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EX-49ER CONVICTED IN FORMER BOYFRIEND'S BEATING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been found guilty of several misdemeanors involving a violent dispute with an ex-boyfriend at a Chinese restaurant last year.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( the 31-year-old former lineman was convicted Monday of misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and assault for the August 2012 attack. Harris was acquitted of felony domestic violence and assault. He's scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.

Prosecutors say Harris became angry after his boyfriend at the time, Dimitri Geier, tried to put soy sauce on his rice at a restaurant. They said Harris pinned the boyfriend against a window and hit him several times in the face and head.

Harris' attorney, Alin Cintean, says his client punched Geier only once and did it in self-defense.

Geier suffered several facial fractures that required surgery.

PG&E FINED $8.1M FOR SUBSTANDARD INSPECTIONS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have fined Pacific Gas & Electric Co. more than $8 million for a contractor's botched inspections of more than 200 welds on natural gas pipelines.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( the state's Public Utilities Commission levied the $8.1 million fine Tuesday against TC Inspections Inc. The state agency found the company performed substandard inspections on a dozen pipelines during a program that PG&E began after the San Bruno pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010.

PG&E discovered problems with the company's work when crews replaced a gas line in Brentwood, which had not yet been put in service. The utility said none of the lines pose a public danger.

PG&E has 10 days to appeal the fine if it chooses to do so.

SF SUPERVISORS VOTE TO CLOSE CITY PARKS OVERNIGHT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have supported a measure to close city parks from midnight to 5 a.m. in an effort to thwart vandals, metal thieves and others who damage the parks at night.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 6-5 for the closures, saying current operating hours are inconsistent and unenforceable.

Homeless advocates argued the new hours discriminate against the poor, but Supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the legislation, said it is already illegal to sleep in parks.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who opposed the measure, called the move "mean spirited" and said it would push the homeless into neighborhoods at night.

The board will take a second vote on the measure next week, and then it will be sent to the mayor.

SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES MEASURE TO SHOOT PIGS: SAN JOSE . (AP) — San Jose councilmembers have approved a measure that allows residents to shoot wild pigs that have become a nuisance by ripping up lawns and golf course fairways.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( the council voted 8-3 on Tuesday to permit the shooting that will remain in effect for three months.

Councilman Johnny Khamis says it's not his intention to commit a pig genocide but he's concerned the pigs may attack residents.

Dozens of the 200-pound pigs have been spotted in South San Jose this fall. Some people have reported thousands of dollars in damage as the pigs try to dig up food under the grass.

Those who are thinking about shooting a pig has to obtain a depredation permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

PAROLEE KILLED BY CA POLICE AFTER CONFRONTATION: FAIRFIELD  (AP) — Authorities say a parolee suspected of stabbing his girlfriend more than 30 times has been shot and killed by police on a highway in Fairfield after he lunged at officers with a knife.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( 24-year-old Deonte Traylor confronted officers early Tuesday when they responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. Officers found a woman who had been stabbed at least 30 times. She was taken to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

Traylor escaped and fled on foot to Highway 12, where authorities say he attacked officers with a knife. Officers opened fire and Traylor was taken to a hospital where he died.

Police say Traylor was on parole for robbery and had a lengthy criminal history.

1-MONTH OLD CALIF. BOY FOUND, FATHER ARRESTED: SUNNYVALE  (AP) — A 1-month old Northern California boy who authorities say was kidnapped has been recovered, and his father has been arrested by Mexican authorities.

Henry Guler-Romero of Sunnyvale was allegedly abducted by his father, 22-year-old Mesut Guler, around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, and an Amber Alert was issued.

KGO-TV reports that Guler was arrested on Wednesday on a $1 million warrant obtained by Sunnyvale investigators.

The station says Guler was stopped at a checkpoint in Mexico and questioned by authorities. They contacted U.S. Border Patrol, who discovered the warrant.