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December 3rd, 2010
08:53 AM ET

Modern-day Golden Girls: Grandmas move in together to save money

Twenty-five years after "The Golden Girls" went off the air, the real-life version is unfolding across the country. In recent years, thousands of single women in their 50s, 60s and 70s have chosen to share houses or apartments — to have a roommate, maybe for the first time since college.

It’s a move often born of financial need — or in some cases, from a desire to keep up a more robust standard of living. According to one home-sharing agency in San Mateo, Calif., 58% of people looking for a roommate were women ages 50 and older in fiscal year 2009-2010 — up from 48% in 2006-2007. In Baltimore, a similar program has seen a 23% increase in women over 50 looking to share a home in the past two years.

The trend is so strong that its given rise to a cottage industry, including roommate-finding services that have niche areas devoted to older women, as well as firms, like St. Paul, Minn.-based Golden Girl Homes, that specialize in home-sharing for older women.

AM’s Alina Cho interviews two roommates.


Filed under: American Morning • Economy
December 3rd, 2010
08:03 AM ET

Will Washington ever tackle the deficit problem?

President Obama's deficit commission released a final report Wednesday that recommends sharp cuts in military spending, a higher retirement age and reforms that could cost the average taxpayer an extra $1,700 a year. The panel's 18 members – 12 of them sitting lawmakers – are scheduled to vote on the report Friday.

Though many agree that the deficit is too high, why is it so hard to get everyone on the same page about fixing the problem?

Michael Crowley, TIME Magazine's deputy Washington bureau chief, joins American Morning's John Roberts to talk about why it's so hard to come to an agreement on a debt plan.


Filed under: Debt
December 3rd, 2010
07:53 AM ET

Why even a small amount of weight gain could be deadly

If you think you may indulge yourself and pack on a few extra pounds this holiday season, you may want to think again. A new study finds that just being a little overweight can have deadly consequences.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is a compilation of 19 separate long-term studies - the data covering 1 1/2 million patients. It found that having a body-mass index (BMI) just above the recommended range increases your mortality rate from causes such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the comprehensive weight control program at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center joins American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why even a small amount of weigh gain can be deadly.


Filed under: BMI • Health • Obesity
December 3rd, 2010
07:04 AM ET

Losing Lennon: How Julian Lennon dealt with father's murder

All this week we’ve been previewing a CNN documentary this weekend on the death of John Lennon. It’ll be 30 years on Wednesday since he was murdered by Mark David Chapman.

Today, John Roberts talks to his son Julian Lennon about what it was like learning his father had died.

Be sure to catch the full documentary,” Losing Lennon: Countdown to Murder,” premiering Saturday and Sunday night at 8 ET on CNN.


Filed under: American Morning • Environment • Pop Culture