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Tough law to fight bullying approved

TRENTON | New Jersey lawmakers have approved what advocates say will be the nation’s toughest laws to fight bullying in institutions of learning.

The state General Assembly and Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill Monday. It now goes to Gov. Chris Christie.

It would require anti-bullying programs in public schools and language in college codes of conduct to address bullying. The measure would update a law on the books since 2002.

The bill has been in the works for some time but gained attention after the high-profile suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi. He killed himself in September after his roommate allegedly spied on his liaison with a man on a webcam.

The Republican governor has not said whether he would sign the bill, but he spoke out against bullying after Mr. Clementi’s death.


‘Star-Spangled Banner’ copy to sell at auction

NEW YORK | An 1814 first edition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is heading for the auction block in New York City. It’s estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at the sale early next month.

Christie’s auction house says it’s the only known copy in private hands and one of only 11 first-edition copies known to exist. The others are in institutions or university libraries. The auction is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Francis Scott Key wrote a first draft of the poem in September 1814 after witnessing the British bombard Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

The poem was then set to music and publisher Thomas Carr rushed the song to print, resulting in typos and Key’s name being omitted. The first edition also called it “A Patriotic Song.” The song wasn’t officially recognized as the national anthem until 1931.


Order blocking Islamic-law measure extended

OKLAHOMA CITY | A federal judge has extended a restraining order blocking an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would prohibit state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

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