Nation Briefs: NASA to try launch again

Published: March 15, 2009
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SPACE

NASA to try launch again
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is unsure what caused the hydrogen gas leak that prevented the space shuttle Discovery from flying but will attempt another launch today. Shuttle managers are hopeful repairs at the launch pad have solved the problem. There’s "a potential risk” that the leak will recur, said Mike Moses, chairman of the mission management team. That would mean yet another delay for the international space station construction mission, which already is running more than a month late. NASA has until Tuesday to launch Discovery before having to wait until March 26.

ECONOMY

Teachers get layoff notices
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Public school employees throughout California have been warned of wrenching classroom cuts as districts face a deadline for issuing layoff notices. Most years many of those notices would be rescinded, but this year the ritual is more fraught with uncertainty because of the economy. The state Education Department estimates that preliminary pink slips will have been handed to 26,500 teachers by today’s cutoff.

BUSINESS

Superman comic nets $317,200
NEW YORK — A rare copy of the first comic book featuring Superman has sold for $317,200 in an Internet auction. The previous owner of Action Comics No. 1 bought it for less than a buck. It’s one of the highest prices ever paid for a comic book. The winning bid was placed Friday night.

CRIME

Town hit again by arsonist
COATESVILLE, Pa. — The arson-plagued Philadelphia suburb of Coatesville was struck by yet another deliberately set fire early Saturday, the 20th in the city so far this year, authorities said. The blaze badly damaged two homes on East Valley Road in the city, authorities said.

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