Opposition rises as Calif. high-speed rail begins

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California High Speed Rail
In this photo taken Monday, July 15, 2013, Jeff Morales, chief executive officer of the California High Speed Rail Authority, poses in Fresno, Calif. where construction of the controversial $68 billion bullet train is set to begin. California voters approved a plan to build a high-speed rail system to link Northern and Southern California five years ago. Voters were promised that the rail line would improve access to good-paying jobs, cut pollution and reduce traffic congestion. With work about to begin on the first 30-mile segment in the Central Valley, the region that could see the most benefits is also where opposition has grown most fierce.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)