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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe gestures during a news conference on changes to the Postal Service that could potentially save as much as $3 billion, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday it has lost $5.1 billion in the past year, pushing it closer to imminent default on a multibillion-dollar payment and to future bankruptcy as the weak economy and increased Internet use drive down mail volume.

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