3 March 2017

Rare comic books with Superman, Batman debuts go to auction

This undated photo provided on March 2, 2017 by Metropolis Collectibles in New York shows a copy of a rare 1941 No. 1 Captain America Comics. The comic book is among those owned by Hartford, Conn., attorney John Berk to be auctioned on May 15.
By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut.

But by night (well, really during most of his spare time for the past 45 years) he is known by some as a comic book-collecting super hero.

Berk's collection of more than 18,000 books and 300 pieces of comic-book art goes on display March 11 at the Metropolis Gallery in New York City. He will then sell it off during an online auction at ComicConnect.com that begins May 15.

"The time is just right to move them along and let someone else experience them," said Berk, 66.

Egypt's Mubarak acquitted in final ruling on 2011 deaths

Ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is escorted by medical and security personnel into a helicopter ambulance from Maadi Military Hospital, where he is hospitalized, to be taken to the Cairo Police Academy--turned--court, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Mubarak is standing retrial in charges of complicity in the killings of protesters during 2011 Egyptian uprising.
Egypt's top appeals court issued a final ruling Thursday that effectively acquits former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign.

The Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by prosecutors, allowing an acquittal verdict from 2014 to stand. The judge also rejected a civil petition for compensation from families of some of the hundreds of protesters killed during the 18-day Arab Spring uprising.