AT LEAST 34 states and Puerto Rico have reported cases of the flu so far this winter, but most of the cases have been a relatively mild form of the illness, federal health officials said . . . A JURY in Forth Worth, Texas, convicted a man of murder for giving a 5-year-old boy a lethal dose of bourbon. Prosecutors alleged that Anthony Darron Jimerson gave Thomas "Tinky" Griffin 4 ounces of straight bourbon at a party Feb. 23 and told him to "drink it like a man." The child died five days later . . . THE UNITED STATES has advised its citizens to leave India temporarily and postpone travel to India because of possible terrorist threats from Iraqi or Palestinian agents, the embassy said Friday.