Postage rates rising, but not for most letters

(AP) - The post office is raising its rates startingSunday but don't worry, mailing that recipe to Aunt Mary or thebirthday card to Uncle Joe won't cost any more.

That's because the 44-cent price for sending a basic first-classletter will stay the same.

What's going up are other postal charges, such as the cost tosend that advertising that floods your mailbox, magazines andheavier items such as letters that weigh more than one ounce.

The 44-cent first-class rate is for the first ounce of a letter.If it weighs more than that, the second and third ounces will nowcost 20-cents each - up from 17 cents currently.

And the cost of a post card goes up a penny, to 29 cents.

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