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Chloe Grace Moretz Opens Up About Her Relationship with Brooklyn Beckham

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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Watch Matt Damon Do His Best Bill Clinton Impression

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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Teen Who Climbed Freedom Tower Arrested Again

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The teenager who caused a security scare at New York’s Freedom Tower earlier this year has been arrested for a new stunt, police said.

Justin Casquejo, 16, has been charged with defiant trespass and resisting arrest after being caught climbing a water tower in Weehawken, New Jersey.

State officials said that the Sept. 17 incident in Weehawken could violate his probation that was handed down after he was caught at the top of the Freedom Tower.

Casquejo was arrested in March after climbing to the tower’s spire. He later explained that he scaled the fence surrounding the site, took the stairs to the 20th floor, jumped on an elevator to the 99th floor and then walked the rest of the way up to the top of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building.

He pleaded guilty in that case. He has not yet had to enter a plea in the Weehawken case.

Police sources confirmed that Casquejo was the individual arrested in connection to the Weehawken case because the suspect’s name was not originally released publicly due to his age.

There may have been other people present when he allegedly scaled the water tower last week, but Casquejo was the only person arrested.

Casquejo posted an apology on Twitter after he was caught in March, but he has not posted any remorseful message since his most recent arrest.

His most recent message — saying “It’s just a ride” — came on the day of the Weehawken arrest, though it is unclear if it happened before or after the alleged stunt.

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Former Sen. Jim Webb ‘Seriously’ Considering 2016 Presidential Bid

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Tuesday he’s “seriously” considering a 2016 presidential bid, and will make a decision within the next two to five months.

“I am seriously looking at the possibility of running for president,” Webb said in an appearance at the National Press Club.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we’re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months,” he said.

Webb added that he is looking for a “support base” for a potential campaign.

The 68-year-old decorated Marine Corps veteran, who served in the Senate from 2006-2012, recently conducted a three-day, 800-mile tour of Iowa, and has plans to visit New Hampshire in October.

As an economic populist staunchly opposed to American intervention abroad, Webb is seen as an intriguing challenger to presumptive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

In the Senate, Webb opposed Clinton’s proposal to arm moderate Syrian rebels against the Assad regime. On Tuesday, he referred to U.S. policy in the Middle East as a “tangled mess,” but declined to hold Clinton responsible for the region’s current state when asked to evaluate her performance as secretary of state.

“I think that’s a question that really should be directed at Secretary Clinton. I’m not here to undermine her,” he said.

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

Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for BET(NEW YORK) — Dr. Dre dominates Forbes2014 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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Idris Elba Joins Fight Against Ebola

C.J. LaFrance/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Idris Elba, the actor from HBO’s The Wire and BBC’s Luther, was in New York City on Monday to take on one of the most important roles of his life: The fight against the deadly Ebola virus raging through West Africa.

Elba, whose parents are from Sierra Leone, attended meetings to urge world leaders to do what is necessary to fight the Ebola crisis and invest in long-term prevention and treatment strategies. Among other things, he wrote an email to the six million global members of The ONE Campaign — the advocacy organization co-founded by U2 frontman Bono — calling on citizens to sign ONE’s petition urging leaders to step up and deliver on Ebola. So far, the petition has attracted 80,000 signers.

“If you care about any part of the world you should care about Ebola — I don’t know how else to spell it out,” the actor told ABC News. “It’s a very human problem, not just a regional one.”

Elba, who was raised in New York, said he had never been to Sierra Leone but he has a lot of family there. He said he decided to help raise awareness for the Ebola crisis out of a sense of responsibility.

“I want to be careful not to sensationalize this because of who I am but I want to utilize my fame to give a message,” Elba said. “I’m going viral to fight the virus, so to speak.”

Elba said his plan was still in the embryonic stages. He’s unsure about where he fits within the global effort to contain a disease that has already killed more than 2,600 people in West Africa, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Guinea.

A report out in Tuesday’s New England Journal of Medicine estimates the virus has a fatality rate over 70 percent and if left unchecked, there could be 20,000 infected by November. Without the proper intervention, the outbreak could reach 1.4 million cases by the end of January, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One plan of action Elba said he is exploring is to put pressure on the mobile phone carriers in West Africa to send out text messages to educate the public about safety and prevention. He pointed out that more than 70 percent of people in Sierra Leone use a cellphone, so it would be an effective way of getting the word out.

Elba said he is hugely concerned about what happens next, especially with so many women, caregivers and young people hit with Ebola.

“I’m trying to help get people motivated and re-motivated by redesigning the message on the shop floor, so to speak,” he said.

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Federal Prison Incarcerations Drop, DOJ Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice says the federal prison population has dwindled to about 4,800 inmates since September 2013.

While speaking at the Brennan Center for Justice Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said this is the first time the figure has dropped in a fiscal year since 1980 and the numbers are expected to decrease over the next two fiscal years.

“Our new projections anticipate that the number of federal inmates will fall by just over 2,000 in the next 12 months — and by almost 10,000 in the year after,” said Holder.

Since President Obama took office, incarceration rates at the state level have also decreased by around 10 percent.

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Why Alibaba’s Jack Ma Says He Doesn’t Need His Sudden Wealth

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — China’s newly richest man Jack Ma, whose American hero is the fictional Forrest Gump, reminded the world that he is “100 percent made in China.”

