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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Tavis Smiley Gets the Boot in Week 2

Tuesday September 23, 2014

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Talk show host Tavis Smiley was voted off Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night. He's the second celebrity to be eliminated on the show's 19th season.

After the judges' scores and the viewer votes were combined, Smiley and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip learned they were both in danger of being eliminated.

When host Tom Bergeron announced that Smiley was going home, the talk show host hugged his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, and said he believed in "the art of dance," and acknowledged that dance requires a lot of time.

Smiley was on a book tour last week and has said his performance on Monday night – a cha-cha – suffered as a result of not having enough rehearsal time.

Still, Smiley spoke highly of his time on the show. "It's been a wonderful experience," he said. "I wish everybody all the best. I loved it."

On Monday's performance show, actress Lea Thompson shot to the top of the leaderboard with a feisty jive, while Waltrip brought up the rear with his samba. Smiley was in a four-way tie for the second-lowest score on the leaderboard.

Tuesday's show featured a dance performance by former DWTS pro and the newest judge, Julianne Hough, surrounded by all of the show's male pros.

By popular vote on social media, Janel Parrish reprised the crowd-pleasing foxtrot that she performed on Monday night.

There were two musical performances Tuesday. The duo Nico and Vinz sang their hit, "Am I Wrong," and Sia performed her hit, "Chandelier," accompanied by 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the star of the Lifetime show Dance Moms, and Dancing with the Stars' newest pro, Allison Holker.

In addition to Waltrip, returning to compete next week are actors Randy Couture, Antonio Sabato Jr., Alfonso Ribeiro and Jonathan Bennett, actresses Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota and comedian Tommy Chong.

The stars will compete each week for scores from the judges as well as votes from viewers. The star with the lowest combined total will be eliminated each week until the final three compete for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Tom Bergeron announced Tuesday that judge Len Goodman would not appear on next week's program. Actor/comedian Kevin Hart will step in as a guest judge.

The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.


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Syrian Airstrikes Raise Lone-Wolf Terror Threat in US, Feds Warn

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- American airstrikes in Syria overnight halted the threat of terrorist attacks in the U.S. homeland from organized groups like ISIS and al Qaeda, but raised the specter of angry lone-wolf sympathizers carrying out an attack on their own, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The American airborne offensive could potentially embolden self-radicalized terrorists to strike inside the homeland, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI say in a joint bulletin issued to local, state and federal law enforcement late Tuesday.

While "single events generally do not provoke an immediate response" from homegrown extremists, "[W]e believe these strikes will contribute to homegrown violent extremists' … broader grievances about U.S. military intervention in predominantly Muslim lands, possibly motivating Homeland attacks," according to the bulletin.

Less likely in the near-term, the bulletin says, is an attack "in direct response to the strikes in Syria" by organized terrorist groups, including core al Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the brutal terrorist group that has seized vast swaths of territory in Syria and neighboring Iraq and was a target of the airstrikes overnight.

The bulletin notes ISIS' prolific online campaign and cites a recent audio message from ISIS that called for "lone offender attacks in the Homeland in retaliation for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria," as the bulletin put it.

And though "in the near term" most homegrown terrorists will try to join groups overseas rather than carry out their own attacks in the U.S., authorities "cannot rule out the possibility…that some [homegrown terrorists], acting alone or in small groups, could attempt simple attacks with little or no warning," according to the bulletin.

The bulletin stresses the "importance" of the American public reporting suspicious behavior and "remain[ing] vigilant."

"We face an increased challenge in detecting terrorist plots underway by individuals or small groups acting quickly and independently or with only tenuous ties to foreign handlers," the bulletin reads. "Pre-operational indicators are likely to be difficult to detect."

Still, the bulletin offers law enforcement "potential indications" that someone in the U.S. might be seeking to retaliate for the airstrikes, including "new or increased advocacy of violence" and "adoption of new lifestyles, changes in appearance, and segregation from normal peer and family groups in association with advocating criminal or terrorist activity."

Another group targeted by the airstrikes is known as the Khorasan group, a little-known collection of "seasoned Al Qaeda operatives" that was "nearing the execution phase for an attack in Europe or the homeland," U.S. officials said Tuesday. And only hours later, the bulletin says the airstrikes "may have temporarily disrupted attack plotting against U.S. and Western interests" by both ISIS and the Khorasan group.

