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Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California voters embraced the idea of building the nation's first real high-speed rail system, which promised to whisk travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, a trip that can take six hours or more by car. In the second phase of a court challenge filed in 2011, attorneys for a group of Central Valley farmers will argue...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend

NEW YORK— " Kung Fu Panda 3" again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" Joel and Ethan Coen's' 50 s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar! "opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million for Universal Pictures.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Iran: Pay us for our oil in euros

Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros, a source told Reuters.
Source: Reuters
1 person killed in plant explosion in Georgia

ROCKMART, Ga.— A coroner says a man has died and six others were injured in an explosion at a plant in northwest Georgia. Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier says 25- year-old Justin Deems died in the explosion that occurred at 2:37 a.m. Sunday at JCG Farms, a feed mill related to chicken farming. Rockmart City manager Jeff Ellis told local media that the cause of the...
Source: The Associated Press
Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— Jessica Ries settles in behind the counter of Tip Top Tux and phones a couple to remind them of an upcoming fitting before their wedding. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate— a tough proposition in a legislature with an...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press
UPDATE 2-Casino Group to sell Big C stake to Thai TCC Group

*Deal to boost tycoon Charoen's retail presence in Thailand. HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, Feb 7- France's Casino Group has agreed to sell its majority stake in Thai hypermarket operator Big C Supercenter for 3.1 billion euros excluding debt to Thailand's TCC Group, it said on Sunday. Casino announced a 4- billion-euro disposal plan in 2016, including the sale of its...
Source: Reuters | By: Denny Thomas and Khettiya Jittapong
Pilot after Somalia emergency: Airplane security is "zero"

BELGRADE, Serbia— The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a three-foot hole on its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." The blast sucked a male passenger out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Somalia's...
Source: The Associated Press
Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

EDEN, N.C.— Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17- ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia- North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer
Steinem, Albright rip women Sanders backers

Hillary Clinton's older feminist supporters have a message for young women not backing her candidacy: Shame on you, The New York Times reports.
Source: The New York Times | By: By Alan Rappeport
Authorities close German unit of Canada's Maple Financial

BERLIN— German authorities have ordered the closure of Maple Bank after the Canadian-owned company was investigated for alleged tax evasion and money laundering. Maple Bank, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is part of Canada's Maple Financial Group. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority said Sunday that it has forbidden Maple Bank from making payments or...
Source: The Associated Press