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PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is delaying until May a vote on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays as Scouts and adult leaders. Any eventual decision is likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy nominee Ryan Truesdell felt like a "jazz archaeologist" as he sifted through thousands of pages of manuscripts in a safe in the apartment of renowned jazz composer-arranger Gil Evans, best known for his collaborations with Miles Davis. "It was like being the Indiana Jones of jazz, only without the boulder coming out after you," said the 32-year-old Truesdell. "I was sitting in a dusty room and going through papers from the '40s and all of a sudden finding all these gems."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The answer to the trivia question will be: "Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch." That's the 25-billionth song purchased on iTunes. Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13, 500.
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters isn't "scratching too much" from chickenpox, but she says she won't be back at "The View" for three more weeks. Walters phoned into the ABC talk show Wednesday. Calling from her home, she reported that she's weak but not in any pain.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The annual international ArtPrize competition in Michigan is going on the road to seek pitches from Minnesota artists or curators for a prominent display at this year's event. Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize, on Wednesday announced a partnership with Walker Art Center in Minneapolis called ArtPrize Pitch Night. Following an open call, five artists or curators from Minnesota will compete for $5,000 to install their work at the Gillett Bridge in Grand Rapids, Mich.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Wanted is trying to keep it real: The boy band has signed on to do a reality series on E! The British fivesome announced Wednesday that their show will debut in June. A press release said the behind-the-scene series will be "unvarnished" and "nonglossy." The Wanted broke onto the U.S. music scene with the Top 5 hit "Glad You Came." They dropped their self-titled U.S. debut EP last year, and have released two successful albums and multiple singles in the United Kingdom.
NEW YORK (AP) — Madison Square Garden Co.'s fiscal second-quarter net income soared 83 percent, bolstered by higher ad revenue from its media division and lower expenses. MSG owns and operates sports teams including the New York Knicks of the NBA and the New York Rangers of the NHL. Its business also includes the MSG sports and Fuse music television networks, and venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll use his State of the State address to explain and defend his budget proposal. Dayton says his speech will clarify misconceptions about his tax proposals. He'll frame his budget as a tough but necessary way to solve the state's $1.1 billion deficit while investing in other priorities like education. He's due to give his third annual address before the Legislature at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Little Falls teenager has been charged with burglarizing the home of a man in the months before he allegedly shot and killed two other teens who broke into his house. Seventeen-year-old Cody Kasper was charged Tuesday in connection with two burglaries at the home of Byron Smith. The 64-year-old Smith is charged in the Thanksgiving Day slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.