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Ben Carson Attacks Donald Trump’s Faith, Trump Fires Back

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says opponent Ben Carson “makes [Jeb] Bush look like the energizer bunny.”

The Trump attack comes after Carson took a swing at Trump on faith Wednesday night, saying, “I’ve realized where my success has come from and I don’t in any way deny my faith in God. And I think that is the big difference,” he told reporters in response to a question asking him to differentiate between the two of them.

Carson, 63, said he doesn’t get the impression that faith is a big part of Trump’s life.

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that’s a very big part of who I am. I don’t get that impression, maybe I’m wrong but I don’t get that,” Carson said before his rally in Anaheim, California.

Trump, 69, who has mocked Bush as a cure for insomnia, fired back on Twitter Wednesday night: “Wow, I am ahead of the field with Evangelicals (am so proud of this) and virtually every other group, and Ben Carson just took a swipe at me.”

On CNN’s New Day, Trump ripped into Carson, calling the retired neurosurgeon, who is credited with performing the first successful separation of conjoined twins, an “OK doctor.”

“If you look at his past, which I’ve done, he was not a big man of faith,” Trump said. “All of a sudden he’s become this man of faith.”

Trump leads Carson in a new CNN-ORC Poll released Thursday morning with 32 percent, with Carson in second place with 19 percent.

“Ben Carson,” Trump said, “is not going to be your next president.”

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Donald Trump Hits Highest Support Yet in New National Poll

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump is showing no signs of slowing down.

Donald Trump has won over the support of almost a third of Republican voters in the country, stretching to 32 percent support — his highest national number this election cycle — in a new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday morning.

So what’s behind the real estate mogul’s eight-point boost since August? Two groups: women and college grads. Trump is up 13 percentage points among Republican women in the last month, according to CNN/ORC polls. He’s also climbed 12 points among Republicans with college degrees.

And now, a bare majority of Republican voters — 51 percent — say they think that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination.

Trump is trailed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson, up 10 points since August to 19 percent support, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 9 percent. Carson and Trump — who both have never been elected to public office — combine to garner support from 51 percent of Republican voters.

But while the Republican frontrunner continues to tick upward in national polls, a new Iowa poll shows Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s lead completely gone for the first time.

A new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning shows Bernie Sanders at 41 percent and Hillary Clinton at 40 percent in Iowa — a virtual tie. Clinton is down 12 points since early July, while Sanders is up 8 points in the same timespan.

The results highlight a stark gender gap among Democratic voters: 49 percent of men support Sanders, while 28 percent support Clinton. But 49 percent of women support Clinton, while 35 percent support Sanders.

Vice President Joe Biden, who is still weighing a White House bid, clocked in at 12 percent.

Clinton continues to struggle in her trustworthiness amid questions about her private email server. Thirty percent of Democrats say she is not honest and trustworthy, compared to only 5 percent for Biden and 4 percent for Sanders.

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Report: Patrick Dempsey in Talks to Join Cast of “Bridget Jones” Sequel

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Big news for “McDreamy” fans.

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey is in negotiations to join Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in the next installment of the popular Bridget Jones franchise titled, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Deadline reports.

According to Deadline, Dempsey’s role remains unknown but the movie’s plot revolves around Bridget unexpectedly becoming pregnant. The story is said to be based on columns written by Helen Fielding, creator of the Bridget Jones books, the website reports.

The original movie earned some $281 million worldwide and got Zellweger an Oscar nod for best actress. The sequel made $261 million worldwide.

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James Blake Speaks Out About Being Mistakenly Detained by NYPD

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former tennis pro James Blake says the first person he called after being thrown to the ground and handcuffed by New York City police officers Wednesday in a case of mistaken identity was his wife, and she is the reason he is speaking publicly about the incident.

“She said, ‘What if this happened to me?’ Blake said Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America of his wife, Emily. “Immediately, I was furious because I thought about what I would be thinking if someone did that to my wife, if someone tackled her in broad daylight, paraded her around in a busy, crowded sidewalk in New York City with handcuffs with her cuffed behind her back, and taking away her dignity.

“I couldn’t accept that,” Blake said.

The former tennis professional, 35, was standing outside midtown Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt New York while waiting to be driven to the U.S. Open for a promotional appearance around noon Wednesday, when he looked up from his phone and saw someone in shorts and a T-shirt charging at him.

“He picked me up and body slammed me and put me on the ground and told me to turn over and shut my mouth and put the cuffs on me,” Blake said of the plainclothes NYPD officer. “The first words out of my mouth were, ‘I’m going to 100 percent cooperate. I don’t want any incident or whatever,’ just out of reaction from what I’ve seen in the media.

