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SOMERSET, N.J. | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed an anti-bullying bill that advocates say is the toughest of its kind in the nation, giving a sense of progress to the people attending a conference dedicated to preventing suicide by gay young people.

The “anti-bullying bill of rights” had been in the works for several months, but it picked up steam in the state Legislature after Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student, committed suicide in September. Clementi’s roommate and a third Rutgers student were charged with using a webcam to spy on Clementi during his dorm-room liaison with a man days before the suicide.

Mr. Christie signed the law Wednesday, but did not announce it. Spokesman Michael Drewniak confirmed the signing Thursday.

The Clementi incident, along with a spate of high-profile suicides of other gay youth in September and October, turned an issue that had long been a concern for some in the gay community into a national concern that attracted the public attention of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and entertainers such as Ellen DeGeneres and Margaret Cho.

VERMONT

New governor elected before inaugural

MONTPELIER | Vermont lawmakers have done what voters couldn’t - elect Democrat Peter Shumlin as governor, just hours before he was to take office.

Mr. Shumlin got the most votes for governor in the November election, but he didn’t get more than 50 percent, as required by the Vermont Constitution.

Under state law, candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and treasurer must get at least 50 percent of the votes cast, plus one vote, or else the election goes to the General Assembly. That last happened in 2002.

So the first order of business for the new legislature on Thursday was to elect Mr. Shumlin as a formality. He was to take the oath of office in the afternoon.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama to grant Fox News interview

President Obama has agreed to an interview with Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says it’s in keeping with the president’s custom of granting a pre-game interview to the network that is broadcasting the Super Bowl. Last year, it was with Katie Couric on CBS.

The White House clashed openly with Fox in the first year of Mr. Obama’s administration, deriding it as aligned with the Republican Party. More recently, tensions have subsided, and Mr. Obama had a sit-down with Fox anchor Bret Baier last March.

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