Frank LoBiondo

U.S. to screen names at ports

The Department of Homeland Security will begin checking the names of about 400,000 longshoremen and other employees of port facilities against federal terrorist watch lists, the agency announced yesterday, six weeks after an Arab company's thwarted efforts to do work at some U.S. ports heightened concern about who should be allowed on American docks.

Homeland Security has been under increased pressure to check those handling millions of tons of goods that pass through the ports to U.S. store shelves since Dubai Ports World dropped plans to take over some operations at about two dozen ports last month.

In announcing the name checks yesterday, Homeland Security officials...