“At no time did he let me know he was a police officer. He just put the cuffs on me and said, ‘Stand up,’” Blake said on GMA. “I asked what was going on and he said, ‘We’ll tell you soon.’”

Blake said he was detained by a group of around five police officers for a total 15 minutes and suffered “a couple of bumps and bruises.” The former No. 4 in the world tennis player had to tell police officers to check his back pocket, which has holding his U.S. Open credential.

“I said, ‘Look, officer, I’m scared so if I say something wrong I’m sorry, but I just want to know what’s going on. I think you have the wrong person,’” Blake recalled. “I had my credential for the U.S. Open in my back pocket and [I said], ‘Please check that. You can tell I’m a former player. It’s a final eight badge. It means I did pretty well at the U.S. Open. I’d like to clear my name.’”

The NYPD confirmed the incident to ABC News in a statement Wednesday, writing that Blake was mistakenly detained, “in regards to an ongoing investigation into fraudulently purchased cell phones, after being misidentified by a cooperating witness.”

“Once Blake was properly identified and found to have no connection to the investigation, he was released from police custody immediately. In regards to the alleged improper use of force, the Police Commissioner directed the internal affairs bureau to investigate,” the statement read.

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“America’s Got Talent” Recap: The Final Five Acts Advance to the Finals

Eric Liebowitz/NBC(NEW YORK) — On Wednesday night’s installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent the 11 acts that performed on Tuesday’s show learned which five of them will be the moving on to next week’s finals.

Judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from New York’s Radio City Music Hall to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Also back this week was the “Dunkin’ Save,” which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. Viewers were instructed to search “Dunkin’ Save” on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.

Magician Piff the Magic Dragon, The Professional Regurgitator Steve Starr, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, ladder acrobat Uzeyer Novruzov and comedian Paul Vider all advanced to the finals.

Rock band 3 Shades of Blue; singers Daniella Mass, Alondra Santos, Sharon Irving and Alicia Michilli; and dance troupe Freelusion were sent home.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

Rock band 3 Shades of Blue and opera singer Daniella Mass were the first two acts to learn they’re fates. Surprisingly, neither advanced to the finals. Mel B was “really confused” by the decision and predicted a great future for both acts.

Mariachi singer Alondra Santos and comic magician Piff the Magic Dragon were called to the front of the stage next. Piff moves on to the finals. Howie advised the magician to simply “stay the course.”

The next acts to learn their fates were The Professional Regurgitator Steve Starr and Alicia Michilli. Starr advances to the finals. Heidi was “happy” Steve was headed into the finals and called Starr her million dollar act. Steve told Klum, “If I could swallow you I would not bring you back.”

Gospel singer Sharon Irving and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin were called to the front of the stage next. Zerdin advances to the finals. Howard thought America got it right, noting Zerdin made ventriloquism and puppetry “cool,” noting that he was “edgy” and “rock and roll.” He added that Paul could very well walk away with the million dollar prize.

Earlier in the show, Nick Cannon revealed that ladder acrobat Uzeyer Novruzov, comedian Gary Vider and dance troupe Freelusion were the acts with the three lowest vote totals and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the “Dunkin’ Save.” In a shocker, America picked Novruzov, who took a spill during Tuesday’s performance, to advance to the finals. An emotional Novruzov thanked the audience and promised to try his best to convince them they made the right choice.

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi and Mel B picked Freelusion. Stern and Mandel picked Vider. The tie-breaker went to the act with the most viewer votes, which was Vider.

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Justin Timberlake Teams Up with Jimmy Fallon for ‘History of Rap 6’

Jamie McCarthy/NBC(NEW YORK) — Justin Timberlake dropped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday and dropped some beat with longtime friend, host Jimmy Fallon, for the sixth installment of their “History of Rap.”

The two opened the show cold by performing a medley of 25 classic rap songs from the 1990s through the present. Among them, Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex,” MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime,” NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” and Fetty Wap’s “My Way.”

Later, Timberlake, 34, sat down for an interview with Fallon and discussed his five-month-old son Silas Randall, whom he shares with wife Jessica Biel, 33.

“I have trouble wiping my own a**,” the “SexyBack” singer joked, before describing fatherhood as, “the most insanely, amazing, most beautiful, unbelievable thing.”

Justin, who also has his own premium tequila brand called 901, brought one of the company’s mixologists out for a segment in which they introduced a new cocktail consisting of jalapeño infused tequila, maple syrup, and a splash of orange bitters served on the rocks. The drink, a twist on an Old Fashioned, was dubbed “The Fallon.”

Timberlake also hung around to judge a lip-sync battle between Jimmy and the show’s other guest, Ellen DeGeneres.

