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Chertoff wants flexibility in managing chemical plant safety

Homeland Security chief encourages ranking facilities based on risk levels.

Chertoff vows feds won't supersede local responders

Emergency personnel should be trained to respond to non-traditional threats, Homeland Security chief says.

Bird flu screening to be expanded

Tests will be conducted on more than 75,000 birds in 2006, Interior Secretary Gale Norton says.

Customs bureau may seek private sector help

With only 80 inspectors to validate cargo security plans for about 10,000 companies, agency is looking for extra support.

Pentagon seeks to explain rise in sexual assault reports

Officials view increase as sign that new confidentiality policies are working.

NSA program broader than previously described

Warrantless eavesdropping involves analyzing far-reaching web of communications data.

House panel approves DHS management changes

Members hold off on considering merger of ICE and CBP, stronger protections for homeland security whistleblowers.

Senator decries agency coordination in Iraq, Afghanistan

Key legislator requests report outlining plans to implement a presidential directive on management of interagency reconstruction, stabilization efforts.

Senator opposes steep hikes in Tricare fees, calls for study

Pentagon officials have proposed boost in one-time enrollment fees and recurring co-pays that would save about $735 million in fiscal 2007.

British demand better access to fighter jet program

The Pentagon recently decided to make a U.S. company the sole engine developer for the jet, a move feared to drive up costs and cause delays.