When asked about his recent success during a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative summit, Ma said he’s constantly asked how he will spend his money. Ma said he is dedicating $3 billion of his nearly $20 billion to philanthropy, adding that he is responsible to society and its future.

“The money I donate is not my money,” Ma said.

The former English teacher said he owes Alibaba’s success to his customers: small and medium-sized companies. He zinged China’s state-owned enterprises, saying Alibaba doesn’t owe its success to government support.

“We don’t have a rich father or powerful uncle,” Ma said.

Either way, Ma explained that people don’t need an excess amount of money.

“We only eat three meals a day and we only sleep on one bed,” he said, adding that once the rich age, “We’ll all spend the money in the hospital, buying medicine.”

So how is Ma spending his time, now that he’s a multi-billionaire? Ma previously stepped down as CEO and is executive chairman of Alibaba. He’s been a trustee of the Nature Conservancy’s China program since 2009 and is now chairman.

“A lot of people say forget about it. China is hopeless,” Ma said. He added that people had similar doubts about the success of his business in China’s controlled Internet environment.

“Fifteen years ago, people said e-commerce would never happen in China. We never gave up,” Ma said, saying the country will see again “blue skies” and “clean water.”

He said education and the world’s youth are key to global change.

“I never had one day of education in the U.S.,” Ma boasted. “I taught myself English. I’m 100 percent ‘Made in China.'”

Ma said parents should stop complaining that their children spend too much time on the Internet or on their mobile phones.

“Today, the Internet is probably the best university to educate your kids,” he said.

Repeating comments he made at Alibaba’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Ma said, “My best American idol is Forrest Gump,” repeating the film’s famous line, “Life is a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.”

“But we have to be realistic. If you’re not standing on the ground, you won’t survive,” he said, explaining that he is “optimistic and realistic.”

“Otherwise it’s a fancy dream,” Ma said.

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Rodents Arrive at International Space Station Aboard SpaceX Dragon

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twenty rodents were among the cargo that arrived at the International Space Station Tuesday aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

The reusable Dragon spacecraft, which is on its fourth cargo re-supply mission to the orbiting station, docked Tuesday morning at the ISS, where it will spend the next four weeks before splashing into the Pacific Ocean, SpaceX officials said.

The trip marked the first time Dragon carried live mammals, which will live in NASA’s Rodent Research Facility where researchers will study the long-term impact of weightlessness on their bodies.

Also on board was the first 3-D printer launched into space. It could potentially crank out spare parts that will allow astronauts to one day fix their vessel on the spot.

Dragon arrived at the ISS with a total of 5,000 pounds of cargo, including science experiments, crew supplies and spacewalk equipment, according to NASA.

When it’s time to return to Earth, Dragon will be loaded up with cargo to be sent back to Earth. Once the capsule is released, it will perform three burns to send it on a path away from the ISS.

SpaceX projects that five hours after leaving the ISS, Dragon will conduct a de-orbit burn, lasting about 10 minutes. The capsule will then take about a half hour to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere before splashing down into the Pacific Ocean, about 380 miles off the coast of California, where it can then be retrieved for future missions.

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Why Alibaba’s Jack Ma Says He Doesn’t Need His Sudden Wealth

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — China’s newly richest man Jack Ma, whose American hero is the fictional Forrest Gump, reminded the world that he is “100 percent made in China.”

When asked about his recent success during a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative summit, Ma said he’s constantly asked how he will spend his money. Ma said he is dedicating $3 billion of his nearly $20 billion to philanthropy, adding that he is responsible to society and its future.

“The money I donate is not my money,” Ma said.

The former English teacher said he owes Alibaba’s success to his customers: small and medium-sized companies. He zinged China’s state-owned enterprises, saying Alibaba doesn’t owe its success to government support.

“We don’t have a rich father or powerful uncle,” Ma said.

Either way, Ma explained that people don’t need an excess amount of money.

“We only eat three meals a day and we only sleep on one bed,” he said, adding that once the rich age, “We’ll all spend the money in the hospital, buying medicine.”

So how is Ma spending his time, now that he’s a multi-billionaire? Ma previously stepped down as CEO and is executive chairman of Alibaba. He’s been a trustee of the Nature Conservancy’s China program since 2009 and is now chairman.

“A lot of people say forget about it. China is hopeless,” Ma said. He added that people had similar doubts about the success of his business in China’s controlled Internet environment.

“Fifteen years ago, people said e-commerce would never happen in China. We never gave up,” Ma said, saying the country will see again “blue skies” and “clean water.”

He said education and the world’s youth are key to global change.

“I never had one day of education in the U.S.,” Ma boasted. “I taught myself English. I’m 100 percent ‘Made in China.'”

Ma said parents should stop complaining that their children spend too much time on the Internet or on their mobile phones.

“Today, the Internet is probably the best university to educate your kids,” he said.

Repeating comments he made at Alibaba’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange, Ma said, “My best American idol is Forrest Gump,” repeating the film’s famous line, “Life is a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.”

“But we have to be realistic. If you’re not standing on the ground, you won’t survive,” he said, explaining that he is “optimistic and realistic.”

“Otherwise it’s a fancy dream,” Ma said.

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