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E. coli kills 1 at Wash. day care

SEATTLE — Health officials didn't close down a Washington state day care even after four children were hospitalized with a deadly strain of E. coli because of concerns the infection would spread if parents took their children elsewhere.

A 4-year-old boy died after being infected at the Vancouver, Wash., center, and three other children were sickened. The first case was reported March 19; the child's death was reported Friday.

Clark County health officer Alan Melnick says he didn't close the center until April 2 because he worried parents would take their children to other day cares and risk exposing others.

Melnick eventually closed the business after tests showed seven more children and staff with no symptoms tested positive for the E. coli strain.

Bomb-thwarter finally sworn in as U.S. citizen

ATLANTA — Kwame James waited nearly 10 years to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen, a long time compared with the time he spent helping subdue would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid on a trans-Atlantic flight.

James, now 32, wore a gray pinstriped suit and blue tie this week during the ceremony, which ended years of immigration limbo that began after he helped thwart the attack aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight in December 2001.

The 6-foot-8 basketball player was napping when a flight attendant roused him. Ten rows back, Reid was scuffling with passengers and the crew after he tried to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes. James helped tie up Reid with belts and headset wires, and took turns with another passenger holding Reid by his ponytail until the plane could land in Boston.

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