As Christmas nears, Obama and family fly to Hawaii for annual holiday vacation
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holidays in Hawaii, where the president was born and raised.

The first family left Washington aboard Air Force One on Friday night. They are to arrive in Honolulu early Saturday.

White House officials say the president’s vacation itinerary doesn’t include any scheduled public events.

No return date has been given by the White House. Obama himself said earlier Friday that, since a deal hasn’t been reached to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff,” he would be returning to Washington after Christmas. The president told reporters: “I’ll see you next week.”

Obama and his family traditionally spend the end-of-year holidays in Hawaii.

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United to fly non-stop between Chicago and Costa Rica
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The airline also plans to launch a Washington-San José flight in coming days.

United Airlines announced plans Wednesday to begin new non-stop service on several international and domestic routes in the spring, including weekly year-round service between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and San José, Costa Rica, scheduled to begin April 13.

The flight is subject to government approval and will operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the company said in a release.

From other hubs, United also will begin international service between Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport and San José, subject to official approval.

The airline is set to launch new domestic services from Dulles to Vancouver, British Columbia, between Newark and Edmonton and between Denver and Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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