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A federal judge has cut nearly all of a potential $562-million fine against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in a criminal case alleging pipeline safety violations before a deadly explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson issued the order late Tuesday, hours after the U.S. attorney’s office requested it in a court filing. The judge did not explain his reasoning.

Continue reading:  Judge cuts nearly all of $562-million penalty against PG&E in 2010 Bay Area pipeline blast

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