Areas as large as Phoenix and San Diego are allowed "sustainment" funding, but no longer qualify for major terrorism-preparedness grant program.
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Millions enjoy access to new benefit despite bumps including computer glitches and jammed phone lines.
Legislation would allow some public-private competitions, but prevent full resumption of effort to put federal jobs up for bid.
International stocks are biggest performers, gaining 4.64 percent.
Final appropriations bills incorporate more of President Bush’s proposed program cuts than last year.
Cadets at the Colorado institution report fewer incidents than students at the Military and Naval academies.
Regions must pull together, submit spending plans and compete for funding.