The planned attack against the West pushed the U.S. to strike the Khorasan Group in Syria and is linked to the same threat ABC News first disclosed this summer.

ABC News reported earlier this year that U.S. officials learned that a particularly extreme "subset" of terrorist groups in Syria was working alongside operatives from al Qaeda's prolific offshoot in Yemen to produce "creative" new designs for bombs packed into electronic devices like cell phones or laptops, sources said. The officials did not identify the group at the time.

Specifically, associates of the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria — the al Nusra Front — and radicals from other groups were teaming up with elements of the Yemen-based group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to potentially down a plane bound for the U.S. or Europe with help from one of the thousands of Americans and other foreign fighters carrying U.S. and European passports who have joined extremist groups in the region.

The group -- comprised of operatives from Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and elsewhere -- had found a "safe haven" in Syria where they were able to "construct and test improvised explosive devices," senior U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The joint effort with AQAP, which built such innovative devices as the "underwear bomb" that ultimately failed to detonate in a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, made the threat out of Syria "more frightening than anything" else the Obama administration had seen, Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in July.

The threat prompted airports overseas to increase security measures that month.

More than 12,000 foreign fighters, including more than 100 Americans, have now joined tens of thousands of other fighters operating in Syria and neighboring Iraq, where ISIS is now wreaking havoc and recruiting more Westerners to fight.

The bulletin Tuesday comes one month after DHS and FBI issued a similar bulletin to law enforcement, urging them to be alert for possible attacks in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS at the time. Such bulletins outlining potential concerns from U.S. officials and urging increased vigilance are common – essentially acting as a generic "FYI" to local, state and federal law enforcement who don't have the same access to classified information that the nation’s top counter-terrorism officials see every day.


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Obama: Syria Airstrikes on ISIS 'Not America's Fight Alone'

Tuesday September 23, 2014

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said Tuesday morning that airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria is "not America's fight alone," thanking other Arab nations for their help in Monday's military operation.

"America's proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said from the grounds of the White House.

Obama also touted the bipartisan support he has gathered for the airstrikes from both Republicans and Democrats.

"America is always stronger when we stand united," the president said said.

Obama's statements come the morning after the U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria.

The Pentagon justified the strikes, saying that they targeted Khorasan, a part of al Qaeda that U.S. military forces reported were in the process of plotting an attack against Western targets.

"We believe they were nearing the execution phase in either Europe or the homeland," Lt. Gen. William Mayville said at a briefing Tuesday morning.

He added, "Strikes like this in the future can we expected."

The U.S. was joined by a coalition of Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. military's Central Command said early Tuesday.

Obama said the U.S. "will do what is necessary to defend our country."

"These terrorists can't find safe haven anywhere," he said.

Up to 20 targets were hit, according to the Pentagon, many of which near the alleged ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

Obama is headed to New York on Tuesday to address the United Nations. During his visit, he will also meet with representatives of the Arab nations who took part in the airstrikes in Syria, the White House said.


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Last Shots in Syria Strikes Spotted and Destroyed ISIS Vehicles

Tuesday September 23, 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The overnight airstrikes that hammered ISIS targets in Syria concluded with a pair of daylight raids that spotted and then destroyed a couple of armed ISIS vehicles, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The final shots of Monday's barrage were fired by U.S. warplanes about 9 a.m. in Syria (2 a.m. ET), officials said Tuesday.

The air raids have bombed about 20 targets inside Syria.

In addition, officials said that the targeting of a little-known off-shoot of al Qaeda was carried out because it was in the final stages of launching a terror attack on the U.S. homeland or Europe.

At the Pentagon briefing Tuesday morning, senior military officials described Monday night's airstrikes as the "beginning" of a sustained air campaign against ISIS in Syria.

"Last night's strikes are the beginning of a credible and sustainable persistent campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," said Lt. General William Mayville Jr ., the director of Operations for the Joint Staff.

Mayville used an alternate name for ISIS, which also calls itself the Islamic State.

