Postal Rates Increase Today

The cost of mailing a card or letter goes up two cents today, to 41 cents.

The new "forever" stamp is also available. It will remain
valid regardless of any future rate increase.

There is a break on the cost of mailing a letter that weighs
more than one once. The cost for each additional ounce drops to 17
cents, so heavier letters such as wedding invitations will cost
less to mail. The rate had been 24 cents per extra ounce.

Because most post offices were closed yesterday, officials say
items that were dropped in a box that will not be collected until
today should have the higher postage on them. However, the post
office does not plan a rash of returns for insufficient postage.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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