CALIFORNIA / PG&E not always cited
A review of public records shows the agency responsible for regulating public utilities has taken a mostly hands-off approach to violations by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that even though PG&E had more pipeline infractions than the rest of the state's major pipelines combined over a six-year period, the California Public Utilities Commission did not levy a single fine on the utility during that period. A CPUC panel will review last month's PG&E pipeline blast in San Bruno that killed eight people.
CALIFORNIA / Private spaceship tested
Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo has made its first solo glide flight. SpaceShipTwo was carried aloft 45,000 feet Sunday morning by its mother ship and released over the Mojave Desert. Company officials say SpaceShipTwo then landed at an airport runway on its own followed by the mother ship. The flight took about 25 minutes. SpaceShipTwo is being tested before it can carry tourists to space.
NORTH CAROLINA / Girl, 10, missing
Police are searching for a missing, hearing-impaired 10-year-old girl with an artificial leg, and they have arrested her stepmother on unrelated charges. Police in Hickory said Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday afternoon. A police spokesman said Elisa Baker was arrested Sunday on more than a dozen charges in cases unrelated to the disappearance of her stepdaughter. They include communicating threats, writing worthless checks, larceny and driving with a revoked license.
NATIONWIDE / Ex-Gitmo captive sues
In a first for a former Guantanamo captive freed by a federal judge, a Syrian man now living in Europe is suing the U.S. government for damages from what he calls a "Kafkaesque nightmare." Abdul Razak al-Janko, 32, alleges a decade-long odyssey of detention in Afghanistan and later in U.S. military prisons. The Justice Department is reviewing the lawsuit, said Dean Boyd, a DOJ spokesman.