Firestone tires may be to blame for a deadly car accident in Texas.
The accident happened yesterday about 40-miles northeast of Laredo.
The vehicle rolled three times killing a ten year old boy.
A witness reported seeing the tread separated from the right rear tire.
Firestone is recalling three models of tires that are being investigated in connection with at least 88-deaths.
Meantime, the company's employees won't go on strike.
Bridgestone-Firestone and union negotiators say they'll finalize the new three year contracts developed this weekend today.
A Firestone spokeswoman says "There was a lot of give and take."
Excessive speed may be to blame for a fiery crash that killed six people in Chicago this morning.
The Jeep burst into flames around 3- 30 after overturning and smashing into a freeway overpass.
Rescuers were unable to reach any of the victims.
Police say the driver of the SUV had been speeding when he crossed four lanes of traffic, most likely in an effort to reach a freeway exit.
The two major party candidates for president are working hard this Labor Day.
Democratic candidates Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman met firefighters in Florida this morning after delivering sandwiches to workers in Philadelphia last night.
Republican George W. Bush kicked off a week-long campaign tour with a holiday parade near Chicago after giving a news conference in Austin, Texas yesterday.
Bush is sticking by his proposal for three presidential debates, including one as early as next week.
Bush says Gore has promised to debate him ''any time, anywhere''.
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((It's not about Governor Bush. It's not about me. It's about the American people and about giving the American people the chance they deserve to make informed judgments as to who they want to be the next president of this country.))
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Only one of the events Bush has accepted was proposed by the commission that's overseen presidential debates since the late 1980's.
Gore has accepted all three of the commission's debates, and wants Bush to do the same.
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Senator Chuck Robb and former Governor George Allen will square off in a debate on September 24-th.
The debate will take place on former Governor Doug Wilder's statewide radio talk show.
Both U-S Senate candidates want Wilder's support in the heated race.
But Wilder - a Democrat - has NOT said whether he'll backing Robb - a fellow Democrat - or Allen, a Republican with whom has a warm relationship.
It's a holiday for most people, but Allen and Robb are at work in Buena Vista today.
That's because it's the traditional start of the fall campaign season.
Both are attending Buena Vista's Labor Day parade.
Potential candidates for statewide offices next year are also scheduled to be in the Alleghany Highlands.
The pace of the Senate campaign has picked up in recent weeks.
Both Allen and Robb have been running ads in the major TV markets in the state.
Hillsville's Flea Market and Gun Show is garnering quite a reputation for attracting a large number of shoppers, gun collectors, and tourists.
But the town carries another distinction.
Hillsville is the only Virginia locality that is exempt from a state law that requires gun show promoters to submit names and addresses of all vendors to state police and local authorities.
Inside the V-F-W hall... all gun buyers must go through a background check but outside buyers only have to hand over cash.
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Folks could also trade in their old guns for cash.
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Some vendors at the flea market say the rainy weather's putting a damper on sales.
But as Kate Weidaw reports - it doesn't appear to be affecting turnout.
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((IT'S REALLY CROWDED A LITTLE RAINY BUT IT'S ALL RIGHT THOUGH.))
Crowded is an understatement, the flea market has wall to wall people on the side walk and in the street.
But before you can get to shopping you have to park your car.
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((FIVE DOLLARS FOR YOUR CAR SIR.))
Neighborhoods turn into parking lots.
Front and back yards become big money makers.
((EVERYONE DOES IT EVERYONE IS ENTREPRENEUR ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND.))
Once the car is parked it's time to shop.
Tents blanket Hillsville from one end to the other, and people love it.
((YOU FIND THINGS HERE YOU CAN'T FIND ANY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.))
Antiques seem to be popular among the crowd.
((KATE: SO WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY WHEN THEY COME UP HERE? OH MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO HAVE ON OF THOSE.))
For some the antiques look like yesterday's trash.
((SOME OF IT'S JUNK SOME OF IT'S JUNK JUST DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU'RE COLLECTING.))