Mayville also predicted that ISIS will adapt to the new airstrike campaign and maintain a lower profile. He also described ISIS as a "learning organization...and they will adapt to what we've done and seek to address their shortfalls and gaps in our air campaign in the coming weeks."

Initial indications are that the airstrikes were "very successful," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

He described the participation of five Arab nations in Monday night's airstrikes against ISIS "as a critical part of our strategy."

Fighter aircraft from Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia participated in Monday night's airstrikes, Qatar played a supporting role in the airstrikes.

The overwhelming majority of the munitions dropped over Syria in the airstrikes were from U.S. aircraft.

Monday's airstrikes also targeted the Khorasan Group, an off-shoot of al Qaeda that has concerned U.S. security officials because of its plans to conduct attacks against the U.S.

"We've been watching this group closely for some time," said Mayville. "We believe the Khorasan group was nearing the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland. We know that the Khorasan group has attempted to recruit Westerners to serve as operatives or to infiltrate back into their homelands."

Mayville said the group's attention was clearly not directed at the Assad regime or helping the Syrian people. They are "establishing roots in Syria in order to advance attacks against the West and the homeland."

Khorasan targets near Aleppo were struck in the first wave of airstrikes that included 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two U.S. Navy vessels, officials said.

"The majority of the Tomahawk strikes were against Khorasan Group compounds, their manufacturing workshops and training camps," said Mayville.

Mayville also said "we are unaware of any civilian casualties" and noted the U.S. takes the prevention of civilian casualties very seriously.

"And if any reports of civilian casualties emerge, we will fully investigate them," he added.


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Jesse Matthew, Suspect in Missing UVA Student, Charged With Abduction

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The man who was the last person seen with missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was charged Tuesday with abduction with intent to defile.

Jesse Matthew, already sought on an unrelated dangerous driving warrant, has not been seen since he sped away from a Charlottesville police station on Saturday.

Graham, an 18-year-old sophomore, was last seen more than two weeks ago.

"We've reached that point that the commonwealth thought we had sufficient probable cause for an arrest warrant....We obtained an arrest warrant for Jesse Matthew Jr. charging him with the class 2 felony of abduction with intent to defile," Charlottesville Police chief Timothy Longo said.

Longo said they were still searching for Graham.

Earlier on Tuesday, police revealed that they had taken bags of clothing from Matthew's apartment during a second search on Monday, although police would not elaborate on who the clothing belonged to or how they are connected to the case.

A wanted poster was issued for him Monday and police stated that they believe he may be in possession of his sister's car, and has known associates along the East Coast, from his home state of Virginia all the way up to New York.

Matthew, 32, came under scrutiny in the Graham disappearance because he was seen at a restaurant with the 18-year-old student shortly before she disappeared in the early hours of Sept. 13.

Police chief Timothy Longo has repeated calls asking Matthew to come forward to discuss any information he may have about Graham and what happened to her. Longo has said that police believe Matthew is the last person to have seen Graham since she disappeared.


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"World News Tonight With David Muir" Podcast - September 23rd, 2014

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Urgent New Terror Alert: Top US officials warning that plots against America by Terror groups could accelerate. Meanwhile, air strikes in Syria are underway.

Nationwide Manhunt: For the first time we're hearing the voice of the man accused of ambushing state troopers in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Frightening Kidnapping: Police say two girls were snatched from the street at knife point in Utah. New 911 calls take us inside the moment of crisis.

Massive Heist:
  Authorities are looking for the thieves behind a heist in San Francisco. Twenty-two cars were stolen in a span of 48 hours.


Bill Clinton On White House Security Breach: 'I Still Don't Know How That Happened'

Tuesday September 23, 2014

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bill Clinton, who lived in the White House for eight years, said he was "surprised" an intruder was able to make it through the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue without being stopped by Secret Service, the former president told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Tuesday.

"I'm surprised he got to walk into the White House. I wasn't surprised he jumped the fence. We had a guy jump the fence when I was there," Clinton told Stephanopoulos during an interview on the sidelines of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City. "Those things are gonna happen. But I was quite surprised that he got in. I still don't know how that happened."

