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Obama speaking at Baseball HOF

Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is headed to Upstate New York Thursday.

Obama is delivering a speech Thursday afternoon at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the importance of tourism. That will make Obama the first sitting president to visit the baseball shrine, which is closed for security reasons.

Obama announced the trip during his weekly radio address on Saturday. He'll take a brief tour before leaving.

The president's appearance comes at a good time for the Hall of Fame, which is expecting a banner 75th anniversary year. Average attendance has declined by more than 35,000 the last five years.

In his weekly address last week, Obama said the overall U.S. economy and local businesses will benefit if it isn't a hassle for people from other countries to visit the U.S. and spend money at its hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations and other businesses.

A contingent of local residents is expected to stage a rally urging the president to reject hydrofracking. Obama has come out in support of the method used to extract oil and gas from shale.

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Washington Times