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12:03pm

Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Drunken Driving Declines But Rates Remain 'Unacceptable'

Last year Americans hit the road 112 million times after drinking too much.

That statistic, just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is nothing to be proud about. But it's worth noting that the number of alcohol-impaired driving episodes has declined 30 percent since peaking at 161 million in 2006.

Some 4 million adults in the U.S. drove while impaired by alcohol last year, the CDC estimates. That works out to about 479 episodes for every 1,000 adults.

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10:55am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Gov. Christie Says No To Presidential Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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"Now is not my time," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just said at a news conference in Trenton — ruling out a run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you're stuck with me," Christie added.

Update at 1:10 p.m. ET. More From Christie:

The governor said he did consider making a bid. He had been asked to run by many people, Christie said, and "felt an obligation to earnestly consider their advice."

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10:45am

Tue October 4, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Regulators Promise Oversight Of Offshore Drilling Contractors

Men fish off a pier at a jetty in Dauphin Island, Ala., with oil rigs in the background. The U.S. government is changing how it regulates drilling platforms.

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Nearly 18 months after a disastrous oil spill killed wildlife and endangered the futures of fishermen and resort businesses along the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government announces it will regulate not only the operators of offshore oil rigs, but the contractors who own and work on them, as well.

The shift in enforcement is one of several changes announced in the past 24 hours, as federal regulators seek to ensure the Gulf spill catastrophe does not recur.

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9:50am

Tue October 4, 2011
Science

Fossils Help Rev Hard-Hit Newfoundland Fishing Area

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:34 pm

Guy Narbonne, a paleontologist at Queen's University in Ontario, inspects a fossil at the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. It is filled with half-a-billion-year-old treasures like this one.

Ari Daniel Shapiro for NPR

Sometimes the solution to a new problem is right in front of you — or, in the case of one community in Newfoundland, right under their feet. That's where residents, who partnered with paleontologists, discovered that fossils could serve as engines for tourism — and scientific research — in an area that had hit tough times.

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9:48am

Tue October 4, 2011
Around the Nation

On 10th Anniversary Of Murder, FBI Seeks New Clues

Tom Wales, a federal prosecutor and gun control advocate, was murdered in his home on Oct. 11, 2001. There have been no arrests in the case — but the Justice Department is still seeking leads.

FBI

The Justice Department is focusing new attention on the decade-old murder of a federal prosecutor in Seattle.

Tom Wales was killed in his home in 2001, one month to the day after Sept. 11. The case remains unsolved.

But a new public information campaign is designed to bring in new leads.

The Murder

On an overcast fall morning, Amy Wales returns to the home she grew up in on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill.

"The cherry tree in front of the house — I remember when my father planted it. It was so small," she says.

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