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Postal service delays closures until mid-May

Toby Talbot / AP

The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay the closure of hundreds of post offices around the country, thereby giving about 100,000 employees a bit more time before they lose their jobs.

About 100,000 postal service employees can breathe a shallow sigh of relief. The U.S. Postal Service has agreed to delay shutting 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The cash-strapped agency, which is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year, announced last week it was moving forward on cutbacks. It had planned to begin closing processing centers as early as April, and shutter some post offices early next year.

A group of senators planned to announce the agreement Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid preempting the announcement.

Last Thursday, a group of 18 Senate Democrats signed a letter to congressional leaders asking them to add language to legislation that would halt closings for six months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.