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L.A. Woman Turns 110, Never Smoked Or Drank

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An Alhambra woman just turned 110, after a lifetime as a non-smoker and non-drinker.

When Lorraine Coops was born Jan. 18, 1904, life expectancy for women in the U.S. was 49 years, the Pasadena Star-News reports.

Her family says it's all genetic: Coops' mother lived to 107. But Coops also graduated from the Pasadena School of Nursing - class of 1927 - so she knows a bit about staying healthy. She worked as a nurse for much of her life, and lived independently until she was 104.

The world's oldest person is Misao Okawa of Japan, age 115, according to the Gerontology Research Group.