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Talking Points: Sleeping pills; military spouses; killer whales trapped in ice

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What government decision may have people losing sleep?

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. The agency said new research shows the drugs can interfere with alertness and coordination well after a user wakes, which increases the risk of car accidents. Regulators are ordering the dose for women cut in half.

Who just got invited to gatherings on Marine bases?

The Marine Corps legal office has instructed military spouses' clubs to admit same-sex spouses if they want to continue operating on bases. The corps is the first military branch to take that move. In a memo emailed to bases around the country, the service's top lawyer said spouses' clubs on Marine installations must adhere to a nondiscrimination policy regarding sexual orientation.

Can Canada "free Willy" and a pod of his pals?

A northern Canadian community is seeking help in freeing about a dozen killer whales -- or Orcas -- trapped under a vast stretch of sea ice in the eastern Hudson Bay. Locals in the village of Inukjuak, Quebec, say the mammals have gathered around a single hole slightly bigger than a pickup truck, in a desperate bid to get oxygen. The local mayor sent a plea to the national government to send an icebreaker to clear a path to open water.

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