The Best Pix of the Week
A scorching heat wave, synchronized swimmers and a swarm of bees.
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 16: during the Opening Ceremony of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 16, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
A very hot and thirsty dog named Buck cools off drinking bottled water poured by his owner Sue Anderson of South Windsor Conn., during a legion baseball game at the peak of the heat Wednesday afternoon, July 20, 2011, in South Windsor. A lengthy, blistering heat wave is blanketing the eastern half of the United States. (AP Photo/Journal Inquirer, Jim Michaud) MANDATORY CREDIT
Gymnasts from Italy perform at the 14th World Gymnaestrada during the International Gymnastics Federation Gala, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday, July 16, 2011. Some 20,000 participants from 55 national federations participate in this event which is organized every four years by the International Gymnastics Federation, FIG and runs through 16 July 2011.
William Dyer, Jr., of Gortham, Maine stays cool seated on his beach chair waist-deep in Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, Thursday, July 21, 2011. The heat that has gripped much of the nation arrived in Maine on Friday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A diver wearing a chef uniform performs with sardines as part of summer vacation events at an Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
In this photo taken Saturday, July 16, 2011, a beekeeper wearing tens of thousands of bees waits to be weighed during a bee bearding contest in Longhui county, Shaoyang, in central China's Hunan province.
Britain's Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall compete in the synchronised swimming Duets Free final, at the FINA 2011 Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Friday, July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
As temperatures hit triple digits, a zoo keeper at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., cools off a Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot with water spray, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. For millions of people suffering through the breathtaking heat and humidity gripping the nations midsection, it may feel like theyre living in a pressure cooker. And in a sense, they are. The heat "dome" sitting over much of the U.S. is caused by a huge area of high pressure that's trapping and compressing hot, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico beneath it and pushing the jetstream _ and thus cooler, drier air _ far northward into Canada. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A stork stands on his nest as the sun rises in the foggy morning, near the village of Chereshlya, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Grits)
A spider is silhouetted against the full moon as it waits in its web for prey, Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this June 25, 2011 photo, a woman sleeps on a sidewalk in a neighborhood popularly known as "Crackland" in downtown Sao Paulo. Two decades after the U.S. emerged from the worst of its own crack epidemic, Brazilian authorities are watching the drug spread across their country. They have far fewer resources to deal with it. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany speeds into a turn during the first free practice session at the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring circuit, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2011. The German Grand Prix will be held Sunday, July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Tyler Carter, 6, of Auburn, Maine, wades in Sabbathday Lake to fish for bass, in New Gloucester, Maine, Thursday, July 21, 2011. The heat that has gripped much of the nation moved into Maine on Thursday as temperatures climbed into the 90s. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Vanity Mendez, 11, left, Isaiah Rivera, 6, center, and Jonathan Medina, 11, cool off at an open fire hydrant in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Thursday, July 21, 2011. A heat wave has enveloped much of the central part of the country for the past couple of weeks.
Two residents use a water tank to protect themselves from the force of the police water cannon during a protest in Dichato, a coastal town about 310 miles (500 kms) south of Santiago, Chile, Thursday, July 21, 2011. Anti-riot Police clashed with Dichato residents as they protested the delay in the reconstruction of their homes destroyed during the 2010 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Felix Alonso)
Members of the Salina South High School soccer team work out for conditioning training early Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in Salina, Kansas, to beat the heat of the day. The temperature is expected to reach 106 degrees in the Salina area. (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey)
Minnesota Twins second baseman Alexi Casilla tosses the ball to shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka to get Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera out in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Minneapolis. The Twins defeated the Indians 2-1. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
In this July 14, 2011 photo, a reflection of Becky Petrehen's hot air balloon, named "Peaceful World," flies over a small body of water in Chillicothe, Ill. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Lauren Wood)
Jazia Pratt, 8, fills a bucket with water from a fire hydrant in the afternoon summer heat Monday, July 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A cyclist rides along a wall at a skateboard park, Monday, July 18, 2011, in Austin, Texas. Clouds in the area helped keep central Texas temperatures below the century mark. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A young girl cools off in a public fountain on a sweltering summer day in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A South Korean woman dips in a mud pool with others during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong , South Korea, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The 14th annual mud festival features mud wrestling, mud sliding and a mud king contest. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
The Dutch team perform their routine during the synchronized swimming Free Combination final at the FINA 2011 Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army's honor guard battalions are reflected in a puddle of water during their daily training demonstrated to visiting media persons at their military base in Beijing, China, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 21: Space Shuttle Atlantis is towed at Kennedy Space Center July 21, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis was the final shuttle mission for NASA, ending the 30 years of the shuttle program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)