Last Friday, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez jumped over a White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn and got into the executive mansion before he was arrested by Secret Service. Gonzalez was carrying a three-and-a-half-inch knife at the time of his arrest. President Obama and his daughters had departed the White House just minutes before the intrusion.

President Obama has said he is confident in the Secret Service despite the security breach.

Clinton recounted his own experiences with security breaches at the White House, describing the time a man stole a single-engine plane and crashed it on the South Lawn.

"He bounced a couple times, flipped over the single-engine plane, went above the shrubs and below the magnolia tree and crashed that plane into the base of the White House which is huge, that stone base and killed himself," Clinton said. "I think he would've been shot down by the snipers on the White House roof except Hillary and Chelsea and I were across the street staying in Blair House 'cause they were rehabbin' the White House."


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Chris Christie Denies Report He Shed 85 Pounds, But Won't Talk Numbers

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen(STAMFORD, Conn.) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has clearly lost weight since his lap band surgery last May, but he won't talk numbers, only to say the 85-pound figure the New York Times reported Monday is incorrect.

"First off, I don't talk about numbers and so the report in the New York Times was I can tell you this much it wasn't accurate, but I'm not going to tell you why it wasn't accurate. I don't talk about that stuff and the reason I don't is because that's my business and not anybody else's," Christie said, noting he did see the report.

He said his weight-loss efforts are not to motivate others or for political reasons. He's just doing it to extend his life both for himself and his family.

"As far as being an inspiration for other people, that's not why I am doing it. I decided to do what I've done because I needed to do it for my own health," Christie said, mentioning his four children and how he wants to be able to walk his youngest girl down the aisle someday.

"I turned 50 and I decided I need to do something and so the fact that it's going well is really gratifying for my family first and foremost and all the rest of the stuff that people write about is fine, it's OK it's not why I am doing it," Christie said. "I got elected to office at my previous size and it didn't seem to bother the voters of New Jersey twice so the people who say it's about politics are just wrong, it's about living a healthier life and being healthier and being able to stay around longer."

On Monday, the New York Times reported Christie told a group of conservative donors Friday night that he lost 85 pounds since his surgery. The report said he told the group at conservative donor David Koch's 18-room duplex in Manhattan and that Christie was "pressed by donors about his health."

Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors' Association, was in Connecticut to campaign with businessman Tom Foley for the second time. Foley is locked in a tight race with incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.  Foley ran previously in 2010, losing to current Malloy by just over 6,000 votes.

Christie joked that his weight loss does not just mean he will be around longer for his wife and family, but added to cheers that "quite frankly Foley needs me the next 42 days."

After shaking hands at Curley's Diner in Stamford, Christie and Foley went across the street to raise money at famed baseball manager Bobby Valentine's restaurant. As when he last stumped here in July, a group of gun control protesters greeted Christie holding signs that read "Protect Our Children, Not Guns" and "Keep Our Kids Safe."


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Beats Sale Puts Dr. Dre Atop "Forbes'" Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BET(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Dre dominates Forbes' 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, which looks at the earnings of hip-hop stars over the past twelve months.

Forbes estimates that Dre raked in $620 million from June 2013 to June 2014, thanks to the sale of the company he co-founded, Beats Electronics, to Apple earlier this year. Dre's estimated income is more than the combined total of the other 24 rappers on the list.

Coming in a distant second place, Jay Z and Diddy are tied with $60 million each. For Jay Z, his earnings mark his highest since 2010 and include his money from his Roc Nation empire, touring revenue, D’Ussé cognac and sales of his album Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

Diddy's deal with the Ciroc vodka brand continues to be his most lucrative business arrangement but he also had income from ventures like DeLeon tequila, Blue Flame marketing, his Sean John clothing brand and his REVOLT TV network.

Elsewhere, Drake enters the top five with $33 million, which includes earnings from his latest album, Nothing Was the Same, as well as from a nationwide arena tour and endorsement deal with Nike’s Jordan Brand. His estimated income on this year's list is triple his numbers in Forbes' 2013 estimate.

The list is based on touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Earnings are calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with managers, lawyers, music executives and artists themselves.


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Obama Declares Climate Change Defining Threat of the Century

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama on Tuesday declared climate change the threat that will “define the contours of this century more than any other.”

“Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we don’t hear them,” Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days.

“We have to tackle this global threat before it’s too late,” he said.

Obama cast himself as a global champion of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting the administration’s efforts to boost fuel efficiency of American cars and trucks, curb carbon pollution from coal-fired U.S. power plants and planned phase-out of the use of HFC coolant in refrigerators and air conditioners.

The White House also unveiled an Executive Order the president will sign requiring government agencies to take climate change into account when funding international development work. The administration also said it was providing new tools -- including improved NASA satellite data, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorological forecasting tools and other measures -- to help poorer, developing communities manage the impact of climate change.

Obama warned the U.S. cannot solve the crisis alone.

“We will do our part. We will help developing nation’s do theirs. But we can only succeed combating climate change if we are joined by every nation, developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass,” he said.

“None of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there are interests that will be resistant to action. And in each country there is a suspicion that if we act and other countries don’t then we will be at an economic disadvantage,” he said. “But we have to lead.”

Overshadowing the climate summit was the list of big names that chose not attend, including the leaders of some of the world’s biggest polluters -- China, India, and Russia.

Tuesday’s meeting was not part of formal negotiations for a global climate treaty to be signed in Paris next year, but it’s been billed as a highly symbolic show aimed at pressuring visiting heads of state to make commitments to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.


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Obama Offers Motorcade for Chelsea Clinton's Delivery

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If Chelsea Clinton goes into labor, her dad has nothing to worry about: President Obama has got her covered.

Obama jokingly offered up his motorcade to the pregnant former first daughter at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City on Tuesday.

"I was just discussing with President Clinton that if Chelsea begins delivery while I'm speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic," he said with a smirk. "I don't know what the problem is. Everybody hypes the traffic, but I haven't noticed."

Earlier in the day the president made remarks at a climate summit at the U.N. General Assembly. The annual meeting creates notoriously bad street closures and traffic jams across New York City as whole sections of Manhattan become police-enforced "frozen zones" to protect national leaders as they move around the city.

Chelsea Clinton, who announced her pregnancy in April, is apparently due any day now. President Clinton told CNN Sunday he hopes to be a grandfather "by the first of October."

"I don't know" the gender of the baby, Clinton said. "My daughter and son-in-law decided not to know. They want to be surprised. So we're all just sitting around waiting."


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Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Stars in War Reenactor Documentary

Tuesday September 23, 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The filmmaker of a new documentary about a Vietnam War reenactment said he was shocked to learn that one of his actors was Eric Frein, the subject of a massive Pennsylvania manhunt, and said he had sensed that some reenactors were on the "edge of violence."

The dragnet for Frein, wanted for allegedly shooting two state troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, has plagued eastern Pennsylvania for the past 12 days. Schools in the Pocono Mountain School District reopened on Tuesday, but students were kept indoors and some bus routes were canceled. Frein is believed to be hiding out in the woods near his home in Canadensis, Pa.

"I think we always had a fear that one of the people we were following -- because they had so much weaponry -- could do something very dangerous," filmmaker Patrick Bresnan of Austin, Texas, told ABC News Tuesday.

Bresnan, 38, said he and his wife, also a filmmaker, have been busy all summer getting their documentary Vietnam Appreciation Day ready for film festival submissions. The documentary follows a group of war reenactors in rural Pennsylvania, including Frein, preparing for a public show.

Frein and his friends were "very serious about the job," said Bresnan, who grew up in Pennsylvania and spent time there while filming.

"They were at another level," he said. "Their collections were almost fetishistic, obsessing over details on uniforms and weaponries."

But he sensed how the hobby could lead to violence.

"Many people use reenacting as a way to justify owning weapons," Bresnan said, adding that many of the reenactors he met were people who failed to get into the military.

"A lot of these guys try to act in History Channel episodes as extras, and they get paid $150 so they justify hoarding and collecting weaponry through their reenacting. That's like the crown jewel for a lot of these guys -- getting to portray a Nazi or a soldier on the History Channel."

Frein is not a main character in Vietnam Appreciation Day, but the film "is a window into Eric's world," said Bresnan, who described the suspected murderer as "goofy but dark."

