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SAN FRANCISCO — California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a suburban San Francisco neighborhood.

The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges over the San Bruno pipeline explosion reflected nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal law, regulations and standards by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the operation of its gas pipelines.

PG&E faces additional fines of more than $1 billion if convicted of the federal charges, which are separate from the state financial penalties. PG&E has pleaded not guilty.

Juvenile offenders escape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thirty teens broke out of four dormitories at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center at about 11 p.m. Monday night after crawling under a weak spot in the facilities’ chain-link fence.

By late Tuesday, eight were still on the run.

While juvenile records are sealed, police released the names and mug shots of the remaining eight fugitives, all of whom are 17 or 18 years old. None are convicted killers, said Melvin Whitlow, the facility’s superintendent.

Cantor accepts new job

NEW YORK — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is moving to Wall Street, taking a job with investment bank Moelis & Co., the boutique firm said.

Mr. Cantor, 51 who resigned last month after an upset loss in a Republican primary in June, will be vice chairman and managing director at the 7-year-old company founded by longtime Southern California investment banker Ken Moelis.

Jury deliberations start

RICHMOND, Va. — Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with accepting $177,000 in loans and lavish gifts from dietary supplement entrepreneur Jonnie Williams Sr.

The jury began deciding the fate of Mr. McDonnell and Virginia's former first lady, Maureen McDonnell, both 60, after receiving instructions from U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer. They face a 14-count indictment.

Sanford ex-wife complains

WASHINGTON — Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of Congressman Mark Sanford, asked a judge to order the South Carolina Republican to undergo mental evaluations and anger management classes.

The complaint, also reportedly seeks to limit the amount of time the former South Carolina governor can spend with his youngest son.

Mr. Sanford’s office did not respond to requests for comment by deadline. Calls to Jenny Sanford also were not returned.

3 killed in shooting spree

KANSAS CITY, Mo., — Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m.

They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Mo., police department.

Two people were transferred to hospitals with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said in a statement that they located a tan-colored SUV they believe was stolen from the homicide scene, but they are still searching for a suspect.

— Compiled from news services



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