U.S. postage stamp going up 1 cent

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.

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Tampa Bay job centers gave away millions in credit cards and boosted hiring totals

Tampa Bay job centers gave away millions in credit cards and boosted hiring totals

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Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

Editorial: Congress should ban splitting kids, parents

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Gabby Giffords to campaign with Vern Buchanan opponent David Shapiro

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Bill Nelson’s new digital ad takes aim at ‘Oil Slick Rick’

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The Daystarter: CareerSource used credit cards to boost hiring totals; report says Winston suspension coming; Hedman wins Norris Trophy; get ready for Pride

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Iraqi court endorses manual recount for May election

Iraq's Supreme Federal Court has issued a ruling that endorses manual recount for all ballots from last month's national elections as stipulated by a law passed by parliament in response to complaints of widespread fraud
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The Latest: Thiago Silva to lead Brazil v Costa Rica

The Latest: Thiago Silva to lead Brazil v Costa Rica

Defender Thiago Silva will be Brazil's captain in Friday's match against Costa Rica
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Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

Merkel pledges $100M loan for troubled Jordan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promises $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures had forced prime minister to resign
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About 200 suspected poisoned by pesticides in Azerbaijan

Health officials in Azerbaijan say that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields
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Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Sepp Blatter came to Moscow to see Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention
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