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U.S. Marines to face random blood-alcohol tests

Navy, Marines get tough on drinking

Marines and sailors will be subject to random blood-alcohol tests twice a year under what is billed as the toughest antidrinking policy in the U.S. military. Starting Jan. 1, any Marine or sailor with a blood-alcohol level of 0.01 percent or higher may be referred for counseling, the Marines said. Anyone who tests at 0.04 percent or higher will be referred to medical personnel to determine fitness for duty. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, a driver with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level is considered drunk. A single drink can lead to a level of 0.01 percent. The Navy will introduce mandatory tests sometime in January, Lt. Caroline Hutcheson, a Navy spokeswoman, said Monday. The Army and the Air Force do not have a compulsory program.

Batches of Botox may be unsafe

Federal regulators have warned more than 350 medical practices that Botox they may have received from a Canadian supplier is unapproved and could be counterfeit or unsafe. The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter sent last month and released publicly last week that batches of the wrinkle treatment shipped by suppliers owned by pharmacy Canada Drugs have not been approved by the FDA. The agency said it cannot ensure the effectiveness or safety of the batches. The drug distributor did not respond to a request for comment. The FDA said Canada Drugs was previously tied to shipping unapproved and counterfeit cancer drugs.

Surfing accident kills N.Y. lifeguard

A New York lifeguard widely praised as a hero after Hurricane Sandy for rescuing neighbors endangered by rolling floodwaters and a fire that destroyed several homes has died in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico. The death of Dylan Smith, 23, on Sunday brought sadness again to residents of the Belle Harbor section of the Rockaways in Queens, which lost several police officers and firefighters in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and was the site of a deadly plane crash months later. Fire Department Chief Michael Light said Smith rescued as many as a dozen people during Sandy by paddling from porch to porch with his surfboard.

Ill. clergy support gay marriage bill

More than 250 Illinois clergy members have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in the state legislature before Jan. 9. On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.

Times wires

U.S. Marines to face random blood-alcohol tests 12/24/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 8:46pm]
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