Slower U.S. mail standards take effect Friday

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plan takes effect Friday to slow down some first-class mail deliveries as part of efforts to cut red ink as the U.S. Congress continues to consider a financial relief package for the cash-strapped Post Office. The new standards, which were finalized in August, revise existing one- to three-day service standards to one to five days and will impact about 40% of first-class mail. Delivery standards will be slower for about 7% of periodicals. Some major U.S. businesses are sending notices telling customers to account for addit…

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