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In brief: First-class postage to rise to 45 cents

Washington – It’ll cost a penny more to mail a letter next year.

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will increase postage rates on Jan. 22, including a 1-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail, to 45 cents.

The current 44-cent rate has been in effect since May 2009. Other prices will also change including:

• Postcards will go up 3 cents to 32 cents.

• Letters to Canada and Mexico will increase a nickel to 85 cents.

• Letters to other foreign countries will go up 7 cents to $1.05.

The post office lost $8 billion in fiscal 2010.

ICE deported record number

Miami – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said Tuesday his agency deported nearly 400,000 individuals during the fiscal year that ended in September, the largest number of removals in the agency’s history.

Morton announced the Fiscal 2011 numbers in Washington, saying about 55 percent of those deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions.

Among the 396,906 individuals deported were more than 1,000 convicted of homicide. Another 5,800 were sexual offenders, and about 80,000 people convicted of drug related crimes or driving under the influence.



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