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All the locations may one day have regular 160 mph service. Amtrak said tests need to be performed at 5 mph above what is expected to be a maximum operating speed of 160 mph.

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Village Voice being sold; Backpage.com left behind

DENVER — The Village Voice is being sold, along with all of its affiliated free arts weekly newspapers, but the deal excludes the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.

The buyout is being led by Scott Tobias, the chief operating officer of Village Voice Media Holdings LLC. Mr. Tobias will become the new organization’s chief executive.

He said he has lined up private financing to buy almost all of the Phoenix company’s assets, which include LA Weekly and SF Weekly, from the current owners, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

Mr. Larkin and Mr. Lacey will keep ownership of Backpage.com. Terms were not disclosed Monday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports