WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's Justice Department budget is focused on bringing terrorists to justice and preventing more attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft said Tuesday.
Defending his department's proposed $30.2 billion budget plan, Ashcroft said more money is needed for the FBI, agents protecting the border, courthouse security and bed space for detainees.
Ashcroft said that following the Sept. 11 attacks, the Justice Department redefined its mission to stop those "who kill Americans in the name of murderous ideologies."
Underage drinking cited
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly a third of high school students say they binge drink at least once a month, according to a report that says underage drinkers now account for 25 percent of the alcohol consumed in this country.
"Underage drinking has reached epidemic proportions in America," said Joseph Califano Jr., president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which issued the report Tuesday.
The report, which analyzes two years' research, "is a clarion call for national mobilization to curb underage drinking," said Califano, a former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
Mad cow rules ignored
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration has failed to properly enforce its restrictions on animal feed that are intended to keep mad-cow disease from spreading if it ever gets into the country, congressional investigators say.
Feed mills and other firms that violate the rules are seldom punished, and FDA has never even identified all the businesses that should be inspected, the General Accounting Office said in a report released Tuesday.
Governors ask politely
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Governors have demanded more federal money during the first three days of their winter meeting, especially for Medicaid and highway construction, but they moderated their tone when they arrived at the White House.
Visiting President Bush on Monday, they politely asked the president to restore $8.5 billion in highway construction money they would lose next year under his proposed budget. The tone was a far cry from the fiery speeches they've made at the J.W. Marriott Hotel during the National Governors Association winter meeting.
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