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Hamlin Injures Knee, Team Issued Inspection Warning

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team was issued a warning Wednesday afternoon by NASCAR officials for failing pre-race inspections four times ahead of Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500, Fox Sports reports.

NASCAR officials also issued a warning to owner Jay Robinson’s No. 62 car driven by Timmy Hill after it failed pre-qualifying inspection twice.

Wednesday wasn’t a great day for Hamlin for another reason. Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Hamlin had torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee playing basketball Tuesday night, according to Fox. Although Hamlin will need surgery after the season, he has been cleared to continue racing this season.

It’s the second time Hamlin has torn an ACL playing basketball. He did it back in January 2010, undergoing surgery after that season.

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Fewer People Filed Jobless Claims, Labor Department Says

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims fell lower last week, decreasing by 6,000 from the revised previous week’s level, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending Sept. 5, the number of people filing for benefits fell 275,000. The previous week, claims stood at 281,000 — revised down from 282,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting that week’s figures.

The four-week moving average increased by just 500, to 275,750.

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Inside the Social Platform Connecting Grandparents and Grandkids

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Grandma and Grandpa now have a new digital tool at their fingertips to help them stay engaged with even their grandchildren no matter how far away they may live.

HomeTeam, a service created by Panasonic launching Thursday, helps connect several generations of family through a unique social platform.

While the site offers video chat, what distinguishes it is the option for grandparents or other relatives across the country to connect with younger family members by reading books together and playing games such as memory or checks in real-time

Although Home Team was originally designed by Panasonic’s Health and Wellness team for parents to connect the grandparents and grandchildren of the family, the ease of use also makes it ideal for divorced parents or those looking to stay engaged with their children while on a business trip.

HomeTeam is available for download on iOS and Android tablets, along with use available on PCs and Macs. The first month is free. After that, users can continue to enjoy free video chat or can upgrade to an $8.99 per month premium membership, which includes access to games and hundreds of children’s books.

There’s room for both sets of grandparents on the Home Team since one account covers up to five family members.

The move is the latest push in bringing more easy to use tech options to senior citizens. Earlier this year, Apple and IBM unveiled their plan for how the technology of the iPad can help serve the world’s aging population.

The plan is to put iPads into the hands of seniors in Japan. The tablets will be equipped with a customized suite of applications aimed at helping the country’s aging population live independently.

The team hopes the iPad service will reach as many as 5 million Japanese seniors by 2020. There are also plans to tailor it to different markets around the world.

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What Congress Did on Their Summer Vacation

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — It’s back to Washington D.C. for Congress. Fresh from their summer vacations, members of the House and Senate have a heavily packed agenda ahead of them.

For five weeks, Congress was out of session and free to return home, however their vacation was still a working vacation.

But here’s a snippet of what Congress was up to while they were away from the Capitol.

Braved a New Diet

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker challenged himself to go 10 days without added sugar, bread, pasta and other carb filled foods. Sen. Booker started Aug. 3 and blew well past the 10-day mark, nearly going all month.

“My sugar cravings have all but subsided and I’ve done away with my late night eating,” Sen. Booker wrote in a post on Instagram. “I so appreciate all the encouragement I’ve been receiving from folks on this platform and love reading about the experiences of others on the same journey.”

Got in Touch with Nature

Calling it a “hiking town hall,” Rep. Eric Swalwell of California and his constituents got some exercise while talking politics along the Sycamore Grove Park’s Regional Trail.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and her daughter sought out some adventures. The two zip-lined at Gunstock ski resort in New Hampshire.

Sen. Susan Collins took advantage of Maine’s peak blueberry picking season. Wild blueberries are Maine’s official state fruit.

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota went double kayaking along the Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz snapped this picture of a sunset over his home state of Utah.

It was a Portman family outing to the Edge of Appalachia. Republican Senator Rob Portman brought his family to hike on the edge of his homestate of Ohio.

It wasn’t all sunshine and beaches for everyone. Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski spent her Labor Day weekend with the U.S. Coast Guard aboard one of the National Security Cutters.

Traveled to Israel

To prepare themselves for key votes on the Iran nuclear deal this fall, nearly 100 representatives, Democratic and Republican took a trip to Israel.

Republican lawmakers Mimi Walters, Garret Graves and Patrick McHenry all went for a morning run in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the backdrop.

Prepped for Fall

It seems some want Fall to come quick. Rep. Paul Ryan, a huge Green Bay Packers fan, tweeted this picture.

Attended State Fairs

The Iowa State Fair was a big attraction this summer for politicians, and presidential hopefuls. The fair this year attracted 1 million people over 11 days.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley posed for a picture in front of the butter cow.

And Iowan Rep. Steve King ate fried butter — just one of the many fried foods sold the fair.

Celebrity Run-In

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