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POLL: Americans Divide on Iran Deal

Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Americans divide evenly on the nuclear deal with Iran in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, with somewhat more support when information about the monitoring process is provided.

With no description, 45 percent support the deal and 44 percent are opposed. When details about monitoring and penalties for violations are included in the question, the divide becomes 51-41 percent, compared with 56-37 percent in mid-July.

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The deal, in any case, has grown less popular as it has taken shape. ABC/Post polls found 64 percent support for a negotiated agreement in November 2013 and 59 percent last March.

The poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds views on the issue sharply polarized. With no details provided, support ranges from 59 percent among Democrats to 45 percent of independents and 28 percent of Republicans. It varies similarly by ideology and also sharply by age, backed by 64 percent of young adults vs. 36 percent of those age 50 and up.

The second version of the question, finding somewhat more support, notes that as part of the deal, “international inspectors would monitor Iran’s facilities, and if Iran is caught breaking the agreement economic sanctions would be imposed again.” In this version, opposition among Republicans has increased from 54 percent in July to 68 percent now. It’s little changed among independents or Democrats.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Sept. 7-10, 2015, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 33-22-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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How Late Is Too Late for Joe Biden?

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Does Joe Biden need to get in before the first Democratic debate to be a viable candidate?

That’s a question being weighed by advisers close to the vice president as he continues to mull a potential White House bid, South Carolina state representative and longtime Biden supporter James Smith tells ABC News.

“There’s been some discussion about October and whether the first debate is critical,” Smith, who has spoken to Biden advisers, said. “And my conclusion in the discussions I’ve had is that it’s not a show stopper.”

Smith said “there’s no sense of urgency” among the Biden’s inner circle as they await his final decision, which hinges on the vice president’s personal healing process following the loss of his son Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46 in May.

“There aren’t any other hurdles,” Smith said, other than Biden’s grief. “It’s not a matter of funding or anything else, all these other things are there for him.”

Earlier this month, the vice president openly pondered whether he and his family have the “emotional energy” necessary to dedicate to presidential campaign. “The factor is, can I do it,” Biden said in comments at an Atlanta synagogue. “Can my family undertake what is an arduous commitment that we’d be proud to undertake under ordinary circumstances? But the honest to god answer is, I just don’t know.”

It’s entirely possible that the first Democratic debate, set for Oct. 13, will come and go with the vice president still on the fence. But how long can he realistically wait before the decision is made for him?

Larry Sabato, a political scientist and the director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, offers two very different answers to the same question.

From a practical standpoint, Sabato contends, the vice president is already too late.

“The truth is that the deadline for Joe Biden to get in was probably six months ago in terms of getting a presidential campaign underway,” Sabato said, considering the tens of millions of dollars required to compete in a presidential campaign.

“But technically,” Sabato added, “he doesn’t have to be in until next year.”

That’s because the vice president could technically file the necessary paperwork in the states with early filing deadlines without declaring his candidacy, Sabato said.

The first filing deadline looming for Democratic candidates is Alabama, where candidates are required to submit paperwork by Nov. 6. And while Biden would have to put his signature on the paperwork, there’s nothing legally obligating him to be a declared candidate when he signs off on the paperwork.

“He could sign the paperwork and say he’s doing it in case he decides to become a candidate,” Sabato said. “Who is going to challenge that, given his personal situation?”

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Duchess Kate Debuts New Look Upon Return from Maternity Leave

Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Duchess of Cambridge is preparing for a return to the public spotlight after a maternity leave following the birth of her second child — and it appears she will be doing it with a new look.

Kate, 33, who gave birth to Princess Charlotte in May, was spotted Sunday on a car ride with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, sporting new bangs.

Kate had her hair pulled half-way back, with the long bangs swept to each side, and was wearing a dark turtleneck and earrings.

The mother-of-two last sported bangs in 2012, before she was pregnant with older child, Prince George. Her new look at that time included a darker look from her signature brunette locks and new layers around her face, including the slight bangs.

