PG&E to be arraigned in fatal pipeline blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are set to appear in court on Monday to face federal felony charges involving safety violations tied to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.
An indictment filed this month charges the utility with 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws, which could carry a total possible fine of $6 million, or more if the court decides it benefited financially from the disaster.
Federal prosecutors allege that PG&E knowingly relied on erroneous and incomplete information when assessing the safety of the pipeline that eventually ruptured and sparked a fireball that destroyed 38 San Bruno homes.
Nearly four years later, the neighborhood where eight died and dozens were injured is still recovering.
The company will be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Monday in federal court in San Francisco.
PEANUT ALLERGY DEATH
Family sues Sacramento over peanut allergy death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California couple has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Sacramento in connection with the peanut allergy-related death of their 13-year-old daughter at a city operated camp.
According to the Sacramento Bee, Louis Giorgi and his wife, Joanne, allege that officials at Camp Sacramento were warned numerous times that Natalie had a peanut allergy, and that the girl was conscientious about avoiding troublesome food.
Natalie died after eating a Rice Krispie snack containing peanut butter on July 26 while her parents briefly stepped away. The lawsuit alleges that peanut butter was mixed into the snack and undetectable.
Louis Giorgi, who is a doctor, says he injected Natalie with epinephrine, but it was ineffective.
A city spokeswoman didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
DEADLY CAR CRASH
Girl, 3, killed in car crash
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - A 3-year-old girl was killed in Northern California after being ejected from a vehicle in a crash on Highway 99.
The California Highway Patrol says the crash, which occurred just before 1 p.m. Friday, involved two vehicles - one containing two adults and four children, the other containing two adults.
The CHP says one person was airlifted to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center.
The car that the toddler was riding in overturned several times, and all of the surviving passengers are hospitalized.
KCRA-TV reports that it's unclear what caused the accident.
Recovered woman's body on Mount Tamalpais ID'd
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have identified the woman whose body was recovered on Mount Tamalpais after she went missing during a hike.
The Marin County coroner said Friday that 50-year-old Marie Sanner of Mill Valley was found by crews Thursday a couple of hours after her father reported her missing.
Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman says Sanner appeared to have plunged 50 feet down a steep mountainside drainage area.
Someone previously found the missing woman's dog and called the number on a tag. Sanner began her hike on Wednesday.
Sanner is the second female hiker found dead on Mount Tamalpais this week. Authorities on Sunday found the body of 33-year-old Magdalena Glinkowski, who had been missing for weeks after she also went on a hike.
Authorities do not think the two deaths are connected.
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