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"The Lion King" cast appear at the curtain call following their first show back after the COVID-19 shutdown, at the Minskoff Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Cheers greet the reopening of three mega-hit Broadway shows

- Associated Press

Theater royalty — in the form of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda — welcomed back boisterous audiences to “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” for the first time since the start of the pandemic, marking Tuesday as the unofficial return of Broadway.

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Israel Aerospace Industries' semi-autonomous four-wheel-drive "REX MKII" is seen at an IAI facility near the central Israeli city of Lod, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Israel's state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries unveiled Monday a state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle their specialists said will be deployed alongside ground troops to assist in combat situations. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israel debuts battlefield robot to support, protect troops

- The Washington Times

An Israeli defense contractor on Monday rolled out a remote-controlled armed robot that its maker says can keep human troops out of harm's way. The Rex MK II is just the latest unmanned combat system that is changing the face of tomorrow's battlefield.

Lil Nas X accepts the award for video of the year for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber top star-packed MTV VMAs

- Associated Press

Lil Nas X won video of the year at Sundays MTV VMAs on a night that Justin Bieber triumphantly returned to the stage as a performer and as winner of the artist of the year.

Director of the Venice film festival Alberto Barbera, from left, Jury members Cynthia Erivo, Alexander Nanau, Bong Joon Ho, JVirginie Efira, Chloe Zhao, Sarah Gadon and Saverio Costanzo pose for photographers upon arrival at the closing ceremony of the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

French abortion drama 'Happening' tops Venice Film Festival

- Associated Press

Audrey Diwan's 1960s abortion drama "L'Evenement" ("Happening") won the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, while the runner up honor went to Paolo Sorrentino's semi-autobiographical "The Hand of God."