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Obama will address Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama will speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 7, taking a message of greater American competitiveness to a major trade group that has been sharply critical of some of his domestic policies, the White House said Wednesday.

The announcement comes amid the changing political terrain in Washington that has given more power to congressional Republicans, traditional allies of the business sector.

The White House said Obama is expected to use the speech to reiterate his call to make American industry more competitive internationally and to discuss cooperation in the creation of jobs.

Obama and the Chamber have clashed over health care legislation and climate-change policy.


Man accused of killing mother, attacking wife

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho man is in custody after authorities say he attacked and tied up his wife, forced her into the trunk of his car, put their infant in the back seat, and drove to the home of his mother, whom he had dinner with and then stabbed to death.

Michael J. Lee, 24, of Meridian, was arrested Tuesday night at his mother's house in Eagle, about 15 miles northwest of Boise, Ada County authorities said.

Authorities were called after Lee's 20-year-old wife, still bound in chains, escaped from the trunk of the car and ran to a nearby house for help, Ada County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden said in a news release. The infant was uninjured.

Lee is scheduled to be arraigned on charges including first-degree murder, rape and assault.


Reagan memorabilia going on display Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ronald Reagan's handwritten changes to his "evil empire" speech, his correspondence with Mikhail S. Gorbachev and a bronze cast of Moscow's Kremlin from the former Soviet leader are going on rare public display at the National Archives.

A small collection of items unveiled Wednesday will be part of a yearlong rotating exhibit of Reagan documents and objects opening Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth Feb. 6.

The first items illustrate Reagan's foreign affairs philosophy of "peace through strength," said Sharon Fawcett, head of the National Archives' Presidential Library system. Future items will focus on Reagan as a communicator, his Western roots and his personal style.

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