News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry. The California Department of Public Health lists 3 mostly rural water systems as having less than two months water supply. In February, 17 water systems were on the list.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The commander of Naval Base Point Loma says a report of an armed man on the San Diego base led to detention of a sailor who had fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets. Capt. Scott Adams says a second serviceman was also taken into custody. The report this morning of a possible gunman led to an order that personnel shelter in place on the base.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors in Silicon Valley say authorities have arrested 18 people and seized methamphetamine, cocaine and drug labs as part of an investigation into a major drug distribution ring with ties to a Mexican cartel. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced the arrests and seizures today.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Twenty-five miles of formerly free carpool lanes near downtown Los Angeles would permanently become toll lanes if LA's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has its way. Metro's governing board voted 11-0 today to extend a demonstration project under which drivers need a FasTrak transponder to use carpool lanes on portions of Interstates 10 and 110. The state Legislature must authorize any extension past January.

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