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Panel approves bill creating fertilizer registry at DHS

Measure would require records of anyone who produces, sells or buys ammonium nitrate, which could be used to build a bomb.

Negotiations on budget-cutting bill to end this week

Accelerated timetable means measure is likely to escape more controversial add-ons, which may go to Defense bill instead.

Exercise months before Katrina showed gaps in response

Homeland Security inspector general finds lack of understanding of National Response Plan at all levels of government.

Vets' preference rules at issue in Defense personnel reform

Unions, department officials disagree on whether system could be manipulated to undermine rules requiring preferential treatment for veterans.

Judge orders U.S. to disclose rail-security documents

D.C. attorney general says order should require Bush administration to release secret rail plan for Washington.

Defense rewarded contractors despite poor performance

Pentagon handed out $8 billion in fees even though performance often did not warrant such rewards, GAO reports.

White House announces levee reconstruction plan

Bush will request $1.6 billion for immediate work, and $1.5 billion for longer term reinforcements.