The public will get a better glimpse at Kate’s new look on Thursday, when she is scheduled to make her first appearance of the fall in London at the Anna Freud Center, a charity that helps vulnerable children with mental health support using holistic methods education and therapeutic support.

The appearance will mark Kate’s return to a limited program of public engagements that will also include attending the opening of the Rugby World Cup the following night, Sept. 18, also in London. Kate will attend the latter event with her husband, Prince William, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry.

Kate has spent the bulk of the summer with her children and Prince William at their country home in Norfolk since giving birth to Charlotte, the fourth-in-line to the British throne, on May 2.

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Why Sanaa Lathan Released New Music

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Sanaa Lathan is the star of the number one film at the box office right now, The Perfect Guy. So why did the actress recently release a single titled “Emotional”?

Lathan said on Tuesday’s episode of The Real that she was encouraged to go into the recording booth by producer Detail. “He’s like, ‘Do you sing?’ And I was like, ‘In the shower!'” she recalled. “Three days later, he calls me. He has this song and I go into the studio and I did it.”

The actress said recording a song, featuring Dej Loaf, was a no-brainer.

“I’m in a place in my life where I just wanna kinda step outside of my comfort zone and say yes and not be afraid,” she continued. “So I just said, you know what, let me just have some fun. I went in the studio. I was there all night. It was amazing. The song came out great and then he released it on Friday with the movie and it’s all over the Internet!”

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Trump Aboard US Battleship: ‘I Am with the Veterans 100 Percent’

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said Monday evening, “We have illegal immigrants that are treated better by far than our Veterans.” Speaking on board the World War II-era battleship USS Iowa in Los Angeles, Trump addressed supporters as about 200 protesters were on the shore chanting. One held a sign reading, “No human is illegal.”

“We’re gonna make our military so big and so strong and so great,” said Trump. Trump also said he would make it his mission to reform the VA and provide better medical care to veterans.

The event is the last planned Trump campaign rally ahead of Wednesday’s second Republican debate.

Trump told press Saturday in Boone, Iowa, he wants “to talk about a lot of different things. There’s so many things you can talk about. They can talk Obamacare. They can talk — but what we’re really talking about, in my opinion, security, the military, of which I really know a lot about. I think one of the biggest surprises if I win will be how good I am at national security.”

Trump was invited on board the USS Iowa by Veterans for a Strong America, who announced they’re endorsing the real estate mogul. As he exited, he waved to the protesters, gave them a thumbs up as they booed and he sped away.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/15/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:

Atlanta 3, Toronto 2


Kansas City 2, Cleveland 0
Tampa Bay 6, N-Y Yankees 3
Baltimore 6, Boston 5, 13 Innings
Texas 6, Houston 5
Detroit 5, Minnesota 4
Oakland 17, Chi White Sox 6
L.A. Angels 4, Seattle 3

Pittsburgh 5, Chi Cubs 4 (first game)
Chi Cubs 2, Pittsburgh 1 (second game)
Washington 4, Philadelphia 0
Miami 9, N-Y Mets 3
St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 1, 10 Innings
Arizona 6, San Diego 4
Colorado 5, L.A. Dodgers 4,16 Innings
Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 8, 10 Innings

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Pit Crew Change for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Team

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team has made a change to its pit crew ahead of the Chase.

David Mayo will serve as the team’s front tire changer going forward, reports. He replaces Kevin Novak, who took over for Mayo earlier in the season.

This summer, Devin DelRicco replaced Joe Slingerland as the team’s rear changer.

Earnhardt is one of 16 drivers competing for the Cup championship in the Chase, which begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

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How Much Did Kylie Jenner Spend on Her Birthday Makeup Look?

Photo by: Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) — Kylie Jenner spared no expense for her 18th birthday, starting with her makeup. The reality star and model recently revealed the steps behind her glamorous birthday look in a new video, along with a list of the products and their price tags.

“It’s my birthday party tonight and I just want something a little sexy,” Jenner says in the video.

Jenner’s makeup artist Hrush Achemyan shows viewers how to replicate Jenner’s “glow-y but bronze-y” look, which includes a little Scotch tape and a lot of makeup.

