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Calif. bullet train in limbo after legal setbacks

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SACRAMENTO — Officials overseeing California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project have taken pains in recent weeks to assure the public that construction plans are moving ahead, characterizing a series of recent setbacks as ‘‘a bump in the road.’’

That optimism comes despite recent court rulings against the project, creating confusion about the bullet train’s prospects.

A Sacramento County judge rescinded the rail authority’s funding plan, forced it to show how it will pay for the first 300 miles of construction, and rejected a request from the authority that would allow the state treasurer to sell $8.6 billion in bonds.

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