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Mr. Bloomberg announced Nov. 9 that he had chosen Ms. Black, the former publisher of USA Today, to succeed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving at the end of the year to take a job with News Corp.

Mr. Bloomberg called Ms. Black, 66, a “world-class manager” who would inspire the school system’s 1.1 million students and 135,000 employees.


Certification blocked on Islamic law vote

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge has granted a request to prevent the state of Oklahoma from certifying election results for a constitutional amendment that would bar state courts from considering international or Islamic law when deciding cases.

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange said Monday that she granted the preliminary injunction against State Question 755 until she rules on the merits of a challenge to the law. The law was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters in a Nov. 2 referendum.

Muneer Awad with the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma sued to block the law from taking effect. He argues that the ban on Islamic law, also known as Shariah, likely would affect every aspect of his life as well as the execution of his will after his death.


Somali indicted in car-bomb plot

PORTLAND — A federal grand jury has indicted a Somali-American man in a suspected plot to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas-tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.

The indictment, filed Monday, charges Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The teen was arrested Friday evening near the crowded Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, amid an FBI sting operation that followed months of investigation.


Discovery Channel puts Sharks in print

PHILADELPHIA — After chewing up television with its wildly popular Shark Week, Discovery Communications aims to snatch an even bigger bite for its popular franchise: comic books.

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