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Truckers rank most likely to be obese in occupational survey

Washington researchers have found obesity rates vary significantly by occupation, with truckers having the highest prevalence at 39 percent. Similar studies have found obesity rates among truckers even higher than that.

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Shipping Wars’ Roy Garber dies at 49 of heart attack

One of the stars of A&E's Shipping Wars, Roy Garber, died Jan. 18 of a heart attack. He was 49.

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A fine ’99: Freightliner hauls equipment for ‘American Idol’, ESPN

Owner-operator Matt Purtee of Omah, Wis., says his 1999 Freightliner Classic has driven 1.8 million miles and still is going strong.

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Driver Bettina Cameron ‘Losing It’, New Entrant test backgrounder

Driver Cameron's new Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her story -- she's lost 75 pounds while driving over-the-road in just a year -- to inspire others. Also: More on the New Entrant testing rulemaking under way.

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Study of truck driver health shows cluster of high-risk factors for chronic diseases

A survey of nearly 1,700 long-haul truck drivers showed a "constellation of chronic disease risk factors" in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and sleep duration.

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Virginia gem: Smitty’s Better Burger

Best chili-cheese footlong around, says Wendy Parker in this review of Smitty's Better Burger, a truly old-fashioned drive-in that hasn't changed much since the Smith family opened it in 1956.

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Synthetic marijuana to be classified as controlled drug, illegal for drivers to possess

The DEA announced it will classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, thereby making truck operators who use synthetic marijuana and fail a drug test as no longer disqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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Get your load on! (Edition 6)

From space capsules to new cars, cattle and more garden variety loads dressed up behind spectacular tractors, this occasional series delivers more great photos of readers' loads. Find out how to send in your own here, too.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

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Quack attack: Oregon fan’s 2010 Freightliner Cascadia

Owner-operator and Oregon Ducks fan John Starr of Roseburg, Ore., says team pride dominates his 2010 Freightliner Cascadia.

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Wonders of technology: Saving a life

Driver Tim Rutledge owes particular features -- vibration, voice-dial -- on his cell phone for his survival after being trapped under his rig in below-zero temps this past week.

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