How are you liking this chilly fall weather, folks? It's a bit rainy this morning, too, so you might need an umbrella for your morning commute. But, before you head out, we've got updates on where Amazon HQ2 has landed (hint: not here); a dispatch from the national conference of Catholic bishops following a summer of scandal; plus a look at an unusual new benefit being offered to Jefferson employees.
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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicked off a three-day gathering Monday morning with a stunning announcement: the Vatican ordered them to hold off on voting on a series of new accountability measures.
The event was supposed to include debate over a slate of reforms including new standards for bishops' conduct in handling abuse claims, which a recent Inquirer and Boston Globe report found to be rife with failure.
Last month Jefferson (which combines Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University) notified its more than 30,000 workers that they can take advantage of an unusual new benefit: free genetic tests.
The panel of genetic tests flag people at higher risk for certain cancers and heart problems, as well as those who may metabolize medications in unusual ways.
As might be expected considering the popularity of consumer genetic-testing kits, so far employee interest is high.
Wildfires that have burned down hundreds of homes and prompted hundreds of thousands to evacuate continue to rage in California.
The "Camp Fire" in Northern California became the deadliest wildfire in state history as its death toll rose to 42 Monday evening. There, the town of Paradise has burned to the ground.
Some residents who had fled the fires in Southern California were allowed to return Monday, some to destroyed homes, while others were told to leave as new fires erupted.
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