Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Oct. 29, 2018 / 2:36 PM GMT / Updated Oct. 29, 2018 / 6:51 PM GMT By Pete Williams, Jonathan Dienst and David K. Li Another suspicious package was sent to CNN — the third mailed to the network in a week — and intercepted at an Atlanta post office, officials said on Monday. A U.S. Post Office at 400 Pryor Street SW was evacuated shortly after calls came to local police at 9:30 a.m., officials said. The bomb squads of both the FBI and Atlanta police rushed to the scene, which is about 1.2 miles from CNN headquarters in Atlanta, according to federal officials. The piece of mail was removed, rendered safe and sent to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, authorities said. An FBI spokesman on Monday morning declined to speculate if this package could be the work of suspect Cesar Sayoc. But hours later, the FBI … [Read more...] about New suspicious package addressed to CNN discovered at Atlanta post office
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Susan Ferriss, The Washington Post Published 7:09 am PDT, Sunday, August 19, 2018 Tameika Lovell was retrieving luggage at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport when Customs and Border Protection officers detained her for a random search. It was Nov. 27, 2016, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the school counselor from Long Island had just returned from a short Jamaica vacation. Lovell, who is black, had been stopped before, but this time a CBP supervisor began asking questions she hadn't heard previously. "Don't you think you're spending too much money traveling?" Lovell, 34, recalls a CBP supervisor asking. What happened next is the subject of a harrowing lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Inside a secure room, Lovell's litigation alleges, a female CBP officer searched Lovell's belongings, presumably for illegal drugs, and asked if she was using a tampon or sanitary pad. The question upset her, but Lovell replied … [Read more...] about In horrifying detail, women accuse U.S. customs officers of invasive body searches
New York's junior member of the U.S. Senate would like to see a bank in every one of the more than 30,000 U.S. Post Office branches across the country. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic senator, Friday announced she has introduced legislation to that effect during a stop at PUSH Buffalo headquarters on Grant Street. Gillibrand's bill is a long-shot – she is still working on getting bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled Senate. But, she is adamant that such legislation is necessary to relieve residents in communities such as those PUSH serves from being captives of predatory lenders. "Right now, all across the country – including right here in Western New York – there are millions of families that are deprived of their hard-earned money, basically, because they don't have access to banking," Gillibrand said. Since the 2008 recession, she said, most of the banks that have closed have left low-income neighborhoods, particularly communities … [Read more...] about Gillibrand seeks a bank branch in every Post Office
What happens when you turn U.S. post offices into banks? There's a new proposal in Congress to do just that. And if it gets bipartisan support (and actually works), it's meant to provide banking to millions of low-income Americans. The latest stats show 7 percent of U.S. households don't even have a bank account. Another 20 percent turn to expensive and often predatory options like payday lenders, which give short-term loans with huge interest payments.SEE MORE: Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Health Care Plan, ExplainedSen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York put together a postal banking plan to change that. And other senators in support of that plan have had their sights set on payday lenders for years.Now, there are a couple different ways Congress could build banking into the U.S. Postal Service. The first approach would just cover the basics. That means offering low-dollar checking accounts and debit cards to low-income earners. That would at least offer basic … [Read more...] about Could US Post Offices Become Banks? Here’s How The Plan Would Work
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Eli Rosenberg by Eli Rosenberg Email the author May 11 at 8:11 PM Email the author The U.S. Postal Service says that its large financial losses are caused by market forces and governmental constraints but not Amazon.com, in a release of its quarterly statistics that stood in contrast to pointed statements made by President Trump. Trump made waves in March when he declared that the Postal Service was losing money on every package it delivered for Amazon and falsely asserted that The Washington Post was a lobbyist for the company, before ordering a review of the service’s finances. While we are … [Read more...] about Trump said Amazon cost the USPS ‘billions.’ But the post office has a different explanation.