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First dog Bo joined the welcoming committee Tuesday as Mr. Obama decided to spend part of the first full workday of his second term chatting up people taking the White House tour.

Mrs. Obama put out word about their surprise receiving line in the Blue Room by tweeting: “Shhhh! Barack, Bo and I are about to surprise folks on @WhiteHouse tours! I love doing this.”

Visitors congratulated Mr. Obama on the inauguration, chatted about the weather and admired Bo. Most got hearty handshakes; a few got hugs.

Discussing Monday’s fairly mild weather for the inaugural, Mr. Obama told one guest, “We dodged a bullet.”


U.S. to join suit over state’s betting law

NEWARK — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed notice that it is joining sports leagues’ effort to stop New Jersey from instituting sports gambling.

In a filing Tuesday, federal attorneys asked a judge to give them until the end of next week to respond to constitutional challenges made by the state. Attorneys representing New Jersey have argued in court papers that an early 1990s federal law prohibiting sports gambling in all but four states is unconstitutional.

Oral arguments are scheduled for next month.

The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA filed suit last year after Gov. Chris Christie signed a law that would allow sports wagering at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s horse racing tracks.

Last month, a federal judge denied the state’s motion to throw out the lawsuit.


Schwarzenegger calls for leaders to think beyond laws

LONDON — Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies.

The 65-year-old action star was in London on Tuesday for the U.K. premiere of the film “The Last Stand,” his first leading role since serving as California’s governor for seven years.

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