Public tours of the White House, canceled this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis, officials said Friday, in a welcome announcement for the many who found themselves locked out of "the people's house." The self-guided tours are to resume Nov. 5 and continue through Jan. 15. Tours will be allowed an average of three days a week, down from five, said the Secret Service, which is responsible for White House security. The White House scrapped the tours after mandatory budget cuts took effect in March. The Secret Service said the tours can resume under a temporary funding bill that President Barack Obama signed Thursday for the budget year that began Oct. 1.
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MUNRO TOO ILL TO COLLECT NOBEL
Alice Munro, winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature, won't travel to Stockholm, Sweden, to collect her award because of poor health, the Swedish Academy said Friday. Academy secretary Peter Englund said the 82-year-old Canadian had declined the invitation, and it was not clear who will represent her at the Dec. 10 award ceremony.
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BY THE NUMBERS
1 in 48,000
Chance that a 1,300-foot asteroid will hit Earth when it revisits in August 2032, after coming within 4.2 million miles of the planet last month and going unnoticed, according to NASA.