Filming wrapped in 2011, and Bresnan hopes the film will appear on the next festival circuit. The application deadline for the Sundance Film Festival is next week, he added.

Frein is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding another trooper when police say he opened fire at the barracks, and then fled into the woods. He's a survivalist with experience living off the land and a skilled shooter, police said.

His father, a retired Army major, said two weapons were missing from his home: a .308 with a scope and an AK-47 assault rifle. Police scouring the woods have found an AK-47 and ammunition that they believe Frein either abandoned or had stashed.


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Three Afghan Soldiers Stopped by Strip Club Before Seeking Asylum: Police

Tuesday September 23, 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- Prior to their encounter with Canadian and American border agents near Buffalo, New York, the three Afghan soldiers who went missing from Joint Base Cape Cod over the weekend stopped at a strip club, a local police chief confirmed to ABC News Tuesday.

"They were in Mashpee, Massachusetts, at Zachary's Friday evening," said Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins.

By Saturday they were at Cape Cod Mall, where law enforcement sources said they wanted to buy civilian clothing.

Zachary's Pub touts itself as "Cape Cod's only Gentleman's Club." The website says "We feature all-nude exotic entertainment, pool tables, Keno, full menu and $4 draft beer. We are open every day, with continuous entertainment from noon - 1 a.m. Couples are welcome!”

"Having military people in here is pretty standard and having people using passports is pretty standard," said club owner Richard Halpern.

Halpern told ABC News his employees notified him after the story of the soldiers' disappearance hit the local news.

"Cashiers, dancers and disc jockeys all called to tell me they were in here," he said.

Halpern said the three Afghan soldiers were part of a larger group of seven or eight that included a translator who told the hostess to notify him if there were any problems. There were no problems and the group left later that night without incident.

The officers were part of a 14-officer contingent from Afghanistan, officials said.

The three Afghan soldiers were found Monday near the U.S.-Canada border, a U.S. Defense Department official told ABC News. Law enforcement officials said the men did not try to hide, but instead walked up to border patrol agents and presented themselves for asylum.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the three Afghan men are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Batavia, New York.


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Five Weird Food Traps That Are Making You Gain Weight

Tuesday September 23, 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you want to be skinny, think like a skinny person, says Brian Wansink, the mastermind behind a decade's worth of innovative studies at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab.

Wansink and his team spend their time watching how people behave around food. By manipulating everything from plate size to overheard music to the color of utensils, Wansink said he has uncovered all sorts of every-day traps that prevent people from losing weight.

"You can drive yourself crazy by counting calories or make it easier by changing your environment," he said.

Here are five of Wansink's most surprising findings, along with some advice on how to use them to drop a few pounds without even trying:

1. The company you keep

In one of Wansink's most recent studies, he asked an actress to don a "fat suit" and scoop up salad and pasta off a buffet table as other people looked on. It didn't matter what or how much the falsely plump actress piled on her plate. Simply being in her presence led other party-goers to eat up to 25% more calories than usual.

Wansink said that just being around someone overweight can lead to a loss of self-discipline, though he stressed that the point of his study was not to lay blame on individuals battling the bulge.

"This shows the importance of being thoughtful about what you order," he said. "Decide what you want to eat before you go out and then stick with those choices despite other influences."

2. Where you sit

Wansink's group has done several observational studies looking at how people navigate a buffet table. Slim people, he found, are three times more likely to take a seat that faces away from the food compared to people who are above their ideal weight. Wansink says it's an "out of sight, out of mind" thing.

"When you face the food you are constantly reminded how good it looks and how much other people are enjoying it. This gives you permission to eat more and go back for more," he explained.

3. How you plan

In the same buffet study, Wansink observed that 73% of skinny people survey salad bar offerings before taking a plate versus simply grabbing a plate and moving through the line.

"Heavier people tended to pick up a plate and then look at food sequentially," he said.

Overweight people didn't take more trips for seconds and thirds but they did pile their plates higher the first time around because they didn't take the time to scout out their favorites first, Wansink pointed out.

4. What's in a name

You can be nudged into eating something healthier simply by tweaking its name, Wansink has found.

