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700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was placed on leave, but she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013, said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the health authority for El Paso County.

The discovery of the infected employee also prompted an inspection of the hospital by regulators, who found several violations that could threaten the hospital’s Medicare funding and posed “an immediate jeopardy to patient safety,” said David Wright, deputy regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

There were more than 1,200 confirmed cases of TB statewide last year, including 49 in El Paso County, according to the state health department.

“Providence Memorial Hospital is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and continued well-being of our patients, our employees and our community,” hospital spokeswoman Audrey Garcia said.

[Update: Wide Rollout?] Google Now Bill Reminders Rolling Out Now

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Update 9/19/14: The bill reminders feature of Google Now seems to have been in a pretty limited rollout since May when this article was originally published – nobody on the Android Police team has seen one personally. But starting earlier this month, many of us have started seeing them all of a sudden, which seems to indicate a much wider availability. Perhaps Google took the time to iron out all the kinks before expanding bill reminders to everyone.

[Update: Wide Rollout?] Google Now Bill Reminders Rolling Out Now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

APNewsBreak: Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop

Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

The Chicago church has long been considered a flagship of American Catholicism, sparking lay movements of national influence and producing archbishops who shape national debate.

In a 2012 essay in the Jesuit magazine America, Cupich said the U.S. bishops “rightly objected” to the original narrow religious exemption in President Barack Obama’s requirement that employers provide health insurance that covers contraception.

“Instead of approaching life from the 30-thousand-feet level of ideas, he challenges policy makers and elected officials — indeed all of us — to experience the life of everyday and real people,” Cupich said at a conference last June on the Catholic case against libertarianism.