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Morning Wrap: 9/10/13

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PG&E almost closes out its San Bruno lawsuits, former track star identified as Oakland bank robber, ex-technician accused of sexual battery of patient at Stanford Hospital, more.

Top of the news

On the third anniversary of the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire, PG&E announced it had settled nearly all the remaining victims’ lawsuits for $565 million. Mercury News

Notice the sudden spike in gas prices? It’s being attributed to jitters of Syria and refinery problems. Mercury News

Politics and government

Public schools will no longer be able to let registered sex offenders on campus without first notifying students’ families under a bill signed into law Monday. Mercury News

The state Senate approved a bill to provide condoms in California prisons. Capital Alert

Other news and items of interest

A young homeless man and a teenage girl were arrested I Humboldt County after they allegedly killed a fellow transient by shooting him in the face with a crossbow. Chronicle

The 21-year-old suspect charged with robbing the same Montclair Village bank three times and holding up a fourth in Fruitvale while wearing a storm trooper mask was identified as Noah Blue, one of the state’s top high hurdlers at Skyline High School who later competed at Cal State Northridge. Chronicle

Fire officials say the cost of fighting the Rim Fire in and near Yosemite, believed to have been caused by a hunter’s illegal campfire, has topped $100 million. AP

Died: Legendary Southern California-based car dealer Cal Worthington, 92, whose TV commercials with all manner of animals under the tag “It’s Cal Worthington and his dog spot” made him a household name. AP

A real estate brokers group renewed its push to fight further restrictions by the Board of Supervisors on formula retail stores in San Francisco. SF Business Times

A new smart phone app developed by the California Department of Justice unveiled Monday will allow law enforcement to access local, state and federal criminal databases and file reports from out in the field. Bay City News Service

Police arrested a former Stanford Hospital & Clinics technician on suspicion of sexual battery after a woman in her 40s complained that he had inappropriately touched her breasts and genitals while she was semi-sedated. Palo Alto Daily News

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