President Obama and his family greet children dressed in elf costumes at the National Building Museum in Washington.



'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box-office win

LOS ANGELES - James Bond is in a box-office photo finish with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last slow weekend of the holidays.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Sony's Bond tale "Skyfall" took in $11 million to move back to No. 1 in its fifth weekend.

That put it narrowly ahead of Paramount's "Rise of the Guardians," the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny and other mythological heroes that pulled in $10.5 million.

The two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which had been tops for three straight weekends. The "Twilight" finale earned $9.2 million, slipping into a tight race for No. 3 with Disney's "Lincoln," which was close behind with $9.1 million.

The top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings could change once final weekend revenues are released today.

3 dead, 3 kids wounded were in gunman's family

PORTERVILLE - A tribal official says the three people who died and three children wounded in shootings around an Indian reservation in California were the gunman's family members.

Tribal Council Secretary Rhoda Hunter said Sunday that the woman and two men found dead Saturday on the Tule River Indian Reservation were Hector Celaya's mother and her two brothers.

Hunter said a boy and two girls who were wounded by gunshots are Celaya's children. Authorities said the boy is in critical condition, and one girl suffered life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not said what motivated Celaya to kill his relatives, who lived in a travel trailer on a family compound on the reservation of about 800 people.

Celaya also died Sunday from injuries sustained during a shootout with police who were trying to apprehend him.

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Obama family attends annual holiday concert

A holiday concert attended Sunday by President Obama and his family included some non-traditional entertainment this year: a performance by South Korean rapper and Internet sensation PSY.

PSY - wearing an all-red outfit including a sparkling, sequined top - was backed by dancers wearing reindeer antlers as he performed his "Gangnam Style" dance, which mimics riding a horse.

The rapper, born Park Jae-sang, had apologized Friday for using what he called "inflammatory and inappropriate language" during anti-U.S. protests at concerts in 2002 and 2004. The flak from his remarks didn't dampen the festive holiday mood Sunday.


Police: Boys, 7 and 11, attempt robbery with gun

PORTLAND - Two boys, ages 7 and 11, are accused of trying to rob a woman with a loaded gun, police said Sunday.

The 11-year-old boy had a .22-caliber loaded handgun when officers found him Saturday at the parking lot of a church, police said. Detectives were investigating how the boys obtained a gun.

The boys are accused of trying to carjack a 22-year-old woman who was in her family's truck waiting for her parents at the church parking lot. The woman said the boys then demanded cash and her phone, and that the younger boy told the older one to "show her your piece."

"The woman again refused to give them anything and she drove away, calling 911. As she pulled away, she saw the 11-year-old pull the gun from his pocket," police said.

The boys were apprehended by officers responding to reports of children with guns. When they arrived, the boys tried to run away.

After the boys were caught, officers returned the boys to their families, but the 11-year-old tried to escape his parents' house, police said. Officers later caught him.


Storm brings heavy snow to Minn., Wis., SD

MINNEAPOLIS - The heaviest snowstorm to hit the region in two winters dumped loads of snow across a broad belt of Minnesota including the Twin Cities area Sunday, as well as parts of western Wisconsin.

The slow-moving storm caused difficult driving and mostly minor traffic accidents across much of Minnesota, highway closures in eastern South Dakota, and flight cancellations and delays at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Associated Press