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News Briefs: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

ARIZONA

TUCSON (AP) - Health officials in southern Arizona are asking hospitals and health care workers to be on alert for swine flu. So far, there are no reports of the swine flu in Arizona.

Pima County Health Department spokeswoman Patty Woodcock said authorities are monitoring the situation closely. Woodcock said the health department told hospitals Friday to notify the county if there is an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. Hospital officials also were warned to look out for an increase in patients who have recently visited central Mexico, Imperial County, Calif., or southern Texas.

Those are areas where cases of swine flu have been reported.

KINGMAN

The Route 66 Chapter of Business Networking International invites those interested in networking to a meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday at Hualapai Mountain Medical Center, 3801 Santa Rosa.

The event coincides with International Networking Week, which is observed from Feb. 7 through Feb. 11.

For further information, call Larry at (928) 279-7576.

SRI LANKA

COLOMBO (AP) - Sri Lanka agreed to stop firing heavy weapons into the northern war zone to safeguard thousands of civilians trapped there, but resisted growing pressure Monday for a cease-fire in its war with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The rebels accused the government of instantly violating its promise by launching airstrikes from three sides on a village in a densely populated no-fire zone, a pro-guerrilla Web site reported. A flurry of diplomatic activity has so far failed to halt an offensive that has forced the rebels out of the shadow state they once ran in the north of this Indian Ocean island nation and left them cornered in a tiny coastal strip. U.S., Indian and European officials have expressed growing concern.

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