NASA to try launch againCAPE 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 noticesSAN 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 Most years many of those notices would be rescinded, but this year the ritual is more fraught with uncertainty because of the economy.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 $317,200NEW 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 arsonistCOATESVILLE, 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. John Hageman of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the fire was determined to be arson, but he declined to provide details.
‘Model’ audition shut downNEW YORK — Three people were arrested and six others hurt Saturday after bedlam broke out while they waited to audition for "America’s Next Top Model,” police said. Police didn’t know what prompted the chaos involving hundreds of people outside the Park Central New York hotel in Manhattan. The panic left the street outside the hotel littered with shoes and clothing, reports said. Three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges. Authorities also shut down the audition, saying it wasn’t properly organized.
Man jailed in doe shootingBURLINGTON, Vt. — A man who bolted antlers to the head of a dead doe and posed for a photograph with the deer was fined $400 and jailed for game violations. Marcel Fournier, 19, shot the deer the evening of Nov. 22 and used lag bolts and epoxy to attach a 10-point rack, officials said. He then checked in the kill as lawful game at Barnie’s Market. It’s illegal to kill an antlerless deer, and it’s also illegal to hunt at night. From Wire Services