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An emergency room doctor who saw her for a seizure and 107-degree fever wasn’t sure what was wrong either.

The girl was then flown to Denver, where a pediatric doctor at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children got the first inkling that she had bubonic plague. The doctor figured it out using Sierra Jane’s symptoms, a history of where she’d been and an online journal search.

The bubonic plague hasn’t been confirmed in a human in Colorado since 2006. Federal health officials say an average of seven cases are reported in the U.S. each year.

Doctors said Wednesday Sierra Jane is recovering and could go home within a week.

Darcy Downing says her daughter may have been infected by insects near a dead squirrel she wanted to bury.


Suspects plead guilty in bridge bomb plot

AKRON — Three men accused of plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio have admitted their roles in the scheme.

The FBI says the public was never in danger even though the target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

Connor Stevens, 20, and Brandon Baxter, 20, both of suburban Cleveland, and Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to all three counts against them Wednesday in Akron before a federal judge.

They face 30 years to life in prison, though defense attorneys have asked for leniency. Sentencing was tentatively scheduled for early November.

The three were charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, knowingly attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage property with explosives.


NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

LOS ANGELES — Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt.

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