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  • Postal Service gets boost from election

    At least someone likes junk mail.

    The U.S. Postal Service, which is struggling with debt and low cash flow, has received a boost due to the tons of political mail being sent this election season, including pieces from Super PACs, which are willing to pay the highest postage rates, according to CNN.

    "We do expect election mail and the current holiday mailing season to help us get through this month's low point in our cash flow," USPS spokesman David Partenheimer told CNN, while admitting that the "liquidity situation" for the USPS is still "serious."

    The U.S. postal service is struggling with debt and low cash flow. (The Atlantic Wire)

    The post office lost $5.1 billion in its 2011 fiscal year, after experiencing a 5.8 percent decline in revenue for first-class mail, according to the Washington Post. The Post goes on to say "earlier this year, it was forced to default on two payments due to the Treasury totaling $11.1 billion for future retiree health benefits because it lacked sufficient cash reserves."

    Now the USPS appears to have found a reprieve, after candidates,

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  • Television host and actor Gary Collins dies at age 74

    Gary Collins, the former Miss America emcee who was also a television actor and host, has died at the age of 74.

    The Biloxi, Miss., resident died of natural causes just before 1 a.m. Saturday at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told the Associated Press.

    Gary Collins on October 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Jesse Grant/WireImage)

    Collins's acting career began in the 1960s, when he appeared in several movies and TV shows, including "The Wackiest Ship in the Army." He starred in the 1970s TV series "The Sixth Sense" and hosted the television show "Hour Magazine" from 1980-88, for which the six-time Emmy Award nominee took home the prize as Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1983. He also served as the master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant from 1985-89.

    Collins is also known for his guest appearances on a variety of television shows, including "Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Alice," and "Marcus Welby, MD."

    Born in 1938 in Venice, Calif., Collins's interest in acting started when served in the

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  • Romney raises $12 million after the debate

    Mitt Romney has received tangible evidence that his debate performance Wednesday night was a success, receiving $12 million in online contributions, according to the Wall Street Journal, which quotes the Republican presidential nominee's campaign.

    The Journal goes on to say that Romney's campaign has also received a bump in volunteers and larger crowds at his events.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at their first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Colo. on Oct. 3, 2012. (FOX News Videos)

    The first face-to-face debate between Romney and President Barack Obama was seen on television by an estimated 67.2 million people, and, according to an account by the Associated Press, was "arguably the best 90 minutes of (Romney's) candidacy thus far."

    While polls leading up to the debate showed Romney falling behind Obama, the president's lead has shrunk to two percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

    [Related: Debate, jobs report shake up presidential race]

    "One in five voters said the Democrat's performance in the contest in Denver on Wednesday made them feel more negative about him

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  • Hingis wins Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes

    Five times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday as she teamed with India's Leander Paes to beat last year's winners France's Kristina Mladenovic and Canada's Daniel Nestor 6-4 6-3. Hingis, a three-time winner of the women's singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women's doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006.

  • Super Bowl Sunday kicks off with scandal and spectacle
    Super Bowl Sunday kicks off with scandal and spectacle

    The Super Bowl kicks off Sunday as American football seeks to put a scandal-plagued season behind it, with this year's spectacle featuring a Katy Perry concert, ultra-expensive commercials and a compelling clash between Seattle and New England. The extravaganza is expected to draw a whopping 115 million viewers -- or about one in three Americans -- and amounts to an unofficial holiday in the United States, where even those with no interest in the sport gather at countless Super Bowl parties. This year's championship comes with the National Football League battling back from a season of turmoil, accused of complacency and even conspiracy in its handling of issues ranging from domestic violence to concussion dangers. The latest controversy -- accusations that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs -- has dominated news coverage in the days leading up to the game.

  • Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic's physical problems in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose 12 of the last 13 games. After leveling at one-set apiece, Murray led 2-0 in the third but collapsed to lose the match 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, his fourth defeat in Australian Open finals and third to Djokovic.

  • Seahawks repeat would be a scary prospect for NFL
    Seahawks repeat would be a scary prospect for NFL

    PHOENIX (AP) — Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:

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