Flu activity seen ebbing
The worst of the flu season appears to be over. The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday. The season started earlier than normal, first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths also dropped the last two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Bush family email hacked
A mysterious email hacker apparently accessed private photos and messages sent between members of the Bush family, including both former presidents. The Secret Service is investigating the breach, which appeared to yield little more than a few snapshots and some family discussions. But the incident illustrated how easily hackers can pry into private lives, even those of one of the nation’s most prominent and closely guarded political clans.
Arrest in teen’s slaying
Police said Friday they have arrested a barber in the death of a 13-year-old girl whose naked body was found last week in a Northern California park. Anthony Lamar Jones, 32, of Fairfield was taken into custody after police had him under round-the-clock surveillance as the main suspect in Genelle Renee Conway-Allen’s slaying. During a news conference to announce the arrest, police said they believe Jones acted alone in the killing.
Federal wildlife ship sinks
Crews on Friday attempted to raise a 63-foot U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel that sank overnight while docked at a Kodiak harbor. The Arlluk, a federal research vessel that’s used by two Alaska Peninsula wildlife refuges, was found submerged at 3:30 p.m. in Kodiak’s St. Herman’s Harbor. No one was on board. The cause of the sinking was unknown, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said. The boat was carrying about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel; no more than 10 gallons spilled.
Compiled from wire reports.