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BOY FATALLY STRUCK OUTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL: BYRON  (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy riding his bike to middle school was struck and killed by an SUV driven by the mother of another student.

California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen says Excelsior Middle School student Burgess Hu of Discovery Bay was struck by the vehicle in front of the school in Byron shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.

Fransen says the parent was leaving the school after dropping off her child was turning her SUV right onto Byron Highway when she felt a thud. She immediately stopped and saw that she had run over and pinned the boy, who was wearing a safety helmet.

Authorities say the woman, whose name has not been released, was not arrested, nor given a citation.

SF BAY AREA TRAIN SERVICE RESUMES AFTER GAS LEAK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Service on a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train line resumed at its regularly scheduled time Monday morning after workers capped a gas leak, officials said.

Caltrain service was shut down in both directions after construction crews working on a Caltrain-related project broke a gas main in suburban San Bruno around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The leak was stopped before dawn, KGO-TV reported.

No injuries or evacuations were reported.

After train service was shut down, passengers at two stations were taken by bus to Millbrae to board a southbound train, while northbound passengers were able to board a Bay Area Rapid Transit train, officials said. Caltrain ended its normal service day a short time later.

The leak was about 4 miles from where a gas main exploded in a residential area in 2010, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes.

MAN DIES AFTER PARACHUTING MOUNT ST. HELENA: ST. HELENA  (AP) — Napa County authorities say a man died after colliding with the side of a mountain while parachuting off Mount St. Helena.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that 35-year-old Walden Grindle, an avid BASE jumper, had hiked up a fire trail with a parachute on Sunday to the top of the mountain and jumped off.

BASE jumpers leap from high places: buildings, cliffs or other perches, and parachute down.

Napa County sheriff's Sgt. Doug Pace says Grindle called someone from his cellphone after breaking his hip in the collision.

Grindle had also activated an emergency beacon, and authorities were dispatched at 12:40 p.m.

Crews found Grindle, who was recently married, dead at about 1:10 p.m.


SUICIDE CLOSES SF BAY AREA HIGHWAY: NOVATO  (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area highway was shut down during the busy morning commute after authorities say a woman jumped to her death from an overpass.

The woman jumped onto northbound Highway 101 in Novato around 7:20 a.m. Monday. The California Highway Patrol says she was struck by multiple vehicles.

She has not been identified.

The highway was shut down in both directions although the southbound lanes later reopened. The Marin Independent Journal reports that the northbound lanes were expected to reopen by 10:30 a.m.

CPUC FINALIZES CITATION RULES FOR GAS COMPANIES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission has finalized guidelines for citations against natural gas companies that could cost them as much as $50,000 a day for each safety violation.

The PUC released the guidelines on Friday. In addition to spelling out possible fines, they establish a whistleblower program to allow utility employees to report problems anonymously and without fear of retaliation.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the commission has a backlog of more than 600 natural gas safety violations, including some acknowledged by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after the deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of San Bruno.

The commission says it will soon begin issuing citations for those and other previously identified violations.

ORACLE SUED OVER SF STRIP CLUB CHARGES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco strip club is suing business software maker Oracle Corp. over an unpaid bill of more than $30,000 that was allegedly racked up on a company credit card.

The New Century Theater says a man charged the amount to an Oracle credit card on two separate occasions just days apart last year. In court records, the man is identified as Jose Manuel Gomez Sanchez.

New Century says the credit card Sanchez used was issued by Oracle, so Oracle is responsible for the debt.

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court earlier this month.

Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger declined to comment on the suit.

The Associated Press could not find a contact number for Sanchez, and no attorney was listed for him in online court records.

ALLEGED BRIBE COMPLICATES CALIFORNIA RAPE CASE: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A Northern California rape case took a bizarre turn when a woman was arrested in the middle of the trial on suspicion of flying to Detroit and offering the victim $30,000 not to testify.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( the woman who offered the alleged bribe won't be charged until after Geoffrey Chambers' rape trial in San Jose.

But the judge decided jurors should be told that the witness declined the alleged bribe and that there's no evidence that anyone in the trial was involved.

Chambers, now 53, is accused of raping a 19-year-old female relative.

The defense has argued that the woman made up the story because she was embarrassed about the encounter.

Prosecutors hope the fact that the alleged victim refused the $30,000 could help persuade jurors that her account is credible.