SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric says it has decreased the number of people who could be affected by possible power outages starting Wednesday from 660,000 to about 450,000 because of changes in the weather.
PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian says the utility has been able to decrease the scope of the outages because of a shift in the weather. She says the utility will announce later Tuesday what areas will be affected.
The utility plans to turn off electricity to prevent its power lines from sparking a wildfire amid warm weather and strong winds expected through Thursday.
The planned blackout would be the latest in a series of massive outages by the country’s largest utility, including one last month that affected nearly 2.5 million people and outraged local officials and customers.
Man stabbed to death
aboard BART train
HAYWARD (AP) — A California transit chief said a man was stabbed to death Tuesday during a fight between two men on a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train.
Interim BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez told reporters at a news conference that officials began receiving 911 calls in the afternoon about a fight aboard the train.
Alvarez said transit officers boarded the train at the next stop and found a man bleeding and possibly the victim of a stabbing. He said the man died.
Transit officers searched the area and were able to apprehend a suspect, Alvarez said, though he gave no other details about the victim or the suspect.
Alvarez said there was no threat to other riders because “it was a fight involving two individuals that engaged each other.”
The station in Hayward was closed indefinitely while officers investigate.
50 arrested, guns seized in
Stockton gang takedown
STOCKTON (AP) — Authorities say 50 people were arrested and dozens of guns seized in a law enforcement operation targeting the Norteno street gang in central California.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that the gang members are suspected of a variety of crimes in Stockton.
The defendants could face charges including attempted murder, robbery, drug distribution and multiple weapons violations.
In addition to more than 40 weapons, officers seized drugs including fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
The operation was a joint effort between several local agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Oakland Zoo: Child, not grizzly
bears, cracked glass window
OAKLAND (AP) — A child visitor, not the grizzly bears, cracked a glass viewing window at the Oakland Zoo’s bear exhibit and officials say there’s no need to fear the bears will get out, despite the glass appearance.
Oakland Zoo spokeswoman Erin Harrison said in a statement Tuesday that a child hit a rock against the glass several times, “shattering the laminate layer.”
She says the bulletproof-strength glass at the enclosure where four grizzly bears live is made of six separate panes, each one-inch (2.5 centimeters) thick.
She says another zoo visitor reported the child to staff, but they were unable to locate the child’s family.
Harrison say a replacement glass plane will cost $67,000 and require specialty equipment to install next month.
Former Soviet submarine
docked in California to be sold
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Soviet submarine that became a Los Angeles-area tourist attraction is expected to be sold.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Russian Foxtrot-class submarine known as the Scorpion is going to an anonymous buyer who is expected to remove the vessel by May.
The 48-year-old submarine docked in Long Beach next to the Queen Mary hosted paying visitors for 17 years before falling into disrepair, forcing its closure to the public in 2015.
The submarine is owned by Palm Springs-based NewCo Pty Ltd., which is leasing it to Los Angeles real estate and development company Urban Commons.
Urban Commons says a tentative deal for the submarine was reached but declined to identify the buyer.
Microsoft competes for
popularity with upstart Slack
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft says that its own workplace collaboration service Teams now has more than 20 million daily active users.
That’s 8 million more than what upstart work messaging service Slack boasted of having last month. Microsoft is in a fierce popularity contest with Slack.
Slack, which had its initial public offering in June, was in a federally-mandated quiet period when Microsoft first revealed its Teams metrics in early July.
Slack has since gotten louder about downplaying the numbers, saying users are more engaged with its customizable service than “legacy suites of badly connected products” — a thinly veiled swipe at Microsoft.
Microsoft benefits from being able to bundle Teams as part of a software package that includes email and other products.
Slack’s shares took a hit after Microsoft’s announcement Tuesday.