For others it's a treasure.
And if you weren't looking for antiques there was just about something for everyone.
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Some vendors weren't having much luck with sales.
((NOBODY'S SHOPPING NOBODY'S SPENDING MONEY AND THE WEATHER'S TERRIBLE.))
But folks where handing over their cash for food.
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Four dollars can buy you a polish sausage with onions and green peppers, and how about a nice two dollar glass of freshly squeezed lemonade to wash it down.
((CHOCOLATE, LEMON, BLUEBERRY APPLE, WHAT KIND DO YOU WANT.))
And for dessert how about a two dollar fried apple pie or a scoop of homemade ice cream made right at the flea market.
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So whether you come for the food or the shopping.
((I'D RATHER BE HOME WATCHING FOOTBALL.))
Or if someone dragged you there, it's what bargain shoppers call some of the best deals around. Kate Weidaw News 7 Hillsville.))
Authorities in Russia are investigating an explosion that killed two people at an outdoor market.
The blast about 120-miles south of Moscow injured four others when it tore apart a kiosk in an open air grocery market.
It's believed a refrigerator may have exploded.
Authorities are investigating whether the blast was caused by a bomb or an industrial accident.
Further north, a bomb damaged a boutique in St. Petersburg.
The explosions follow the bombing of a crowded underground passageway in Moscow last month.
That attack killed 12-people and wounded more than 100.
Parts of Montana once threatened by fire are once again being over-run by vacationers.
Just a week ago many residents of Red Lodge, Montana were evacuated because of the threat of spreading wildfires.
But cool, wet weather has helped douse some of the flames.
Meantime, tourists aren't letting a strong earthquake keep them from northern California's wine country.
Officials say yesterday's five-point-two magnitude quake may have caused up to 15 (m) million dollars in damages.
Dozens of people were injured, including a 5-year old boy who's in critical condition.
Despite the scare the city's restaurants and shops were filled with tourists by yesterday afternoon.
A citizen's quick thinking helped police nab two suspected robbers yesterday.
Salem police say two young men entered this Exxon Stop-In Food Store on East Main street around one-thirty a-m and pulled a knife on the cashier.
They made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
A citizen managed to get the license plate number on the getaway car.
19-year-old Vershaun Duvon Vinson, of Salem, and a 15-year-old were arrested shortly thereafter without incident.
Americans are surfing and shopping, but they're also WORKING on the internet.
A new report says about 37-percent of all full-time workers have access to the world wide web at work.
The "Pew Internet and American Life Project" says about 3-quarters say the Internet has improved their ability to do their jobs.
They primarily use the web for e-mail and work-related research.
But about half of all workers surf the web for fun, doing things like shopping or checking sports scores.
What are the best and worst jobs in America?
The new Jobs-Rated Almanac released its findings in time for Labor Day.
Financial planners, web site managers, and computer systems analysts got the nod for best jobs.
Chase Scott checked in with some hardworking men and women in Tallahassee, Florida - to see what they thought of the Almanac's findings.
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TOP STRESSFUL JOBS INCLUDED FIREFIGHTER AND THE PRESIDENCY OF THE
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IN:"there are many"
THEN THERE'S THE MONEY...AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCALE YOU CAN
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OUT: (laughs out)
BUT IN THE FRONT OF THE CAFE A WAITRESS...THE 250TH WORST PAYING
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THE WINNER OF BEST OVERALL JOB IS FINANCIAL PLANNER...STRANGELY
ENOUGH OURS WANTED A CAREER CHANGE TO THE WORST OVERALL
POSITION...NUMBER 250 FISHERMAN...
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I GUESS LOW STRESS, HIGH INCOME AND PLENTY OF TIME OFF CAN'T BUT
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TALLAHASSEE...CHASE SCOTT REPORTING.))
Incidentally, the job of President of the United States ranked poorly in the list of best and worst jobs.
That's because of the Jobs-Rated Almanac's consideration of stress, working environment, and possibility for advanc