PG&E sued by family of electrocution victim
SAN MATEO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is being sued by the family of a San Mateo man who died after being electrocuted by a fallen power line.
The wife and daughters of 55-year-old Enrique Tello filed the lawsuit Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. The family is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.
The lawsuit claims Tello was shocked by a power line that fell in his yard on April 20, but paramedics couldn't immediately help him because PG&E failed to quickly shut off the high-voltage current. Tello was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Stanford Hospital.
PG&E officials called Tello's death a tragic accident and say they will continue discussions with the family to reach a "swift and equitable resolution."
More meteorites found from Calif. meteor
NOVATO (AP) — Meteor hunters say they have found two more remnants of the streaking fireball that lit up California skies last month.
The latest find — reported on Thursday — was also in the San Francisco Bay area city of Novato and brings the total number of chunks of rock that fell from the Oct. 17 meteor explosion to four. The meteorites are known as metal chondrites because they contain microscopic metal particles called chondrules.
The exploding streak was especially visible over the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of Northern California, with reports of a bright fireball and loud boom from Santa Cruz County to Mendocino County.
Dogs alert sleeping man to fire, but 1 dog dies
SAN JOSE (AP) — Four dogs woke a sleeping man who escaped with his life as flames roared through a Northern California four-plex.
The man ran downstairs with three dogs on his heels, but one of the dogs made a wrong turn into a bedroom and died of smoke inhalation.
Firefighters arrived Thursday night to find a bedroom fully involved in flames and heavy smoke on the second floor.
Man gets 17 years for stabbing death of ex
REDWOOD CITY (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the 1995 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in front of their toddler daughter.
San Mateo County prosecutors say Jose Luis Arreola Cruz killed Gabriella Tello with a kitchen knife in her East Palo Alto home.
He was arrested in 2011 while trying to re-enter the United States from Mexico.
Lower production, prices hurt Chevron 3Q profit
SAM RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. said Friday its third-quarter net income fell 33 percent as production declined and it sold oil and gas at lower prices.
The nation's second-largest oil company earned $5.25 billion, or $2.69 per share, in the July-through-September quarter. That compared with net income of $7.83 billion, or $3.92 per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue fell to $55.66 billion from $61.26 billion.
The sluggish global economy has cut into worldwide demand for energy products, from gasoline and diesel to jet fuel. Concerns about economic growth have caused oil and natural gas prices to fall, hurting the bottom line for oil producers.