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 Most years many of those notices would be rescinded, but this year the ritual is more fraught with uncertainty because of the economy.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.
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.
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.