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The US Postal Service on Tuesday unveiled a modern replacement for the iconic Grumman LLV mail truck that has been in use since the late 1980s.

The new design consists of a waste-high front hood that resembles the front beak of a duck in front of an extra-high windshield.

Oshkosh Defense has been contracted to build between 50,000 and 165,000 of the new trucks over the next 10 years — replacing vehicles that have been in service for as long as three decades, USPS said in a statement.

Oshkosh’s design is not completely finalized, USPS said. The initial order of trucks will cost $482 million, with the first vehicles expected to hit the roads in 2023.

The truck revamp is part of the Postal Service’s self-stated “plan” to become “the preferred delivery service provider for the American public.”

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Party store unveils pinata depicting Cruz on trip to Cancun

A Dallas-area party store has joined the commentary on Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Law enforcement officials blame Pentagon 'reluctance' to deploy National Guard in first hearing on Capitol attack | Watchdog report finds Pentagon didn't fully evaluate border deployment requests | Biden's UN ambassador confirmed Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE’s (R) controversial trip to Mexico last week through a new item for sale: The GOP senator as a piñata, carrying his passport and suitcase on his way back from Cancun. 

The Dallas Morning News reported that ABC Party has added the piñata to its latest collection, showing Cruz with his Texas flag face mask and wearing a gray shirt and jeans, an outfit that resembles what he was wearing when he landed back in Houston last week. 

The senator faced outrage from both constituents and fellow lawmakers for leaving Texas as his home state was battered by a severe winter storm. 

Sen. Ted Cruz piñatas created at Dallas party store:

— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) February 23, 2021

Following the backlash, Cruz cut his trip short and returned to the Lone Star State, later admitting to reporters that his trip was a “mistake,” and, “in hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.” 

The Texas party store first unveiled the Cruz piñata Monday around noon, and by 5 p.m. that day, already had five or six orders, store owner Carlos De La Fuente told the Morning News. 

According to local NBC affiliate station KXAS-TV, each piñata is handmade and takes about three to five days to complete. The 3-and-a-half-foot-tall Cruz piñata has a price tag of $100 and currently has a two-week wait list. 

The Cruz piñata follows ABC Party’s tribute last month to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (I-Vt.), depicting him in the now-viral meme sitting with his arms and legs crossed at President BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE’s inauguration. 

The store also contains a piñata of former President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE in its collection, as well as one resembling the spiky microscopic image of COVID-19. 

The Texas senator, who since his trip to Mexico has been dubbed by critics as “Cancun Cruz,” responded to media attention aimed at the incident, attributing it to a void he says has been left by the absence of Trump in the news cycle. 

"Donald Trump broke the media, and so they don't want to do that," Cruz said during an appearance on conservative radio host Dana Loesch's program Monday afternoon. "They just want to engage in political attacks."

The Cruz family’s Cancun trip came as millions of people in their home state were left without power for days amid an unusual winter storm, bringing waves of snow and freezing temperatures. 

According to The Associated Press, nearly 80 people died in Texas and other states hit by the storm, including fatalities from storm-related car crashes, carbon monoxide poisonings, hypothermia, drownings and house fires.

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