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War supplemental faces lengthy debate

Proposals to loosen immigration requirements could slow action on the legislation.

Justice forms procurement fraud task force

In wake of scandal at Defense Department, new working group aims to combat abuses in acquisition system.

Administration readies new ID standard for employees

Agencies must submit plans for incorporating new standards by June and comply by October.

National critical infrastructure plan nears completion

But members of information-sharing councils cite worsening relations between industry and Homeland Security Department.

DHS favors easing deadline on state security funds

Investigations found local communities had not received or spent the nearly $14 billion in federal funding allocated for counterterrorism activities.

Student visitor screening process improvements cut clearance time

State Department's Visa Mantis program reduces waiting time from 67 days in 2003 to 15 in 2004.

Los Alamos scientists develop new method to detect smuggled nukes

New approach has advantages over detectors now deployed at U.S. borders, which use either X-rays or gamma rays.

Critics say some military spending items don't belong in emergency bill

Spending requests detailed in 82-page document on the Pentagon's $74.9 billion portion of the supplemental request.