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OFFICIALS ISSUE GUIDELINES ON DRUGS FOR FLU

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Most people who get swine flu don't need prescription flu drugs, government doctors said Tuesday as they issued new guidelines for medicines in big demand. The drugs Tamiflu and Relenza should be used only to treat people who are sick and at high risk for complications, officials at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The officials said those people include pregnant women, children younger than 5 and people with certain chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease.

Elsewhere

Miami: Hurricane Fred formed in the Atlantic on Tuesday with winds of 75 mph, but was so far out it posed no threat to land, at least for the next week or so, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical Storm Linda was moving slowly far out over the Pacific.

Los Angeles: The wildfire burning northeast of the city was 60 percent contained Tuesday after blackening 160,357 acres, or 250 square miles, officials said.

Sudan: The journalist who was convicted of violating her country's decency laws for wearing a pair of green slacks in public was released from jail Tuesday after a journalists' union paid her $200 fine. Lubna Hussein refused to pay the fine on Monday and has vowed to appeal the conviction.

Somalia: The pirate-plagued nation took a step toward policing its shores with the graduation of 500 naval recruits Tuesday.

Netherlands: A U.N. judge said Tuesday the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic would begin Oct. 19.

Times wires

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