Cheney has routine physical

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney has a mild case of esophagitis and some small dilation of the arteries behind both knees, his office said Saturday after he completed a two-part annual physical.

Cheney, 64, was at George Washington University Hospital for a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy and vascular screening. The procedures completed his yearly medical checkup. In the first part of the exam last week, an annual heart checkup produced good news for Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, though none since he become vice president in 2001.

Civil rights group meeting in Philly

PHILADELPHIA - Cecilia Munoz has often been heckled about her ethnic background and has been told many times to go home.

That would mean returning to the border town where she grew up, said Munoz, a member of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil-rights organization.

Of the nation's 35 million Hispanics, the majority were born in the United States, said Munoz, vice president of policy for La Raza, which is holding its annual convention this weekend in Philadelphia.

At least 15,000 delegates from the nonprofit group's more than 300 affiliates were expected to attend the four-day conference that runs through Tuesday.

Officials worried about jobs at home for Guard

DES MOINES, Iowa - The nation's governors voiced sharp worries Saturday for the National Guard troops they share with the federal government, with concerns about recruitment targets, benefits and job prospects.

GOP Gov. Mike Huckabee, incoming chairman of the National Governors Association, said more attention must be paid to the needs of guardsmen returning from overseas deployments, especially younger Guard members who need to find work.

More than 30 governors gathered here for their summer meeting.

Congressman urges better transit security

WASHINGTON - The nation's public transportation system is vulnerable to a terrorist attack and measures must be immediately taken to keep trains, subways and buses safe for million of Americans, Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Saturday.

"The subway and bus bombings in London once again caught the world's attention, but were unfortunately just another reminder that public transportation is a favorite target for terrorists," Menendez said in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address.

- From wire reports