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‘Credible’ allegations, but no charges for California priest

Feb. 14, 2020 9:54 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Despite “credible” allegations of sexual abuse against a central California priest, prosecutors said Friday that they are unable to file charges against him because the statute of limitations has expired. Monsignor Craig Harrison was placed on administrative leave from...

FILE - This Oct. 9, 2019 file photo shows the high speed rail viaduct under construction over the San Joaquin River near Fresno, Calif. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is bumping its overall cost estimate for completing the rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles to more than $80 billion. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California bullet train cost rises by another $1 billion

Feb. 12, 2020 6:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — The estimated cost to complete California’s high-speed rail line rose another $1.3 billion, to $80.3 billion, while construction is on schedule to meet a 2022 deadline to have about 20% of the track laid, according to a new business plan released Wednesday. The cost bump is...