Homeless, poor can call friends and family for free
U.S. Cellular will provide the homeless and underprivileged an opportunity to call their families and friends free of charge today at the Medford Gospel Mission, 125 Jackson St. Wireless phones will be made available between — and — p.m. for free telephone calls as part of U.S. Cellular's Homeless Outreach Phone Effort.
U.S. trade deficit reaches record $34.3 billion high
WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to a record $34.3 billion in September as America's already huge foreign oil bill got bigger and helped push imports to an all-time high. The deficit with China climbed to $8.7 billion, the largest ever recorded with any country.
September's trade gap was up a sharp 15 percent from an August imbalance of $29.8 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, well above economists? expectations for a more modest deterioration to around $31 billion.
Goodyear tire deaths investigation opened
WASHINGTON — The federal government opened a preliminary investigation Tuesday into Goodyear light truck tires that have been linked to 15 deaths in accidents involving tread separation, similar to the problem with Firestone tires now being recalled nationwide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 37 complaints about tread separations on Goodyear's Load Range E tires, including reports of 31 crashes in which 15 people died and 129 were injured. Twelve of the deaths occurred in the United States and three in Saudi Arabia.
Goodyear spokesman Chris Aked said the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker spent about two years investigating 30 accidents involving the tires and attributed them to problems such as overloading, underinflation or damage from road hazards and debris.
From wire and staff reports.