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French President Emmanuel Macron will be the guest for the first state visit of Joe Biden’s presidency. The event this week is a revival of diplomatic pageantry that had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden-Macron relationship has turned around from its choppy start. Macron briefly recalled France’s ambassador to the United States last year after the White House announced a deal to sell nuclear submarines to Australia that undermined a contract that France had to sell diesel-powered submarines. Today, Macron has become one of Biden’s most forward-facing European allies in the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Stacker assessed the current state of AI, from predictive models to learning algorithms, and identified the capabilities and limitations of automation in various settings.

    A new study finds that few Americans have heard of MyPlate, the government diet guide that replaced the long-standing food pyramid. Only about 25% of U.S. adults were aware of the guide, which was launched in 2011 by the Obama administration to encourage Americans to eat healthy foods. For instance, it suggests that fruits and vegetables should make up half of all meals. But the government study found that less than 10% tried to follow the guidelines. The guide uses a dinner plate with four colored sections for fruit, vegetables, grain and protein, with a smaller circle for dairy products.

      The federal government says it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The agreement announced Monday on funding for the Salton Sea marks a key step in ongoing negotiations to conserve more of the river's water amid drought. The lake was formed in 1905 when the river overflowed and it's mostly fed by runoff from farms in California's Imperial Valley. But as those farms reduce their water use, less flows into that sea. That's caused water levels to shrink, exposing dry lake bed and dust that's harmful to nearby communities.

      This weekend we have spent time feeling very thankful, like many of you likely have. We were able to spend time together with family and took some time off work as well to relax and enjoy the day.

      Chicago police say two men have been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal March shooting of a girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet after celebrating her 12th birthday. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Tuesday that 22-year-old Malik Parish and 20-year-old Abdul Ali were arrested Sunday. Nyzireya Moore died March 4, three days after she was shot. Police say she was in the passenger seat of a family member’s car when three men fired on another vehicle and a stray bullet struck her in the back of the head. Brown says a third suspect remains at large.

      An Ohio judge has ordered two men to spend 500 hours registering voters in low-income neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., following their fraud convictions for targeting Black voters with phony robocalls before the 2020 election. Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman pleaded guilty last month to a telecommunications fraud in the calls to predominantly Black neighborhoods in several states. reports that the judge said they had done “a despicable thing.” Wohl told the court he wanted “to express my absolute regret and shame over all of this.” Burkman said he echoed that sentiment.

      Residents in several towns in Louisiana and Mississippi took cover when tornado sirens blared Tuesday. Forecasters warned of the potential for strong twisters that could stay on the ground for long distances in parts of the South. Heavy rains and hail the size of tennis balls were also possible. There were no immediate reports of damage, but multiple tornado warnings have been issued. More than 25 million people are in the path of the storm system moving from Texas to Indiana and Georgia. The latest storm outlook says parts of Louisiana and Mississippi are at the highest risk for strong storms. Meanwhile, heavy snow was snarling traffic in some parts of the Upper Midwest.


      Democrat Craig Cooper is just six votes ahead of Republican Luana Stoltenberg for the House District 81 seat, which covers the northwest quadrant of Davenport, after an administrative recount concluded on Friday. The results are contrary to what was announced after election night.

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