Friday, May 26, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed
President George W. Bush's nominee, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, as interior secretary on Friday, after several lawmakers lifted procedural holds that allowed the vote to proceed. Full Story The Interior Department manages national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands, which account for 1 acre (0.4 hectares) out of every 5 acres in the United States.