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Feds push for tougher blood-alcohol threshold

– Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current 0.08 blood alcohol content to 0.05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths.

A woman weighing less than 120 pounds can reach 0.05 after just one drink, studies show. A man weighing up to 160 pounds reaches 0.05 after two drinks.

A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof alcohol.

State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said Tuesday he didn’t think such a measure would pass the Indiana General Assembly in his lifetime. He spent more than a decade working to lower the state’s limit to 0.08.

Pa. doctor dodges death in plea deal

A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, waived his right to appeal in exchange for a sentence of life without parole.

Military facing more sexual assault woes

A soldier assigned to coordinate a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for “abusive sexual contact” and other alleged misconduct and has been suspended from his duties, the Army announced Wednesday.

The announcement came just one week after an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was himself arrested on charges of groping a woman in a parking lot.

Kremlin gives US diplomat the boot

A U.S. diplomat was ordered Tuesday to leave the country after the Kremlin’s security services said he tried to recruit a Russian agent, and they displayed tradecraft tools that seemed straight from a cheap spy thriller: wigs, packets of cash, a knife, map and compass, and a letter promising millions for “long-term cooperation.”

The FSB, the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, identified the diplomat as Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, detaining him briefly overnight.

8 dead, 50 missing in Myanmar sea

An overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of people into the sea. Eight bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead, the United Nations said Tuesday.

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