"Giving something a descriptive name increases the chances of someone trying it by 28% and they also rate it better tasting," Wansink noted.

When you use a descriptor such as "crunchy" in front of the word carrot or "fresh" in front of the word salad, Wansink said it gets people to focus in on that attribute. And, he said, this works especially well with children.

In one study, christening the vegetable of the day "silly dilly green beans" led to 19% more elementary school children trying the dish and declaring it tasty – even though many of the kids weren't yet old enough to read.

5. What you feel

It's no secret that a grumpy mood can trigger overeating. But in one of his investigations, Wansink turned this idea around by asking people to express thanks before they sat down to a meal.

"Regardless of what they were feeling beforehand, people ate about 12% less if they said out loud one thing they were grateful for," Wansink said.

A little bit of gratitude went along way. Not only did people eat less, they also made healthier choices, taking larger portions of veggies and smaller portions of sugar- and fat-laden foods.


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How "NCIS" Star Michael Weatherly Lost 35 Pounds

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Robert Voets/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- NCIS star Michael Weatherly has never been tough on the eyes.

But now, the actor is telling Closer Weekly that he's dropped some major weight to boot.

"My friend and I have been swimming in the Pacific every weekend [since early May], and I lost 35 pounds!" he said.

The magazine adds that he swam more than 20 miles last week at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon along with thousands of other participants.

Not only does Weatherly, 46, have a mega hit show, he also welcomed a baby boy last year with wife Bojana Jankovic.

"Beautiful Bojana gave birth to 10lb Liam Weatherly today, the most important day of the week (NCIS Tuesday 8pm CBS) #NCIS," he tweeted last October. The couple are now parents to two children.


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Watch Matt Damon Do His Best Bill Clinton Impression

Tuesday September 23, 2014

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Matt Damon dusted off his southern accent on Tuesday, briefly aping President Clinton's signature drawl at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York.

"The president has been great, and when we talked to him, to President Clinton a few years ago, he said, 'Just keep running those numbers up. Just run 'em up,'" said the Good Will Hunting star, who attended CGI to plug clean water initiatives.


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The Clinton Global Initiative, an annual conference organized by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, is in its 10th year.

Clinton ended on a more somber note, saying, "No matter how dark the hour, we remember the words of Dr. King: the time is always right to do the right thing," he said.

"Dr. King also said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. The reason we support civil society is because we have seen in this country of ours that it does, in fact, bend towards justice, but it does not do so on its own. It does so because there are hands of ordinary people doing extraordinary things every single day."


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Chloe Grace Moretz Opens Up About Her Relationship with Brooklyn Beckham

Tuesday September 23, 2014

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- For weeks now, fans have speculated that actress Chloë Grace Moretz is dating Brooklyn Beckham.

However, when asked explicitly whether the rumors are true, Moretz laughed and said, "That's a naughty question!"

"He's a very good guy and he's a good person," she said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. "I enjoy hanging out with him."

When host Andy Cohen asked Moretz, 17, if she was nervous to label her relationship with Beckham, 15, she demurred and said, "Maybe." However, the two have been photographed skateboarding together and some have speculated that they attended the Teen Choice Awards together last month.

"As a family, they're awesome people," she said of the Beckhams. "[Victoria Beckham's] an amazing person. I really admire her work ethic and I honestly love her line."

So, Cohen wondered, does she get a discount on the designer's clothes?

"I haven't tried yet," she admitted, "but I'm going to try that this week!"


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New Jersey Wedding Crashers Wanted for Robbery

Tuesday September 23, 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J.) --  Three uninvited guests who allegedly crashed a wedding in New Jersey are now wanted by police because of the stunt.

Ocean Township police said they have identified the three minors, who took the time to pose in a photo booth that the newlyweds had rented for their guests at the reception. They remain at large but police said they expect to apprehend the suspects soon.

"The three unknown subjects were dressed in suits and mingled with the wedding guests," Ocean Township police said in a statement about the incident on Sept. 20.

The reception was being held at the English Manor, a wedding venue in Wanamassa, New Jersey. A representative from the venue had no comment about the incident when contacted by ABC News.

The three reportedly drank while crashing the party, which constituted a form of theft, according to ABC affiliate WPVI.

