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People: First family attends holiday benefit concert

From Wire Reports

The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with “The Rock” and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker.

President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual “Christmas in Washington” concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for the Children’s National Health System.

Before the concert, Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, presented gifts – including a basket of children’s books – to former patients of the center. The six youngsters, dressed as elves, posed for portraits with the first family.

“Fast and Furious” actor Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock,” hosted the concert and jokingly sang his own rendition of “Deck the Halls.”

The concert will be broadcast Friday evening on TNT.

South African wins Miss World title

South Africa’s Rolene Strauss has been named the winner of the Miss World 2014 competition in a London finale televised in many parts of the world.

Edina Kulcsar of Hungary was the runner-up and Elizabeth Safrit of the United States took third place.

The winners were announced Sunday after a lengthy competition involving contestants from more than 120 countries.

Each had won the right to represent their country in a series of local and regional competitions.

This year’s contest was marred by the murder last month of Miss Honduras and her sister in that country.

The birthday bunch

Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 81. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 75. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 72. Actor Don Johnson is 65. Movie director Julie Taymor is 62. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 59. Actress Helen Slater is 51. Actress Michelle Dockery (TV: “Downton Abbey”) is 33. Actress Camilla Luddington (TV: “Grey’s Anatomy”) is 31.

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