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If you're having difficulty ordering your free COVID at-home tests you're not alone. The US Postal Service acknowledged delays with a "small percentage of orders" on Thursday.

On Monday, the White House launched its website COVIDTests.gov, where Americans can order up to 4 tests kit per household at no cost. The tests will be shipped through the USPS for free.

But some people are unable to place orders because the website won't recognize their apartment number. Others are told an order was already placed for their address because a roommate placed an order.

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Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer confirmed the agency was seeing delays in orders due to multiple issues.

"The Postal Service is seeing very limited cases of addresses that are not registered as multi-unit buildings which could lead to COVID test kit ordering difficulties," Partenheimer said. He said the USPS recommends filing a service request at https://emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal-store-inquiry or contacting our help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Julian Randall, who lives in an apartment building in Garfield Park, said he was having issues placing an order.

"I've tried everything under the sun and every combination. I wrote out 'Apartment 1,' 'Apt. 1,' 'Unit 1' and every other way you can think of. None of it worked," he said.

Randall said. "I just wished they put a dropdown box for the apartment number like the postal service has for everything else."

TikTok users claim the tests return false-positive results for tap water.

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Aretha Franklin's hometown paid her the utmost R-E-S-P-E-C-T by naming a post office after her.

The name change was made possible by a bill signed into law by former President Donald Trump before he left office in January, NBC NY reports.

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Members of Franklin's family joined postal and elected officials to celebrate the name change honoring the Queen of Soul, who is best known for her hits "Think," "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Respect."

The post office is located not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River which is also named for Franklin. The former Fox Creek post office will forever be known as "Aretha Franklin Post Office Building."

"Her legacy lives on in her music, in her family. But we have added to that list of her legacy: A post office with her name on it," said U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a longtime postal service worker.

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Lawrence, who was also a friend of Franklin's, introduced the bill in Congress that was signed by President Trump.

The longtime Democrat said on Monday:

"Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together. Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person."

Franklin died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018 at age 76 in her Detroit home.
 

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The Biden administration is offering $100 to Americans who get vaccinated, as the CDC vaccine rollout hits a brick wall.

The $100 payments can be paid for with the $350 billion in aid granted to state, local, territorial and tribal governments under the American Rescue Plan Act.

"Throughout America's vaccination efforts, we have seen that financial incentives serve as a motivating factor for some people to get vaccinated," the White House said on Thursday.
 
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The Biden administration also confirmed Pres. Joe Biden will require all federal government employees and onsite contractors to provide proof of vaccination or take weekly PCR tests.

"After months and months of cases going down, we're seeing a spike in COVID cases. Why? Because of this new form, this new variant called the delta variant," Biden said on Thursday.

The United States Postal Service has declined to comply with Biden's vaccine mandate.

The American Postal Workers Union that represents over 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees, released a statement Wednesday declaring it's not the federal government's job to force vaccines on Americans.

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"I was like, ‘That's weird,'" Kylee Francescan told Nashville's News 2 Investigates. "There were like hundreds of letters in there to Taylor Swift and I'm like, ‘Oh my gosh!' I didn't know if they were stolen [or] discarded, so I threw them in a box. And I'm like, ‘Somebody needs to let Taylor know.'"

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