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WEIGHTLIFTER SHOT, SAYS DUMBBELL DROPPED ON BULLET: MODESTO  (AP) — A California weightlifter says he accidentally shot himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet.

The man was wounded in the shoulder.

He told Modesto police officers he was lifting dumbbells in his home Wednesday night when he dropped one on a .22 caliber bullet. The man's name hasn't been released.

Modesto police investigators say the man's story is suspicious, but not impossible.

Officer Chris Adams tells said  that impact on the rim of the bullet could have caused it to fire.

Officers did not find a gun but did find the shell casing.  Neighbors did not see anyone leaving the man's home.

BURGLAR ARRESTED IN SHOWER AFTER CHAMPAGNE, MEAL: JOSHUA TREE  (AP) — Police say a naked burglar has been arrested while taking a shower after he sipped champagne and ate a meal in a Southern California family's home.

San Bernardino County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Wilson says 25-year-old Michael Calvert was arrested at gunpoint by deputies while he lathered up in the shower Thursday night.

KCDZ radio says that after helping himself to a bottle of champagne and a meal, Calvert decided to take a shower in the Joshua Tree home. The Mojave Desert community is 130 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

The homeowners called 911 after returning home at 8:10 p.m. and hearing someone in the shower.

CALIF. WATER PROJECTIONS INCREASED AFTER RAINS: FRESNO  (AP) — Thanks to increased rain and an improved snowpack, water agencies that supply California residents and farmers will be getting a little more water than they were expecting.

The Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the federal Central Valley Project, announced Friday that agricultural water contractors on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley should expect to receive 40 percent of the water they had requested. That's still less than what they wanted, but it's up 10 percent from earlier estimates.

Municipal and industrial water contractors south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta would receive 75 percent of the water they requested.

Officials say the increased amounts are based on a recent increase in the amount of rain. Two storms in the San Joaquin Valley dropped a record amount of rain this week, and more storms are expected.


CLOVIS POLICE KILL SUSPECT IN 2 OVERNIGHT SLAYINGS: CLOVIS . (AP) — Police in California are investigating a double murder that was followed by an officer-involved shooting of the alleged gunman.

Clovis police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said officers shot a 40-year-old man whom they believe is responsible for two murders Friday.

Stoll-Lee says the officers found two people dead at two houses across the street from each other just after midnight. While performing a safety check, the officers were confronted by a man who walked up to them holding a shotgun.

Two of the officers shot him and he died three hours later at Community Regional Medical Center.

Officials say the gunman also rang the doorbell and banged on the door of a nearby convent. He entered the church and shot at a crucifix.

MARINE FACES TRIAL FOR BARRACKS CROWBAR KILLING: CAMP PENDLETON  (AP) — A Camp Pendleton Marine accused of beating to death his roommate with a crowbar in a barracks will be court-martialed.

It was announced Thursday that 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Darren Evans faces trial for premeditated murder and other crimes. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Military prosecutors says Evans had been drinking when he allegedly used the claw end of a crowbar to kill 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Mario Arias Jr. in November, then jumped off a third-story balcony.

Arias had nine head wounds. Authorities say he may have been attacked in his sleep.