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The US Postal Service announce First Phase of Facility Consolidations to start this August

Processing & Distributuion Center (P&DC) - Credit USPS

(Best Syndication News) - The US Postal Service announced that they would move ahead with a modified plan to consolidate 461 mail-processing locations over a 9-month period. The consolidation is expected to reduce $1.2 billion in costs.

During the first-phase of the consolidation, there will be 140 consolidations that will go on through February of 2013. The consolidating will commence start in August with 48 locations that mostly handle transferring mail processing from smaller to larger locations. Then there is no planned consolidation between September and December 2012 because they are anticipating larger mail volume because of the elections and high priority mail volume during the holidays. The consolidations will start again in the early part of 2013. The Postal Service will start notifying around 5,000 employees starting next week if they are affected from the consolidations that will happen this summer.

Amazon.com announces the Cities that Read the Most List for 2012

Open book and USA map - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced their annual Most Well-Read Cities in America list for 2012. The company uses the number of sales of books, magazines, and newspapers in cities with populations over 100,000 to name the top 20 cities that read the most.

The city that has the most readers, according to Amazon.com, is Alexandria, Virginia. Following in second place is Cambridge, Massachusetts. Third place went to Berkeley, California. See the complete list below.

Three sizeable Earthquakes shake in Mexico

credit: USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - Three sizable earthquakes shook offshore and in Mexico today. The tremors occurred offshore of Baja California Sur, the Michoacan Region, and offshore of Chiapas, with magnitude ratings of 5.0, 5.7, and 6.0 respectively, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurred off the shores of the coast of Baja California Sur at 08:44:37 a.m., local time to the event. The city of Cabo San Lucas was 114 miles from the epicenter. The USGS recorded the location at 21.816°N, 108.437°W. Since the earthquake was far enough offshore, there was not any reports of people feeling the tremor.

The second 5.7 magnitude earthquake happened at 11:38:01 a.m. (local time) in the Michoacan region of Mexico. The nearest city Arcelia, Guerrero, was only 43 miles away from the epicenter. Mexico City was only 128 miles from the earthquake. The USGS received reports of people feeling it in Mexico City as weak to light shaking for the most part. Some people closer to the epicenter reported sustaining light to moderate damage.

HGTV Green Home Giveaway 2012 is located near Atlanta

screenshot of HGTV.com Green Home Giveaway 2012 website

(Best Syndication News) - HGTV has started the 2012 Green Home Giveaway today and on tonight will air a TV special touring the environmentally friendly house. This year’s home is in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, which is just outside of Atlanta. One lucky person will win the 2,300-square-foot home, $100,000, and a 2012 GMC ® Terrain ® vehicle.

The style of the home is a modern family farmhouse that has influence of the Southeast culture and architecture. The three bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home, uses environmentally friendly products such as solar panels, concrete countertops, and recycled rugs.

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Baja California, Mexico

Baja California, Mexico Earthquake Map April 12, 2012 - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Baja California, Mexico at 12:15:48 AM local time to the event this Thursday morning. Preceding this earthquake just minutes earlier, at 12:06:01 AM local time, was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the same area.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake was located at 28.841°N, 113.072°W, while the 6.9 magnitude earthquake's location was at 28.790°N, 113.142°W. There have been a few aftershocks of 4.2, 4.4, and 4.9 magnitude ratings.

Residents in the city of San Luis reported the 6.9 magnitude as being strong and having some light to moderate damage to property. People as far away as San Diego reported feeling the tremor.

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