SAN MATEO Co., Calif. — A PG&E natural gas pipeline that exploded during pressure testing on Sunday afternoon, causing a mudslide across Interstate Highway 280 in
    Woodside, was likely damaged by a backhoe, a utility spokesman said

    PG&E crews this morning were determining how to extract and
    replace the damaged section of Line 132, which ruptured during hydrostatic
    testing on a knoll above Highway 280 near Farm Hill Boulevard at about 3:20
    p.m., PG&E spokesman David Eisenhauer said.

    A preliminary investigation indicated that the section of pipe
    that ruptured had been damaged by a backhoe sometime after the line was
    installed in 1947. PG&E is looking into when that damage might have occurred
    and what agency might have been responsible, Eisenhauer said.

    The explosion left a 5-foot-by-5-foot crater in the hillside, and
    water from inside the pipeline caused a mudslide that reached northbound
    Highway 280 and blocked two lanes for about four hours, California Highway
    Patrol Officer

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  • Curbed SF

    Sally Kuchar

    First listed in July of 2009 for completely obtainable and reasonable price of $39,500,000, 2950 Broadway sold for a mind-boggling $29,500,000. That's right, kiddies. Twenty nine million, five hundred thousand bucks.

    Even at $10M off, it's still one of San Francisco's most expensive single-family home sales in our city's history. But that's the price you've got the pay to live on BIllionaire's Row, which features the majority of San Francisco's most expensive single-family homes that are currently for sale on the open market.

    View more photos inside the mansion.

    The house was designed in 1922 by San Francisco starchitect Fredrick H. Meyer, and is a 4-story, 6-bed, 5-full, and 2-half bath mega mansion that clocks in at a spacious 11,000-square-feet. The property has every highlight you could possibly imagine, but we think one of its most unique features is an outdoor pool that's plopped right in the middle of the lush and meticulously manicured garden. And yes,

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  • Crowds attempt to shut down Oakland

    Pueng Vongs, Y! SF Editor

    Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Oakland Wednesday to join in a general strike against the city. Protesters from the Occupy Oakland movement aimed to shut down the city's businesses in response to economic inequality and to the violent crackdown on protesters who had set up camp nearby.

    The all day protests and marches were mostly peaceful. There were some reports of break-off groups smashing windows at banks and the Whole Foods in Oakland.

    In the evening, participants boarded buses and converged on the Port of Oakland to block entrances. Many port workers left early ahead of the crowd's arrival. ILWU representatives said they do not sanction a strike.

    An official told Reuters maritime operations at the Oakland port, which handles some $39 billion a year in imports and exports, had been "effectively shut down" by the thousands of marchers that gathered there.

    Normally bustling on a weekday, downtown Oakland seemed more quiet than usual,

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  • 50 Britons trapped in French Alps gymnasium after heavy snow
    50 Britons trapped in French Alps gymnasium after heavy snow

    Albertville (France) (AFP) - A group of around 50 British holiday makers bitterly complained of inaction Sunday after being stuck in a French gymnasium for a second night following heavy snowfall in the Alps.

  • English festive schedule 'a disgrace': Poyet
    English festive schedule 'a disgrace': Poyet

    London (AFP) - Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has hit out at the Premier League's jam-packed festive fixture schedule, branding the arrangement "a disgrace" in comments published by several British newspapers on Sunday.

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