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Wed May 9, 2012, 02:40 PM

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Source: Reuters

By Lily Kuo

WASHINGTON | Wed May 9, 2012 2:00pm EDT

(Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service said it is abandoning for now its plan to close thousands of post offices in rural locations and will instead keep them operating with shorter opening hours.

The cash-strapped agency faced significant backlash from Congress and communities last summer when it began considering about 3,600 post offices for closure this year.

Instead, now 13,000 post offices with low traffic will shorten their operations to between two and six hours a day.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/09/us-usa-postal-rural-idUSBRE8480YV20120509

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