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2022-06-15 17:22:25 By : Ms. Cherry Zhu

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It turns out that even in non-toy form, Buzz Lightyear is kind of a jerk.

At least human Buzz Lightyear’s disposition matches up with the action figure we were first introduced to in 1995’s “Toy Story” who truly believed he was a Star Command space ranger. That Buzz was all self-assured bravado that bordered on delusion before he finally accepted that he was, in fact, a toy and began to lighten up a bit.

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Lil Wayne will not be performing at London's Strawberries & Creem festival Saturday after organizers said the Home Office barred him from entering the country in a "last minute decision."

Recovery crews are searching for two men who were swept away by fast-moving water in a rain-swollen drainage ditch in Milwaukee after jumping in to try to save a 10-year-old boy. Officials say a volunteer helping to search the shoreline found the boy's body Tuesday in the conjoining Kinnickinnic River, more than a mile from where he fell in. The youngster was identified by family as Mohammad Arman, who would have turned 11 on July 4. Family members say the child’s father and a family friend followed him into the drainage ditch Monday evening. Witnesses say the men and the child were swept into a tunnel that runs under a road. Crews are searching the river Wednesday for the missing men.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny confirms he's been moved to another maximum security prison. Navalny wrote on the Telegram messaging app on Wednesday that he's now at the IK-6 prison in the Vladimir region of Russia. The most determined political foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin previously was held at a penal colony in the same region. He says he is confined in a “strict regime” and in quarantine, but didn't say why. Navalny was arrested in January 2021 upon returning from Germany, where he had been recuperating from nerve-agent poisoning he blamed on the Kremlin. His imprisonment is part of a Kremlin crackdown on opposition activists and independent journalists.

A Wisconsin judge has ordered the investigator hired by Republicans to look into the 2020 election in Wisconsin be fined $2,000 a day until he complies with court orders related to open records requests. In a scathing ruling against investigator Michael Gableman, Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington also forwarded the order to the office that hands down disciplinary actions against attorneys and judges in Wisconsin. Gableman could face additional sanctions that include suspension or revocation of his license to practice law. The written order comes after Remington last week found a defiant Gableman to be in contempt after he refused to answer questions in the courtroom after being subpoenaed to appear.

Chef Greg Vernick's Modern Take on an American Oyster Bar Returns to Its Source of Inspiration by Hosting a Week-Long Presence and Fundraising Dinner With Cookie Till of Steve & Cookies by the Bay in Margate, NJ

Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, who make up the iconic producing team The Neptunes, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday. They're part of the pandemic-delayed 2020 class which includes other icons like The Isley Brothers, Annie Lennox and Mariah Carey. Forming a friendship as young Virginia band camp students, Hugo and Pharrell’s sonic creations dominated radio during the early 2000s with megahits like Britney Spears’s “I’m a Slave 4 U,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” and Justin Timberlake's “Rock Your Body.”

Baltimore officials say a fire tore through four row homes, sending three people to a hospital. Baltimore City Fire Department spokesperson Blair Adams says the blaze broke out around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday a few blocks from Johns Hopkins University. She says four homes were on fire and three people were taken to a hospital. A 74-year-old man was in serious condition and a 30-year-old woman and 57-year-old man were in critical condition. Adams says the fire is under investigation.

ATLANTA — Two people were killed in six separate shootings that sent police to crime scenes all across Atlanta on Wednesday morning.

The International Criminal Court has dropped its war crimes case against a Libyan general after prosecutors confirmed that he was dead. The decision on Wednesday came more than a year after Libyan officials reported that assailants killed Mahmoud al-Werfalli by opening fire on his car in the eastern city of Benghazi. Al-Werfalli was a commander in the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces. In a statement, the court said judges terminated proceedings against Al-Werfalli after studying evidence that included witness statements, photographs and social media postings presented by prosecutors. Al-Werfalli was wanted by the ICC for his alleged role in executing or ordering the executions of 33 captives in Benghazi in 2016 and 2017.

