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August 4th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Report: Key to longevity in your genes, not lifestyle

Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University published a study suggesting that when it comes to living an exceptionally long life, longevity genes may be more important than lifestyle behaviors.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses the study on American Morning today and explains what you can do to try and mimic the genes of those living well into old age.

Filed under: Health
August 4th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

A Soldier's Story: Soldiers ready for life post-Afghanistan

In Jason Carroll's continuing series on the life of a soldier, this morning he takes a look at how these brave soldier are preparing for the end of their deployment.

How does a soldier make the transition from the front lines to the homefront? See Jason's report here.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
August 4th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

President Obama turns 50 years old today – but has the excitement around his election dwindled?

Once seen as a youthful man known for motivating and empowering the younger generation during his campaign, President Obama turns 50 years old today.

The Commander-in-Chief celebrated his birthday in style in Chicago last night, attending two high-profile events, a concert and a $35,800 a plate fundraiser dinner. Obama's re-election campaign also hosted more than 1,000 house parties across the country designed as birthday celebrations and organizational meetings for the 2012 campaign.

Nick Ragone, presidential historian, joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss how the President has aged since taking office and to weigh in on how the Obama"s 50th birthday compares to other presidential birthday milestones throughout history.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
August 4th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Mayors of two struggling cities discuss their plans to tackle deficits

America's cities are facing tough challenges when coping with some of the most daunting and widespread fiscal crises in decades.

Facing budget deficits and near bankruptcy conditions in their cities, mayors across the country have been presented with difficult decisions when figuring out what needs to be cut in order the balance their budgets.

Tony Mack, Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, and Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint, Michigan are two mayors who have had to make painful cuts in their cities.

Mayor Mack plans to cut 108 police department jobs–a full third of Trenton's police force–to try to deal with a $55 million deficit he inherited. Mayor Walling cut Flint's police force last year by 30%, despite the fact that the city is one of the most dangerous in the country.

Both Mayor Mack and Mayor Walling join Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss the tough cutbacks they have been forced to make and to weigh in on the recent federal debate over the debt ceiling.

Filed under: Budget • Money
August 4th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

Meet London's 'Super cop' who was hit by car, yet gets back on his feet and chases suspect

Surrey Constable Dan Pascoe was setting up a roadblock with his police car, intended to stop a man driving a stolen vehicle, when the car struck him and sent him flying into the air.

After the collision, Pascoe immediately got back on his feet and began chasing the thief who had abandoned the car and was fleeing on foot. He managed to catch up with and taser the criminal before collapsing himself.

A second squad car captured the dramatic crash on video that has since gone viral.

Constable Pascoe joins American Morning today to discuss the collision and the attention he has received since the video of the ordeal became popular online.

Filed under: Police • Viral videos
August 4th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Transportation Secretary LaHood to Congress: Don't hold the American people hostage

The Federal Aviation Administration has been without funding since July 22nd when the Congress-approved funding for the agency expired. This Tuesday, lawmakers left for their summer vacation without voting to pass a funding extension.

The impasse has caused 4,000 FAA employees to be furloughed and has left the FAA unable to collect taxes on airline tickets. Analysts estimate that the government is losing about $200 million a week in revenue because of the partial shutdown.

Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, has urged members of Congress to come back to Capitol Hill to make a decision. LaHood joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to tell us what the plan is for the next five weeks and to talk about the latest in the furlough.

"There are these controversial items that have been put in bills that didn't stop Congress on 20 other occasions from passing the extension," LaHood says. "Don't hold the American jobs and American people hostage over controversial issues that were not a problem 20 other times."

"Come back from your vacation, come back and put Americans to work the way you would do for your friends and neighbor so they receive a paycheck like Congress is," LaHood adds.

See the entire interview above.

Filed under: FAA
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