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News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people. The California Public Utilities Commission today announced the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. PG&E can appeal.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California watchdog agency has censured two judges. The Commission on Judicial Performance said today that Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner was censured for having sex with two women in his chambers and contacting prosecutors about jobs for a woman he was having an affair with. Also censured was Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward. The commission says Woodward had a sexual relationship with a court clerk and misled the court about the relationship.

PASO ROBLES, Calif. (AP) - Scientists seeking to put seismic sensors deep in the San Andreas fault to study the mechanics of earthquakes are in danger of losing their funding. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the National Science Foundation has said it is no longer soliciting proposals. Scientists have already spent $25 million drilling one borehole there.

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California woman has been charged with the murder of her 96-year-old mother. Orange County prosecutors say 71-year-old Christine Reynolds was charged today with one count of murder with an enhancement for using a firearm. Authorities say Reynolds shot Gretchen DeStefano in their home in the unincorporated Orange County area of Rossmoor on Thursday.

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