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BAY AREA NATURAL GAS PIPELINE RECONNECTED: SAN CARLOS  (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric is reconnecting a Northern California natural-gas pipeline that it was ordered to seal off for safety reasons after concerns surfaced in an e-mail from an engineer.

The California Public Utilities Commission gave PG&E permission Monday to open the 3.8-mile gas-transmission pipeline beneath San Carlos. But it ordered that the utility keep the pressure much lower than normal.

PG&E was forced to shut the pipeline on Oct. 6 after the commission learned that a consulting engineer had raised concerns that the welding was older and less reliable than had been reported.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the engineer was worried that the line could explode, as one did in San Bruno 2010, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes.

DIVER MISSING OFF NORTHERN CALIF. COAST: JENNER  (AP) — A diver is missing off the Northern California coast.

The Coast Guard says the unidentified man was reported missing to them a little before 5 p.m. on Monday. He was about 200 feet off shore near Salt Point State Park in Sonoma County. The park is in Jenner about 90 miles north of San Francisco.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Hoener tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa ( that the man's wife reported him missing.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and lifeboat, but the helicopter had to return because of fog.

Rescuers resumed the search effort on Tuesday.

FORMER CALIF. JUDGE SENTENCED IN ELDER ABUSE CASE: OAKLAND  (AP) — A former Alameda County Superior Court judge has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing from his 97-year-old neighbor who trusted him with her life savings.

The Oakland Tribune says 58-year-old Paul Seeman received his sentence Monday as part of a plea deal in which he was found guilty of one count of financial elder abuse and one count of perjury.

He was also ordered to pay back the $5,600 that he stole.

Seeman lived across the street from the late Anne Nutting and her husband in 1999 when they were banned from living in their Berkeley home, which was deemed uninhabitable.

Seeman offered to help the couple with their legal troubles and won power of attorney over their savings. Prosecutors said he siphoned money from that account after Nutting's husband died.

GOV SEEKS 60-DAY DELAY IN BUS DRIVER LABOR DISPUTE: OAKLAND  (AP) — Governor Jerry Brown is seeking a 60-day cooling off period in a labor dispute between a major San Francisco bay area bus system and its drivers.

The governor on Tuesday said he will ask a judge to order a strike delay after an advisory board found that a strike by Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus drivers would seriously disrupt public transportation and harm public safety.

Brown convened the board after the drivers threatened a walkout last week.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge will hear the governor's request Wednesday morning.

If the judge agrees with the advisory board's findings, it could halt any strike activities for 60 days.