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NYC closing schools to deal with big flu outbreak

New York City has closed three schools in response to a swine flu outbreak that has left one staff member in critical condition and sent hundreds of kids home with flu symptoms, in a flare-up of the deadly virus that sent shock waves through the world last month. A Health Department spokeswoman tells The Associated Press that four students and the staff member have tested positive for swine flu at a middle school in Queens. At another middle school in Queens, 241 students were absent Thursday. Dozens more were sick at an elementary school. Mayor Michael Bloomberg scheduled an evening news conference to discuss the outbreak. New York City's first known cases of swine flu appeared in...