CA REGULATORY JUDGES LEVY $1.4 BIL PENALTY TUES AGAINST UTILITY COMPANY PG&E FOR THE DEADLY 2010 SAN BRUNO PIPELINE EXPLOSION *

JUDGES FOUND CA'S LARGEST UTILITY COMMITTED NEARLY 3,800 VIOLATIONS OF STATE AND FED LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN THE OPERATION OF ITS GAS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM *

PG&E IS ALSO FACING FED CHARGES ALLEGING THE UTILITY VIOLATED PUBLIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS *

THE 2010 EXPLOSION IN THE SAN FRANCISCO SUBURB OF SAN BRUNO KILLED EIGHT PEOPLE AND DESTROYED MORE THAN THREE DOZEN HOMES *

AMERICAN MISSIONARY GROUP SAYS ANOTHER AMERICAN DOCTOR HAS CONTRACTED EBOLA WHILE WORKING AT A HOSPITAL IN LIBERIA *

MISSIONARY ORG SAYS THE UNNAMED DOCTOR WORKED IN THE OBSTETRICS WARD OF A HOSPITAL IN THE LIBERIAN CAPITAL OF MONROVIA *

LAST MONTH TWO AMERICANS WERE EVACUATED TO THE U.S. FOR TREATMENT AFTER CONTRACTING THE VIRUS IN LIBERIA *

THE TWO RECOVERED FROM EBOLA AFTER RECEIVING AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG *

PRES OBAMA AUTHORIZES DEPLOYMENT OF AN ADDL 350 TROOPS TO IRAQ TO DEFEND U.S. DIPLOMATIC FACILITIES AND PERSONNEL IN BAGHDAD *

PENTAGON SPOX SAYS THE ADDL MILITARY PERSONNEL WILL PROVIDE "A MORE ROBUST AND SUSTAINABLE SECURITY PRESENCE" AT THE U.S. EMBASSY AND RELATED FACILITIES *

LATEST DEPLOYMENT BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ TO MORE THAN 1,200 *

U.S. MILITARY CONDUCTS AIRSTRIKE MON AGAINST ISIS TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN IRAQ *

THE STRIKE DESTROYED OR DAMAGED 16 ARMED VEHICLES NEAR THE MOSUL DAM, ACCORDING TO U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND *

U.S. MILITARY HAS CONDUCTED A TOTAL OF 124 AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ *

THE WHITE HOUSE WORKING TO AUTHENTICATE A VIDEO PURPORTEDLY SHOWING THE BEHEADING OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST STEVEN SOTLOFF *

THE APPARENT ASSASSINATION BY ISIS COMES TWO WEEKS AFTER THE TERROR ORG POSTED A VIDEO OF THE BEHEADING OF ANOTHER AMERICAN JOURNALIST, JAMES FOLEY *

SOTLOFF ALSO APPEARED IN THAT VIDEO, WITH ISIS VOWING A SIMILAR FATE UNLESS THE U.S. STOPPED AIRSTRIKES ON THE GROUP IN IRAQ *

THE OBAMA ADMIN CALLS THE VIDEO "A SICKENING ACT OF BRUTALITY" *

PENTAGON SAYS U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN SOMALIA MON NIGHT WERE TARGETING EXTREMIST GROUP AL-SHABAB'S LEADER *

NAVY REAR ADMIRAL JOHN KIRBY SAYING HE CAN'T CONFIRM IF THE REBEL LEADER, AHMED ABDI GODANE WAS KILLED *

AL-SHABAB HAS CARRIED OUT A NUMBER OF DEADLY ATTACKS, INCLUDING A MASSACRE AT A KENYAN MALL, WHICH KILLED 67 PPL *

TROPICAL STORM DOLLY MAKES LANDFALL ON MEXICO'S GULF COAST *

THE U.S. HURRICANE CENTER REPORTS DOLLY IS PACKING MAX SUSTAINED WINDS OF 45 MPH AND IS EXPECTED TO BRING FIVE TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN IN VERACRUZ AND TAMAULIPAS *

OFFICIALS SAY SHELTERS ARE PREPARED AND SCHOOL IS CANCELLED FOR WED *

MEANWHILE, TROPICAL STORM NORBERT IS ALSO FORMING OFF MEXICO'S PACIFIC COAST *

THAT STORM IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE BAJA PENINSULA ON THURS *

PRES OBAMA ARRIVES IN TALLINN, ESTONIA, TO MEET WITH LEADERS OF BALTIC NATIONS AHEAD OF A NATO SUMMIT IN WALES ON THURS *

LATER IN THE WK, U.S. AND NATO ALLIES ARE EXPECTED TO APPROVE PLANS TO BOLSTER SECURITY IN MEMBER STATES AMID FEARS OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION *

MEANWHILE, UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIAN MILITARY FORCES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN TWO MAJOR REBEL-HELD CITIES *

MOSCOW HAS REPEATEDLY DENIED CLAIMS ITS FORCES ARE INVADING UKRAINE *