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Lawmakers want reversal in CPUC San Bruno probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two legislators are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reverse the president of the California Public Utilities Commission's decision to put himself in charge of a probe into whether Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should be fined for the San Bruno pipeline explosion.

President Michael Peevey has led the commission since 2003, and has faced critiques from federal investigators, consumer advocates and most recently, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, for the commission's safety lapses during his tenure.

Speier and Calif. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, Democrats who represent San Bruno, wrote Brown this week asking him to reverse Peevey's decision.

PG&E could face millions in fines for violating safety rules tied to the Sept. 9, 2010 blast, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

The commission says any settlement with PG&E will require a vote of the five-member panel.

SFO opens yoga room in Terminal 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Travelers going through San Francisco International Airport's Terminal Two have a new way to relax before their flights.

What may be the first airport yoga studio ever has opened there. The dimly lit, silent room — a former storage closet — was officially inaugurated on Thursday.

It is located after the security checkpoint and available to all fliers. The room comes with chairs and yoga mats, but no televisions or instructors. Shoes and the use of cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited. Silence is encouraged.

Airport Director John Martin said the idea came from a visitor to the terminal. The room cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to build.

It is marked by a black and white sign with a Buddha-looking pictogram on it.

Employee data at Redwood City hospital breached

REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — Officials with Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City say the names and Social Security numbers of nearly 400 hospital employees were inadvertently posted to a public website.

The San Mateo County Times reported the breach on Thursday ( It occurred in October 2007, but the information was not removed until last month after hospital officials learned of the error.

The hospital says an employee at a firm it contracts with, Towers Watson, posted the information online. The posting was apparently unintentional, and none of the employees reported becoming victims of identity theft.

San Jose State student arrested in dorm gropings

SAN JOSE  (AP) — Police at San Jose State University have arrested a student suspected of entering dormitory rooms and groping female students.

University spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said at least four women reported that a man walked into their unlocked rooms in the Joe West dorm and touched them. She did not release details of the incidents, only saying that the first report came in around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The suspect was identified with the help of surveillance videos.

Lopes Harris says he's a current student but does not live in the dorms. His name was not immediately released.

The incidents had prompted early-morning campus alerts. They came after two reports of gropings on or near campus in September. No one was arrested in those