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Obama hosts dinner for new Canada sensation named Justin

WASHINGTON — The first state dinner of President Barack Obama's final year honors Canada and its newest sensation named Justin: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The nation that produced singer Justin Bieber now also claims the dashing Liberal leader of Canada's government. Thursday's dinner for America's northern neighbor is the first by the White House in nearly 20 years. About 200 guests have been invited.

Tables were being set in the White House East Room, which will be decorated to evoke the coming of spring.

The menu was also designed with spring in mind: halibut casserole with spring vegetables, salad with apricots roasted in ginger, cardamom and White House honey, and herb-crusted Colorado lamb drizzled with a Canadian whiskey sauce.

Sara Bareilles (buh-REH'-lihs), known for her hit, "Love Song," is providing the entertainment.