President Joe Biden has  nominated one of the prosecutors who helped convict a former Minneapolis police officer of murder in the killing of George Floyd to be a federal judge in Minnesota. Jerry Blackwell is a Minneapolis attorney and a founding partner of the law firm Blackwell Burke. He worked pro bono as he helped prosecute Derek Chauvin for the May 2020 killing Floyd, delivering a powerful rebuttal during the state’s closing arguments. In June 2020, Blackwell also won a posthumous pardon for a Black man who was convicted of raping a white Duluth woman in 1920. The alleged rape led a white mob to lynch three other Black men.

Mark Robertson wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Nevada's 1st Congressional District.

Dolly Parton is donating $1 million to pediatric infectious disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The new gift is one of several Parton has made to the center over the years, including a $1 million gift in April 2020 for COVID vaccine research. The medical center said in a Wednesday news release that Parton’s new gift will support a variety of ongoing research. That includes investigating how viruses and bacteria cause disease and how to best prevent and treat infections. Parton says she supports the work because she loves children and wants to "keep as many of them as I can as healthy and safe as possible.”

The swimming season has kicked into high gear early in a large swath of the U.S., as a heat wave pushed temperatures into the 90s and beyond in a stretch spanning from northern Florida to the Great Lakes and covering about a third of the country’s population. The National Weather Service maintained an excessive heat warning through Wednesday evening for most of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, which have been dealing with the sticky humidity and soaring temperatures since Tuesday. The heat advisory in place for the Midwest and South stretched all the way eastward to the South Carolina shoreline.

The Supreme Court says it was wrong to wade into a dispute involving a Trump-era immigration rule that the Biden administration has abandoned, so the justices have decided to dismiss the case. The court had said it would answer the question of whether Republican-led states, headed by Arizona, could pick up the legal defense of the Trump-era “public charge” rule that denied green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits. The justices heard arguments February and appeared on track to decide it. But in an unsigned order, the court says it's dismissing the case. That leaves in place a lower court ruling in favor of the Biden administration that the states couldn't intervene.

LOS ANGELES — Philip Baker Hall had dozens upon dozens of roles, from gamblers to game-show hosts, presidents to producers to — perhaps most famously — a library-book cop on "Seinfeld."

The federal investigation into the deadly collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building is entering a new phase that involves cutting and drilling into concrete and steel to determine what role they played. The National Institute of Standards and Technology said Wednesday that what’s known as invasive testing will begin soon as investigators collect samples from materials collected at the collapsed Champlain Towers South site. The tests will help investigators find potential flaws in structural elements of the 12-story building by looking into things such as density of the materials, how porous they were and if there was corrosion. The building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed without warning early on June 24, 2021, leaving 98 people dead.

Renowned Napa Valley Winery and Small Batch Ice Cream Present the Perfect Summer Treat

Italy has been so successful in recovering illegally exported ancient artworks and artifacts that it has created a museum just for them. The Museum of Rescued Art was inaugurated on Wednesday in the cavernous Octagonal Hall of Rome's Baths of Diocletian. The exhibition space was designed to showcase Italy’s efforts, through patient diplomacy and court challenges, to get valuable antiquities repatriated from foreign museums or private collections. Exhibits in the new museum are set to change every few months as the objects on display return to what experts consider their territory of origin. The inaugural exhibit revolves around some 100 of 260 artifacts recovered by a national police art squad from the United States.

Indie-pop art rockers Foals gave us more than enough to process with their last offering. Now they seem to want us to dance. And dance we must. The upbeat, very funky and always brilliantly layered, 11-track “Life Is Yours” captures a band between clouds, the perfect slice of summer fun. Look no further than “2001,” a slice of disco-smeared funk, and “2AM,” a propulsive ode to not going home alone. Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy says escapism may be the word as Foals look back on parties and recreational drug-fueled gatherings, a clear reaction to lockdowns and isolation.

