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California hospital fires 6 in privacy breach

California

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has fired five workers and a student researcher for peeping at patients’ private medical records in the days after reality television star Kim Kardashian gave birth to her daughter there. The hospital declined to identify the patients involved to the Los Angeles Times, but a spokeswoman said all involved were notified of the breach. The records were inappropriately viewed between June 18 and June 24. Kardashian gave birth on June 15. (AP)

Illinois

Boy stuck in sand in critical condition

CHICAGO — A Chicago hospital said a 6-year-old boy who spent more than three hours underground after an Indiana sand dune collapsed on him was able to respond to ‘‘simple commands’’ upon arrival. Comer Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Lorna Wong said Saturday that the boy is in critical condition and ‘‘has responded well to mechanical ventilation.’’ The boy was playing on the large dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday when he dropped into a hole. Authorities say the dune collapsed while his family was trying to save him. Michigan City, Ind., Fire Chief Ronnie Martin said an air pocket saved the boy’s life. (AP)

Montana

Ex-governor out of race for Senate

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HELENA — Brian Schweitzer, the popular former governor, said Saturday that he will not run for Montana’s open US Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year’s elections. Schweitzer said he doesn’t want to leave Montana and go to Washington. He had been considered the Democrats’ best candidate for holding the seat being vacated by Senator Max Baucus next year. Schweitzer said he considered a run because party members said he was needed. (AP)

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