My worst moment: Tommy Davidson bet a TV version of ‘Coming to America’ would make him a star. He bet wrong | Ap |

2022-07-01 19:25:20 By : Ms. Amy Cao

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“I do a little bit of everything,” Tommy Davidson says of his stand-up act. “It’s a little bit political. It’s a little bit of storytelling. It’s a little bit autobiographical. It’s a little bit of improv. The only thing that’s on my mind when I get on stage is that everybody from any background leaves there feeling joy and love about their fellow man, period. Whether you’re a (cisgender) man or woman or transgender, I’ve never been a comedian who’s been a divider” — a not-so-subtle reference to comedians such as Dave Chappelle.

“I’m about giving the audience exactly what they came for: A little bit of sunshine in a gray little world.”

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The World Health Organization’s Europe chief has warned that monkeypox cases across the region have tripled in the last two weeks and called on countries to take stronger measures to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent. In a statement on Friday, Dr. Hans Kluge said increased efforts were needed despite the U.N. health agency’s decision not to declare the escalating outbreak a global health emergency last week. To date, more than 5,000 monkeypox cases have been reported from 51 countries worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kluge said the number of infections in Europe represents about 90% of the global total.

California already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, but it has added new restrictions on untraceable “ghost guns” and limiting marketing firearms to minors. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he signed the laws. The first requires firearms parts to have serial numbers. It gives Californians who have weapons without serial numbers until 2024 to register them. Starting next year anyone convicted of manufacturing a firearm without a serial number or aiding the manufacture by a prohibited person will be barred from possessing a firearm for 10 years. The second law bars marketing firearms to minors. A gun owners' advocate predicts both laws will be overturned.

The New York Yankees have reinstated closer Aroldis Chapman from the injured list after the left-hander missed more than a month with tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon. Chapman hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 22. He made two minor league rehab appearances at Double-A Somerset and one with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. The 34-year-old Chapman was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA and nine saves in 17 games before he was placed on the IL on May 24. The AL East leading Yankees also placed right-hander Miguel Castro on the paternity list before opening a three-game series with Cleveland.

Where did all the peanut butter go?

Where did all the peanut butter go?

This week’s new entertainment releases include two lost albums from rock superstars Neil Young and Elton John, more than two dozen contestants of reality shows like “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother” facing off in the contest “The Challenge: USA,” and Netflix’s “The Sea Beast” brings a “Moby Dick”-like tale down to kid size. In the Hulu comedy “Maggie,” a professional psychic played by Rebecca Rittenhouse sees her own future and learns she may be in for a rough romantic ride. And writer and commentator Baratunde Thurston goes big with a region-by-region trek in “America Outdoors,” debuting Tuesday on PBS.

This column is not about trashing Tom Hanks in “Elvis.”

The Atlanta Hawks are trading Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless and a future conditional draft pick, according to a person with direct knowledge of the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been formally approved by the NBA and announced by either club. ESPN first reported the trade.

The day after the Kansas City Council approved legislation that could reimburse city employees who need to travel to have an abortion — and after St. Louis began pursuing similar legislation — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt called the efforts “plainly illegal.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending by two months the public comment period on its proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The agency says its regional office received communications in favor of and against an extension and determined that good cause existed to extend until Sept. 6 the comment period. The comment period was previously set to expire Tuesday. The EPA in May announced the proposed restrictions affecting the Pebble Mine project. It was the latest move in a years-long dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon runs.

A Mississippi judge has set a hearing in a lawsuit by the state’s only abortion clinic. The suit seeks to block a law that would ban most abortions. Such a ruling would allow the clinic to remain open. The law is set to take effect two days after Tuesday's hearing. The law says if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion will be legal only if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger or if a pregnancy is caused by a rape reported to law enforcement. The clinic’s lawsuit says the Mississippi Supreme Court issued a ruling in 1998 that recognized a right to abortion in the state constitution.

Zach LaVine is staying in Chicago. Same goes for Jusuf Nurkic in Portland. Day 2 of NBA free agency brought another max deal — this time, going to LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract. Nurkic got by far the biggest payday of his career, agreeing to a four-year, $70 million contract with Portland. The center just completed his eighth NBA season, the last six of those coming with the Trail Blazers, for whom he averaged 15 points and 11.1 rebounds this past season.

American midfielder Ian Harkes agreed to a one-year contract to remain with Scotland’s Dundee United. The 27-year-old, a son of former U.S. captain John Harkes, was selected the team’s player of the year for 2021-22, when he had three goals in 28 Scottish Premier League matches in his fourth season with the club. Dundee United finished fourth, earning a spot in the Europa Conference League’s third qualifying round. Harkes scored in 1-0 wins over Dundee and Ross County. He won the 2017 Hermann Trophy as U.S. college player of the year at Wake Forest.

The evolving legal landscape around abortion access is causing confusion for providers and patients across the country after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In Florida, a new law banning abortions after 15 weeks went into effect Friday, after a judge said he would sign an order next week temporarily blocking it. Patients in Kentucky who were forced to cancel appointments with abortion providers this week are now scrambling to reschedule after a court there blocked the state’s restrictions. Elsewhere, clinics are reporting an influx of new patients from out of state, overwhelming providers and leading heath centers to tailor procedures to the legality of abortion in a person’s home state.

The evolving legal landscape around abortion access is causing confusion for providers and patients across the country after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In Florida, a new law banning abortions after 15 weeks went into effect Friday, after a judge said he would sign an order next week temporarily blocking it. Patients in Kentucky who were forced to cancel appointments with abortion providers this week are now scrambling to reschedule after a court there blocked the state’s restrictions. Elsewhere, clinics are reporting an influx of new patients from out of state, overwhelming providers and leading heath centers to tailor procedures to the legality of abortion in a person’s home state.

