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Department of Commerce establishes national artificial intelligence advisory committee 

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced that the Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the President and other federal agencies on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence (AI). Working with the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee.

NASA Perseverance Mars rover to acquire first sample

A light-colored “paver stone,” like the ones seen in this mosaic image, will be the likely target for first sampling by the Perseverance rover. This image was taken July 8, 2021, in the “Cratered Floor Fractured Rough” geologic unit at Jezero Crater. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of Jezero Crater called the “Cratered Floor Fractured Rough.”

UNC trustees approve tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted 9-4 to accept a plan to offer investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure on Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.

Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent in April

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Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked down to 4.1 percent in April, from 4.2 percent in March, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The unemployment rate decline was due to people moving from unemployment to employment. The U.S. unemployment rate rose one-tenth to 6.1 percent in April.

Job growth slowed in April as US adds 266,000 jobs

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The American job market slowed considerably last month, according to the latest US jobs report. The economy added just 266,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1 percent, surprising some economists who had projected a growth of approximately 1 million jobs. President Joe Biden said that the latest numbers are proof that his American Jobs Plan is necessary to jumpstart the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC provides guidance on how to safely celebrate Easter

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On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance on how people can safely celebrate holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic, urging people to gather virtually when possible, or outdoors if gathering with people outside of their households.

Minnesota unemployment rate dips to 4.3 percent in February

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St. Paul – Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in February, down from 4.5 percent in January, according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The decline in the unemployment rate was due to more people finding work and a decrease in the number of unemployed people, which resulted in another decline in the number of people engaged in Minnesota’s labor force. 

Shares of AMC Entertainment surge

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On Wednesday morning, AMC Entertainment shares increased by more than 200 percent during premarket trading and hit more than $15 per share, nearly seven times the average analyst price target.