WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday set back the White House's efforts to keep the names of its visitors secret.

The three-member panel of judges threw out the government's appeal in a case brought by a watchdog group trying to find out how often prominent religious conservatives visited the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's residence.

The Bush administration was appealing a federal judge's decision last December that the government should gather the records the watchdog group wants.

Despite the ruling against the White House, public disclosure of visitor logs is by no means assured.