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Dec 1, 2009 5:20 PM by Associated Press

Gate crashers spur White House security change

The Secret Service will change some of its screening policies after an attention-hungry couple was able to crash the Obama administration's first state dinner.

A government official familiar with the plans says from now on, a staff member from the White House social office will work with the Secret Service at the gates where people check in to attend official events at the president's residence. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because there is an ongoing investigation into the Nov. 24 incident.

The couple who got into the White House state dinner for the visiting Indian prime minister without invitations insists they were invited to the dinner. The White House says the president and first lady were angered by the incident.

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