Along the way, we learn that Jenner likes her spray tan and she uses contouring, not surgery, to make her nose appear narrower.

Jenner’s total makeup look comes to a whopping $480, but her most expensive products include Koh Gen Goh Foundation ($62), Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer “Sx02” ($48), Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel ($48), and Bobbi Brown Foundation “Chestnut” ($44).

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A Father’s Fight to Win Back His Daughter Secretly Put Up for Adoption

Chris Emanuel(AIKEN, S.C.) — Skylar is a rambunctious toddler who runs and plays and giggles with her father, Chris Emanuel.

But she has no idea she sat at the heart of a massive custody battle with far-reaching implications for fathers’ rights.

Emanuel, a 25-year-old from Aiken, South Carolina, met Skylar’s mother, whom he now refers to as simply “the egg donor,” through their work as fork lift drivers at a manufacturing company three years ago. He said they started off as friends before it escalated into something more.

“She wasn’t the ordinary girly girl. She was a girly girl but she could play pool. I could sit down and play pool with her,” he said. “She listened to the same music that I listened to but she rode horses. You know, it was different. I never met someone of that nature before but I definitely enjoyed the moments that we shared.”

In the beginning, Emanuel said they texted all the time, and their affectionate messages soon turned into flirtations. Three months later, Emanuel was overjoyed to learn he was going to be a dad.

“I was happy, who wouldn’t be happy?” Emanuel said. “It was my first child and at the time, you know, I’m going to be there. We’re going to do everything we got to do.”

Emanuel said he and Skylar’s mother talked about getting married. Throughout the mother’s pregnancy, Emanuel said he was a deeply involved expectant father.

“It was in my heart that despite anything, I’m going to be there…I’m going to do what I got to do,” he said.

After a long-awaited meeting between both of their families, Emanuel said he knew in no uncertain terms that her parents were dead set against him and even accused the family of racism.

“Like hearing racism but actually feeling it, it totally different. It’s like being punched in the stomach,” he said. “The crazy thing about it was when we left she reassured me that we would continue to raise our child together.”

The woman’s mother said Emanuel is a “liar” and that she disapproved of their relationship, not because of the color of his skin, but because he didn’t have a job.

Emanuel said he and his girlfriend continued to be in contact, talking and texting frequently. Texts often ended with a “mwwuah” kiss. But Emanuel said his girlfriend started to avoid meeting in person and asked him to skip doctor’s appointments.

“She was saying her mom was coming and I didn’t need to come,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Dang, why can’t I come to the doctor’s appointment?’ If I can’t come to the doctor’s appointment, I can’t even think about being there to witness my child’s birth.”

Six months before Skylar’s birth, Emanuel’s half-sister, Chelsea McKnabb, and her best friend, Jill Thomason, were more than worried. They feared the woman would give the baby away.

“I said, I don’t think ‘the egg donor’ is keeping the baby, and he was like, ‘No, she is. We’re going to get married. We’re going to move in together,’” Thomason said. …read more […]

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10-Year-Old Boy Among 16 Dead in Utah Flash Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(HILDALE, Utah) — Twelve people, including a 10-year-old boy, are dead after flash floods tore through the town of Hildale, Utah, Monday night, on the border with Arizona, authorities said.

One person is missing, Washington County Emergency Services said Tuesday afternoon.

Separately, four people were killed in nearby Zion National Park and three people remained missing as a result of the flooding.

“I join with other Utahns in mourning today the lives lost in two tragic incidents at Zion National Park and Hildale,” Gov. Gary R. Herbert said a statement. “Jeanette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.”

The victims in Hildale had stopped their cars at a point where waters from Maxwell Canyon cross Central Street, authorities said.

They exited their cars, then got back in, when a massive flash flood swept them away, authorities in Colorado City, Arizona, said at a news conference Tuesday. Hildale serves as a sister town of Colorado City.

The 10-year-old’s body was found over 6 miles downstream from the incident, authorities said.

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