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CPUC gives initial nod to $2.2B PG&E gas plan


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California judge has tentatively agreed to have customers pay a little more than half the $2.2 billion cost to improve Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s gas lines, rejecting the utility's request to have ratepayers shoulder 84 percent of required safety upgrades to their pipelines.

The California Public Utilities Commission judge's proposed decision Friday to have ratepayers pay roughly 55 percent of the overall cost is aimed at improving record-keeping and safety testing of PG&E's gas transmission lines.

The deadly San Bruno explosion prompted the improvement plan. The September 2010 blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

“Ghost fleet" vanishing faster than planned

BENECIA (AP) — Northern California's "ghost fleet" is disappearing faster than anticipated.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited the armada of decaying warships in Suisun Bay on Friday to announce the U.S. Marine Administration has already removed and recycled 36 of the fleet's original 57 vessels.

LaHood says three more will be taken away by year's end, and the entire fleet will be gone by 2017.

The administration had previously committed to removing 28 ships by Sept. 30.

The Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is made up of obsolete military vessels, including some that chased submarines and transported troops during World War II.

Officers disciplined in Occupy Oakland protests

OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland officials are accusing more than 40 police officers of committing misconduct during Occupy protests that turned violent.

Police received more than 1,100 complaints, most stemming from three major Occupy protests that occurred within the last year. Police Chief Howard Jordan said the investigation has so far found that 44 officers committed some sort of misconduct ranging from use of excessive force to failing to turn on video cameras.

He has recommended that two officers be fired and one be demoted. Three officers have undergone counseling and training. Another 15 face suspensions for up to 30 days and the remaining 23 have received written reprimands.