Reporting for Makeup

More of your tax dollars put to good use: Soldiers from Fort Drum, N.Y., were enlisted by Steven Spielberg to help save the planet in his remake of the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds."

Uncle Sam paid the troops their usual salaries while they fought off make-believe aliens, in addition to an undisclosed per diem from the production company.

Benjamin Abel, a spokesman for the base, told The Post yesterday that the soldiers' involvement with the movie was an officially supported military event. "It's similar to when you see soldiers in a baseball game or interacting with a community," he explained. "We were the closest [base] to the set, and I'd say the best." Participation in the movie was a reward for the base's standout troops. Forty-two members of the Army's 10th Mountain Division played roles in two scenes.

An End to Roy Horn's Tiger Tale?

Federal investigators still don't know why the tiger Montecore mauled Las Vegas entertainer Roy Horn almost two years ago, but they've ruled out hunger, audience provocation or a terrorist in a beehive hairdo armed with a behavior-altering spray as possible causes.

A September 2004 Department of Agriculture investigation report, obtained by the Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, says there is no apparent reason why the 7-year-old, 380-pound white tiger attacked his longtime trainer and owner during a performance at the Mirage by Horn and his partner, Siegfried Fischbacher. Horn suffered a crushed windpipe and damage to the artery that carries oxygen to his brain.

Detectives with the Las Vegas Police Department's homeland security unit also assisted the feds' investigation because some of the now-dismissed scenarios suggested terrorism -- among them, that animal rights activists engineered the attack, or that someone wanted to send Vegas into an economic tailspin.

"At the end of it all, we don't have a reason," MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said.

Noted . . .

* "Sin City" star Rosario Dawson stopped in Washington yesterday to stir interest in Voto Latino, a nonprofit that aims to increase voting power and civic activism among Hispanic-Americans. The 26-year-old actress told The Post that she didn't have time to see the sights between her meetings for the organization, but will swing through town again when school is back in session. Her younger brother, Clay, is a medical student at George Washington University.

* She's off and running -- a golf club, that is. Donald Trump's third season "Apprentice" winner, Kendra Todd, started work on Monday at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. She'll work at the club for three months under the direction of Trump adviser Carolyn Kepcher, before returning to her home state of Florida to oversee the renovation of Trump's Palm Beach mansion. Todd was the first woman to win the reality show and snagged a $250,000 annual salary. Todd said the view from her office isn't too shabby either: "There's so many windows I have to turn up the air conditioner, because there's so much sun."

. . . And Quoted

"I have loved to shop since I was 5 years old. My father was a Presbyterian minister. On Saturdays he would go to the church to prepare things, work on his sermon [and] my mother and I would head to the stores. So what can I say?"

-- Condoleezza Rice on America's fascination with her clothes, to Fox News Channel anchor Brian Kilmeade.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Roy Horn and a feline co-star in happier days, before he was mauled. Investigators found no reason for the 2003 attack.