Exec wins okay to run N.Y. schools
The New York state education commissioner agreed Monday to let publishing executive Cathie Black serve as New York City schools chancellor, putting the Hearst Magazines chairwoman in charge of the nation's largest school system. The announcement came after Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to appoint a seasoned educator as deputy to Black, 66, who needed a waiver from the state because she has no background in education. Black, the former publisher of USA Today, will succeed Joel Klein.
Weight Watchers: Eat up, if it's fruit
Fruit is free under the latest Weight Watchers plan. The weight-loss giant said Monday that it is replacing its Points plan with a new system called PointsPlus. Fresh fruits and most vegetables will be zero points. Weight Watchers says the system will help dieters realize that a 100-calorie apple is a better choice than a 100-calorie bag of chips, and is intended to guide people to healthy and satisfying foods.
Arrest comment scares Kenyan gays
An official with Kenya's largest gay rights organization said Monday there is panic among its members after remarks made by Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday that homosexuals should be arrested. Odinga's spokesman later said the prime minister was quoted out of context.