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July 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016

PG&E knew years ago gas-line data was lacking, manager testifies
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. knew more than 15 years ago that it lacked information about the dimensions and strength of its oldest gas pipelines, but did not order its engineers to inspect them, a PG&E manager testified Wednesday at the utility’s trial on pipeline-safety charges. Instead, PG&E joined other gas and electric companies in lobbying federal regulators to ease inspection requirements, said Todd Hogenson, the utility’s senior manager for pipeline engineering design. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle

Teen's father contends Fresno police have 'a culture' of shooting unarmed people
A day after Fresno police released video footage of officers shooting and killing an unarmed 19-year-old, the man’s father filed a legal claim saying the department has a culture of using “grossly disproportionate” force against residents. In a new claim filed against the city on Thursday, Dylan Noble’s father alleged that the Fresno Police Department “acted with reckless or callous disregard” for his son’s rights. By Veronica Rocha — Los Angeles Times

Microsoft wins appeal over U.S. email requests
In a ruling that has important data security implications, a court ruled Thursday Microsoft can't be forced to give the government e-mails stored in Ireland that are part of a U.S. drug investigation. “This is an an incredibly important ruling, one of the most important in a long time,” said Craig Newman, who heads the data privacy practice at the New York law firm Patterson Belknap. By Elizabeth Weise — USA Today

Trump's policies would be unconstitutional and will be challenged if adopted, ACLU says
The American Civil Liberties Union is vowing to file constitutional challenges to several policies of Donald Trump if he should win election and implement them. The ACLU sees constitutional problems with Trump’s proposals on immigration, American Muslims, torture and freedom of speech. “If implemented, Donald Trump’s proposed policies will spark a constitutional and legal challenge that would require all hands on deck at the ACLU,” says ACLU executive director Anthony Romero in a press release. By Debra Cassens Weiss — ABA Journal

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