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Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:34 pm

Obama Hawaii vacation: Day 2

The Associated Press

How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday:

- LETTER TO CONGRESS: Obama sent a short letter to Congress to update lawmakers on the use of U.S. forces to help evacuate Americans and government personnel in South Sudan. Obama said the point of an operation on Saturday was to help protect U.S. citizens.

- COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Obama and the first family cheered on Oregon State as the Beavers played Akron in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu. Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is the coach of Oregon State, and the president is a noted basketball fan. The Obamas sat with their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Robinson's family behind the Oregon State bench. Midway through the second half, Obama shifted down to sit with Robinson's wife, who held a young child on her lap. Akron beat Oregon State 83-71.