A government report says there’s no sign the Pentagon or the State Department investigated whether U.S. military aid was used in Saudi or Emirati strikes alleged to have killed civilians in Yemen. The General Accounting Office released the report Wednesday. The findings may question the accuracy of the Biden administration's declarations it would withhold any U.S. offensive military aid to Saudi Arabia over a seven-year Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. The State Department disputes the GAO's findings. But the GAO says no evidence was provided changing its conclusion. The report comes as President Joe Biden plans a July trip to Saudi Arabia, in a bid to restore relations with the oil-producing kingdom.

President Joe Biden is issuing executive orders to stymie what the White House says are discriminatory legislative attacks on the LGBTQ community by Republican-controlled states. The orders seek to discourage “conversion therapy,” which is a discredited practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The orders also are intended to promoted gender-affirming surgery and expanded foster care protections for gay and transgender parents and children. The White House says the actions are meant to counter 300-plus anti-LGBTQ laws introduced by state lawmakers over the past year alone. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are to host a reception later Wednesday featuring LGBTQ activists, members of Congress and top administration officials.

Q. Your column on the Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K projector and HYZ 100-inch screen got my attention. Our entertainment center only has space for a 32-inch TV, and our old eyes are having a tough time distinguishing players in the NBA playoffs. The living room is 12-by-18 feet and has no free wal…

The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for an American woman who is involved in a bitter international custody dispute with her Italian husband over their young son. The high court on Wednesday threw out lower court decisions ordering the return of the boy to Italy despite finding that he would be at “grave risk of psychological harm” because of the father’s abuse of the mother. The child, now around 6, has been living in the U.S. with his mother since 2018. Federal courts in New York had ruled that judges must try to return children to their usual country of residence by imposing conditions that would mitigate the risk, under the international Hague Convention on child abduction.

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In “Official Competition,” Argentinian directors Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, with their longtime collaborator, screenwriter Andrés Duprat, send up film culture in this tragicomic dissection of the artist’s way, or rather, ways. Legendary Spanish stars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas t…

Karolina Pliskova has edged Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7) at the Berlin Open to reach her second quarterfinal of the year. The fourth-seeded Pliskova hit 17 aces against Kaia Kanepi in the first round and added 12 more against Andreescu. But the Czech player had to fight back from a break down in the third set. The seventh-seeded Coco Gauff is off to a winning start after a 6-2, 7-6 (2) first-round victory over fellow American Ann Li. Daria Kasatkina rallied to beat Russian compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for her quarterfinal place.

US officials say Biden administration to announce about $1 billion in new military aid to Ukraine.

At least four Republican South Carolina House members lost their reelection bids in Tuesday’s primaries with a few other facing runoffs or margins so slim they will need recounts. House Education and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Rita Allison lost her race in Spartanburg County. She had been in the House for 24 years over two stints. Also losing his Republican primary Tuesday was former House Ways and Means Committee chairman Brian White in Anderson County. Other House Republicans who lost primaries were Lin Bennett from Charleston, elected in 2016, and Vic Dabney from Camden, elected in 2020.

An unusual alliance of international activist groups, Mexican prosecutors and a dog trained to sniff out memory devices joined forces this month to catch a high-profile suspected pedophile in Mexico City. A Netherlands-based group that fights human trafficking tipped off activists at the U.S.-based Operation Underground Railroad that a Dutch man who openly advocated sex with children had gone to Mexico after fleeing pending court cases in the Netherlands. With their help, prosecutors in Mexico City tracked down Jason Maatman and used a sniffer dog flown in from the U.S. to locate memory devices allegedly holding pornographic images

Payton Gendron, the 18-year-old white man accused of hunting and killing 10 Black people in a Buffalo supermarket, could face the death penalty.

PHILADELPHIA — George Abrahams says the gun went off on its own, inside his pants pocket, as he walked down the stairs in his home in Northwest Philadelphia.

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