12:03pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To?

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:47 am

Live to 120? Here I come!
iStockphoto.com

We're all getting older. And in the U.S., the population is aging pretty quickly.

Obesity, sedentary lifestyles and all, we can expect to live longer than ever.

An American boy born in 2008, for instance, can expect to live to the ripe old age of 75, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For girls, it's 80. Back in 1960, a newborn boy could expect to hit about 67, while a baby girl would probably reach 73, on average.

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11:52am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:23 pm

A close-up of the damaged statue at Florence's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
Maurizio Degl' Innocenti EPA/LANDOV

Add this to the list of damages done in recent years to important pieces of art:

"An American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence." (NBC News)

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11:41am

Wed August 7, 2013
Community

Teams Race In Muddy Obstacle Course for Charity

Credit Habitat for Humanity

The 4th annual Chattanooga Mud Run is set for Saturday August 17th at Greenway Farms and this year the 5K race could be the muddiest ever. 

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11:24am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Freddie Mac Earns $5 Billion In 3 Months; To Pay U.S. $4.4 Billion

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:54 am

Freddie Mac racked up a $5 billion profit in the second quarter, the mortgage backer said in its quarterly report Wednesday. The earnings are the second-highest in the history of Freddie Mac, which has now extended its streak of profitable quarters to seven in a row.

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10:31am

Wed August 7, 2013
Roller Girls VS Derby Dames

Chattanooga Roller Girls Prepare for Final Home Game of Season

Established in 2008, the Chattanooga Roller Girls have had some success in the sport. In 2012, the ladies went undefeated at home. Proceeds from their bouts and events also benefit the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 

The Chattanooga Roller Girls have their final home game at the Chattanooga Convention Center Saturday, August 10th, at 7 PM. They play against the Greenville Derby Dames.

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10:11am

Wed August 7, 2013
Parallels

New Images Show Destruction In Syrian City Of Aleppo

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 2:55 pm

Satellite photo made available by Amnesty International on Wednesday of the Jabal Badro area of Aleppo, Syria, before a ballistic missile strike on Feb. 18 that reportedly killed scores of residents.
AP

Satellite images released Wednesday by Amnesty International show widespread devastation that is "severely lopsided" in opposition-controlled parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The group says the images highlight human rights violations against Aleppo's civilian population amid the country's civil war.

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10:06am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Gay Couple Asked To Sit In Back Of Bus Gets An Apology

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 5:23 pm

Ron McCoy (left) and Chris Bowers were holding hands after arriving at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport when a shuttle driver told them to move to the back of the bus. The bus company has apologized.
KRQE TV

A gay couple who were asked to sit in the back of a bus in New Mexico because they were holding hands have received an apology from the company that operates the shuttles at the Albuquerque International Sunport, where the incident took place earlier this summer.

The couple, Ron McCoy and Chris Bowers, live in the Portland, Ore., area and had begun a vacation days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued historic rulings that strengthened gay rights. The pair's visit to Albuquerque was timed to coincide with the city's Pride Festival.

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9:48am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Shark Week Roundup: New SharkCat Video; 'Fake Documentary'

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 11:09 am

SharkCat in action.
YouTube.com

We could, but we won't, ignore the annual fuss over Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

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9:44am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:12 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Alexi Nikolsky EPA /LANDOV

President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.

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8:42am

Wed August 7, 2013
Governing

In Some Cities, Gays Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Homeless

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:48 am

A rainbow flag against a San Francisco roofline.
Torbakhopper via Flickr

Tim Oviatt was once a successful businessman. For 32 years, he owned an apparel store in San Francisco called All American Boy.

"If you wore my logo T-shirt, people knew you were gay all over the world," he says.

Now, Oviatt finds himself symbolizing something stark about the gay community. Having lost his business, his longtime partner and finally his home, Oviatt, who is 64, has mostly been sleeping in his car the past nine months.

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