The jig was up when legitimately invited wedding guests alerted a manager about the crashers, and one of the young men threw the manager, a woman, to the ground and fled, police said. The suspects are accused of a strong-arm robbery.

"If you use force during the course of a theft, that is technically a robbery under New Jersey law," Police Captain Earl Giffords told ABC News.

He went on to say that there is a "broad range" of prospective punishment for such a crime but because no one was injured in the incident, they will likely get a sentence on the low end of the spectrum.

"I can't imagine we're going to see any jail time," Giffords said.


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Wave of Top Republicans Rally Around Sen. Pat Roberts

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Kansas has become the destination for the Republican Party's biggest names as they swarm to the state to bolster the re-election bid of Sen. Pat Roberts, whose seat could make the difference in the GOP's hope to win control of the Senate.

According to Roberts' campaign manager Corry Bliss, former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be in the state to campaign next Monday. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., will both be in the state in October to stump for Roberts.

These newest additions accompany a list of three former presidential candidates -- who all lost -- already giving a hand to the campaign.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney recorded a robocall that ran throughout the state two weeks ago. Former Kansas senator and another GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole is back in the state this week attending town halls with Roberts. Roberts will then be joined by Sen. John McCain, the Arizona president who also lost a presidential run, at campaign events Wednesday and Thursday.

McCain's running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is also rumored to be a "special guest" at a pancake breakfast in Independence, Kan., on Wednesday morning, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Ryan, Paul and Bush have all generated buzz over their potential as contenders for a spot on the Republican presidential ticket in 2016.

Now, they are working the state to help defeat independent candidate Greg Orman. The multimillionaire businessman has shown a lead over Roberts in several recent polls, and with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the state's ballots, Republicans are more jittery over the prospect of Orman defeating Roberts -- and being a deciding factor in the balance of the Senate.

Kansas Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon told ABC News her group has no plans to endorse Orman, but they are in full support of Kansas voters voting out Roberts.

"The fact they have to prop [Roberts] up with all of this star power shows a lot about their concerns about this race," Wagnon said. "They're trying to nationalize this election and I think they'll find out that Kansans really don't like that."

Republicans have been quick to paint Orman as a liberal, though he has not yet indicated which party he would caucus with if he is elected.

In a video posted to his campaign website, Orman says, "If I get elected to the United States Senate, there's a reasonable chance that neither party will have a majority. And if that happens, that's a great thing for Kansas."

"Those senators who are centrist like myself… would be able to come together and basically say we are going to caucus with whichever party is willing to solve our country's problems," Orman says. "It's something we've never really seen before in the United States Senate. We've never really seen the opportunity to hold the party in charge responsible."

Bliss said the outside help was an indication of the importance of the election.

"The Republican Party is uniting around Pat Roberts because he is the only candidate in this race who will ensure Harry Reid is no longer in control of the Senate," Bliss said in a statement to ABC News.

Orman registered to run as a Democrat in 2008 and voted for Barack Obama that year, but he also has said he voted for Romney and Ryan in the 2012 election, both of whom are now campaigning against him.

Paul and McCain are the only sitting U.S. senators to commit to campaign in the state for Roberts, but could also be potential colleagues to Orman if he defeats Roberts in November.

Orman's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.


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Ginnifer Goodwin Calls Her Husband Josh Dallas 'My Knight in Shining Armor'

Tuesday September 23, 2014

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas have had a busy few months!

After welcoming their son, Oliver, neither of the Once Upon a Time stars have gotten much rest.

"He also has not slept since mid-May. I'm always telling him, 'You can sleep,' but he won't, he always helps," Goodwin told Us Weekly. "He's my knight in shining armor."

Goodwin, 36, and Dallas, 32, met on the set of the ABC series and were married this past April.

Now back to work, the actress said they bring the baby with them.

"He has a trailer. It is a Star Wars trailer and it is on the lot and he comes with us every day because I have to see him every couple hours," she told E! "We are in a very, very fortuitous position that we can bring our kid to work."

Just don't expect him to make a cameo.

"Absolutely not," she said, when asked if the baby will follow in his parents' footsteps. "We are going to gently nudge him in any direction but acting!"


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