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Investigators for Health and Human Services Department have determined that the government's system for tracing foods is riddled with holes, according to a report released Thursday. Keeping track of foods all the way through the supply chain is critical in investigating outbreaks of food-borne illness and possible bioterrorism attacks, yet in a study only 5 of 40 foods could be thoroughly traced.

A bill approved Thursday by the House Financial Services Committee directs Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and financial regulators to set standards that would determine whether employee bonuses at bailed-out financial institutions are reasonable.

At least three US soldiers in Iraq have been killed via electrocution and scores more shocked while showering or using appliances, Pentagon officials were told during a Capitol Hill briefing this week. A task force reportedly has fixed many of the problems but still has to inspect about 65,000 of 90,000 facilities across Iraq. The military contractor responsible for their maintenance faces a wrongful death suit.


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