MINNEAPOLIS — On the day he was supposed to kick off a U.K. trek with his new band UltraBomb, former Husker Du bassist Greg Norton instead dropped some bombshell news Thursday: He is battling prostate cancer and had to call off the tour.

South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process. Steenkamp family lawyer Tania Koen says in a text message to the AP that Pistorius and Barry Steenkamp met face-to-face on June 22 as part of what’s known in South Africa as a victim-offender dialogue. It gives victims of crimes or their relatives a chance to meet with the offenders if they choose to before the offender can be eligible for parole. Koen on Friday confirmed the meeting but declined to give any more details. Pistorius is now eligible for parole having served more than half his sentence.

More video in Brazilian media shows retired Formula One champion Nelson Piquet using homophobic language and more racial slurs about Lewis Hamilton. The website Grande Prêmio published video late Thursday of Piquet speaking in Portuguese that was apparently filmed last year. The 69-year-old Brazilian uses homophobic language to say the British driver wasn’t focused to challenge Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the 2016 title, which the German won. There was also a fourth instance of a racial slur about Hamilton, who is Black. For earlier slurs that came to wider attention this week, Piquet has already been widely condemned by F1, drivers, teams, and governing body, the FIA.

The Supreme Court decision Thursday to limit how the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate carbon dioxide emissions could make an already grave situation worse for those most affected by air pollution and climate change, community residents and advocates fear. Environmental and climate justice advocates from across the United States are calling on the EPA to find other ways to limit carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution and on Congress to grant the agency the authority to do so.

Work on a new state budget for Pennsylvania will plow through the weekend and into next week as the state government started the fiscal year with diminished spending authority and details of a new spending plan still largely a secret. Top lawmakers publicly professed confidence Friday that closed-door negotiations on a roughly $42 billion spending plan were on the right track. Without new spending authority in place, the state is legally barred from making some payments, although a stalemate must typically last several weeks before any effect on services is felt. For now, officials say the state has plenty of cash to make payments it is legally required to make.

The Indiana governor’s office racked up more than $500,000 in legal bills for its successful court fight against an attempt by state legislators to give themselves more power to intervene during public health emergencies. Records show the state has paid almost $520,000 to the Indianapolis law firm Lewis Wagner for its representation of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously last month as unconstitutional the law aiming to give legislative leaders authority to call the General Assembly into an “emergency session” after the governor declared a statewide emergency. The Republican attorney general’s office, which represented the GOP-dominated Legislature in the dispute, said it did not track the time its staff spent on the case.

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LOS ANGELES — Blink-182 and the Transplants drummer Travis Barker is getting well wishes from his ex-wife after he was hospitalized this week.

NEW YORK — Washington is honoring Denzel Washington with its top civilian honor.

Jurors have returned a mixed verdict in the public corruption trial of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness. Jurors on Friday acquitted McGuiness of felony theft and intimidation charges. But they found her guilty of conflict of interest official misconduct and structuring a contract to avoid a procurement rule. Both of those are misdemeanors. McGuiness is a Democrat and the first statewide elected official in Delaware to be prosecuted while in office. Prosecutors argued that McGuiness abused her position in hiring her daughter, structuring payments under a consulting contract to avoid accounting scrutiny, and intimidating employees who were cooperating with investigators. The defense argued that McGuiness was the target of a biased investigation.

A Florida judge has refused to delay the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz in the 2018 shooting at a high school in which 17 people were killed. Cruz’s lawyers had argued that recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, unleashed “a wave of emotion” nationally that could bias the just-seated jury against him and that the July 18 scheduled start is too soon. But Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said in a ruling dated Thursday that the lengthy process of seating a jury did not reveal any problems related to recent massacres. Cruz pleaded guilty to the murders in October. The jury will only consider whether or not to impose the death penalty.

A new ban on abortion has come to a post-Roe v. Wade Florida. Sort of.

Starting in January, Venice will oblige day-trippers to make reservations and pay a fee to visit the historic lagoon city. On many days, the heart of Venice is overwhelmed by visitors, who often far outnumber residents. Venice officials on Friday unveiled new rules for day-trippers, which go into effect on Jan. 16, 2023. Tourists who choose not to stay overnight in hotels or other lodgings will have to sign up online for the day they plan to come and pay a fee. Fees range from 3 to 10 euros ($3.15 to $10.5) depending on advance booking and whether they are visiting in peak season. Transgressors face fines as high as 300 euros ($315).

Since her marriage has been gone, Kelly Clarkson’s been struggling with the words to say.

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SAN DIEGO — Suspension of most abortions in Arizona is already putting significant pressure on medical clinics in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

TIJUANA, Mexico — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration can end the "Remain in Mexico" program, but life does not appear likely to change much for asylum seekers waiting in Tijuana for their U.S. immigration court cases — at least for the near future.

A local government in Kansas has agreed to pay $12.5 million to a man and his mother after he spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he did not commit. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, approved the settlement Thursday. The government said in a statement Friday that it admits no guilt in the wrongful conviction and two life sentences of Lamonte McIntyre in the mid 1990s. McIntyre was freed in 2017 after a prosecutor asked the court to vacate his convictions and drop all charges. The following year, McIntyre and his mother sued the unified government, saying it was responsible for the actions of former police detective and others they accuse of framing McIntyre.

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Kim Cattrall has landed another new gig.

Poison frontman Bret Michaels says “an unforeseen medical complication” led to him being hospitalized Thursday shortly before the band was scheduled to take the stage in Nashville, Tennessee.

Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness acquitted on felony public corruption charges, found guilty of misdemeanor counts.

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