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HOUSE APPROVES MASSIVE BUDGET FOR PENTAGON

WASHINGTON

The House approved modest changes to President Bush's record Pentagon budget proposal early Sunday. The House's $459.6-billion version of the defense budget, approved on a 395-13 vote, would add money for equipment for the National Guard and Reserve, provide for 12,000 additional soldiers and Marines, and increase spending for defense health care and military housing. The measure does not include 2008 funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also Sunday, President Bush signed into law an expansion of the government's power to eavesdrop on foreign terror suspects without the need for warrants.

Elsewhere

Cape Canaveral: NASA began the countdown Sunday night for the launch of Endeavour after completing one final test to make sure the space shuttle's crew cabin was airtight. The shuttle is set for takeoff Wednesday at 6:36 p.m.

Newark, N.J.: Four young people were shot in the head at close range in a school parking lot, killing all but one, authorities said Sunday. The victims were lined up against a wall, the prosecutor's office said. No one has been arrested, and investigators had no information on a motive.

Helena, Mont.: A state of emergency was declared in Montana on Sunday because of wildfires. One wildfire started Friday and exploded to about 12 square miles by late Saturday. On Sunday, it more than doubled to about 28 square miles. Fire information officer Pat Cross estimated containment at zero percent, "only because there isn't a lower number."

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