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One in 10 American deaths last week came from influenza or pneumonia, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We were hoping to have better news today," Shuchat said. "Overall hospitalizations are now significantly higher than what we've seen since current tracking began" in 2010.

Dr. Gabriel Onofre, who works at the Mercy Care clinic for the poor in Chamblee, Ga., said through a spokeswoman that his clinic was awash in adults coming in with flu.

"One man who we vaccinated came a week or so later and tested positive for influenza -- a different strain," Onofre said. "Another man came in with flulike symptoms and collapsed at our front door." The clinic immediately sent him to the hospital in an ambulance.

Although this year's flu vaccine is far from perfect, experts urge people to get it if they haven't yet. It missed the most important strain. But it can prevent deadly secondary infections of additional strains that pile on when an already weakened patient is attacked by a flu they normally would be able to fend off.

The flu is always dangerous for the elderly and small children. But this year, many hospitalized patients have been between the ages of 18 and 49.

The illness remains widespread in all states but Hawaii and Oregon.

--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mexico nabs a top cartel boss in a trendy Mexico City neighborhood

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have arrested the alleged leader of the Zetas drug cartel -- long one of the country's most powerful and notoriously brutal criminal groups.

Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, who is accused of overseeing an organization that traffics thousands of pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States each year, was nabbed Thursday while entering a hotel in a fashionable neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said Friday.

Mexican National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said in a statement that Guizar, 38, was captured without force.

In a nation gripped by escalating violence driven by warring criminal groups, Guizar was one of Mexico's most-wanted men. The United States had offered a $5 million reward for his arrest and had formally requested his extradition. Sales said there are arrest warrants for Guizar in several U.S. states for crimes including arms smuggling, kidnapping and murder.

His capture was celebrated by public officials from both sides of the border, with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson tweeting that Guizar's arrest and other law enforcement efforts "make Mexico and the United States safer."

But others reacted with caution, noting that in the past, Mexico's "kingpin strategy" of targeting cartel leaders has not reduced violence, and in fact may have increased it.

--Los Angeles Times

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