Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is forgoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: A weekend at the presidential mountaintop retreat of Camp David.

The first family was leaving Friday for the isolated and heavily guarded hideaway in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The White House said the family weekend was pre-planned and that he would return to the White House on Sunday.

The family's escape from the White House caps a fierce week of foreign policy eruptions, marked by a downed commercial jetliner over Ukraine and Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, as well as maneuvers over how to address a surge of Central American migrants at the U.S. border.

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