Obama to hold year-end news conference before Hawaii getaway

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to take questions from reporters at the White House before starting his annual Hawaii vacation.

The White House says Obama will hold his traditional year-end news conference this afternoon. Then the president will leave for San Bernardino, California, where he plans to meet with families of the 14 victims of the recent mass shooting. Obama doesn't plan any public appearances while in California.

The California stop will be Obama's last before he travels to Hawaii to spend Christmas and New Year's with his family. Obama has vacationed in Hawaii every year since taking office.

Obama is scheduled to return to the White House on Jan. 4 to start his last year in office.