PG&E fined over alleged secret dealings

(AP) — State regulators have decided to fine Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $1 million and require its shareholders to cover as much as $400 million of a gas rate increase because of backroom negotiations between the utility and regulators.

Doctor to pay $1.2M in fraudulent billing case

(AP) — A Southern California doctor has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that he submitted fraudulent bills and received improper payments from federal and state health insurance programs.

Storage company pleads to pumping human waste

(AP) — A storage company in the desert east of San Diego has pleaded guilty to illegally disposing of untreated human waste that may have totaled more than 1 million gallons.

AutoZone ordered to pay $185M over pregnant bias

(AP) — A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

$3M fine proposed against San Jose water firm

(AP) — State water regulators have proposed a record-setting $3 million penalty against a San Jose water firm for a leak of chemically treated drinking water that killed dozens of fish.

City OKs plan for gas-pump climate change labels

(AP) — Climate-change warning labels are coming to gas pumps in Berkeley, California, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.

Crews try to ID substance in Calif. plant fire

(AP) — Hazardous materials crews are trying to determine how to deal with an unstable substance remaining after an explosion and fire at a Southern California waste treatment facility.

Students try to block regents from tuition vote 

(AP) — Student protesters tried to block members of the University of California's governing board from a meeting Wednesday to consider a tuition increase during each of the next five years.

Feds accused lab of putting live rabbit in freezer

(AP) — Inspectors say a Northern California testing laboratory violated federal law when a rabbit that was presumed dead was discovered alive in a freezer for carcasses.

Southern California port truckers expand strike

(AP) — A strike by some truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is being expanded, with protest organizers targeting three more companies they accuse of unfair labor practices.