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Report: Terrence Howard’s Divorce Settlement with Second Wife Overturned

Christopher Fragapane/FOX(NEW YORK) — Terrence Howard can breathe easier now that a Los Angeles judge ruled in his favor Monday to overturn his 2012 divorce settlement to his second wife, Michelle Ghent.

The Empire star claimed he signed the divorce agreement — which gave his ex-wife $5,800 every month — under duress when Ghent tried to blackmail Howard by threatening to release humiliating videos of the actor, according to TMZ. Ghent will now have to agree to a revised settlement in her divorce to the Oscar-nominated actor.

Ghent’s lawyers claim her actions were part of a mutually disrespectful marriage. 

Howard was also married to Lori McCommas from 1989 until 2007. He divorced his third wife, Miranda Cristine Pak, last month.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/24/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 2, Cleveland 1
Cincinnati 12, Detroit 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 1, Houston 0
Kansas City 8, Baltimore 3
Boston 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Oakland 11, Seattle 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 5, Colorado 3
Pittsburgh 5, Miami 2
N.Y. Mets 16, Philadelphia 7
St. Louis 5, Arizona 3

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Tony Stewart Lends Private Plane to Family of Justin Wilson

Geoff Burke/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The racing world responded with concern Sunday when IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was injured during a crash at Pocono Raceway, but three-time Sprint Cup Series champ Tony Stewart apparently went above and beyond.

Officials with Stewart-Hass Racing confirmed that Stewart provided his private plane and pilots to Wilson’s family so they could travel to the Pennsylvania Hospital where Wilson had been airlifted, reports NASCAR.com. Unfortunately Wilson died of his injuries Monday.

Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed the news after word of Stewart’s generosity became public as other IndyCar racers thanked him on Twitter.

On Sunday night, Indy driver Graham Rahal tweeted Stewart, “[Y]ou’re a hell of a man for donating your plane for JWs family. Hats off to you, you’re a very generous human.”

Stewart was hit by a piece of debris in a multi-car crash at the ABC Supply 500.

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President Obama Speaks at National Clean Energy Summit

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — After two weeks of vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama got back to work and hit the road, traveling to Las Vegas to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit.

“It’s good being back out on the road after spending some downtime with my family, recharging my own batteries,” the president joked at the energy focused summit.

The president immediately thanked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who over the weekend came out in support of the Iran nuclear agreement.

“I want to thank him by the way for his strong statement over the weekend in support of a deal that’s going to make sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

“Harry’s leadership matters. It sends a message that Congress should support this historic diplomatic breakthrough and not block it over the objections of most of the world,” he said. “We don’t rely on bluster or bravado. We focus on strong principled diplomacy that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

So far, 28 Senate Democrats have come out in support of the deal. The White House only needs to secure the support of six more Senate Dems in order to sustain a veto override.

In the speech at the National Clean Energy Summit, the president argued for expanding renewable energy initiatives. including promoting solar power development. The administration announced a new program today that will reduce the cost for homeowners to install solar panels on their rooftops.

“We’re going to make it even easier for individual homeowners to put solar panels on their roof with no upfront cost,” he said.

The president also criticized the Koch brothers for opposing the administration’s renewable energy push.

“That’s not the American way,” the president said.

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President Obama Speaks at National Clean Energy Summit

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — After two weeks of vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama got back to work and hit the road, traveling to Las Vegas to speak at the National Clean Energy Summit.

“It’s good being back out on the road after spending some downtime with my family, recharging my own batteries,” the president joked at the energy focused summit.

The president immediately thanked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who over the weekend came out in support of the Iran nuclear agreement.

“I want to thank him by the way for his strong statement over the weekend in support of a deal that’s going to make sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

“Harry’s leadership matters. It sends a message that Congress should support this historic diplomatic breakthrough and not block it over the objections of most of the world,” he said. “We don’t rely on bluster or bravado. We focus on strong principled diplomacy that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

So far, 28 Senate Democrats have come out in support of the deal. The White House only needs to secure the support of six more Senate Dems in order to sustain a veto override.

In the speech at the National Clean Energy Summit, the president argued for expanding renewable energy initiatives. including promoting solar power development. The administration announced a new program today that will reduce the cost for homeowners to install solar panels on their rooftops.

“We’re going to make it even easier for individual homeowners to put solar panels on their roof with no upfront cost,” he said.

The president also criticized the Koch brothers for opposing the administration’s renewable energy push.

“That’s not the American way,” the president said.

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How One Super PAC Wants to Pave the Way for Joe Biden to Run in 2016

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden returned to work at the White House Monday as the political intrigue about whether he will pursue a 2016 bid mounts. While the V.P. makes up his mind, one group is paving the way for a potential Biden presidential campaign.

The super PAC Draft Biden, which started as an idea in March in the Chicago living room of 27-year-old William Pierce, now the group’s executive director, is ramping up its efforts in case the vice president decides to make a third run for the White House.

The group received a major boost at the beginning of August when Josh Alcorn, a top strategist for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, joined the campaign as a senior adviser.

“I think Joe Biden can win this presidential race,” Alcorn told ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “There’s a real enthusiasm for a kind of candidate like him, somebody who can look somebody in the eye, connect with them on a very real level, tell them what he thinks the issues facing the country are and then back his words up with actions.”

The group is now focusing on three areas -– reminding voters of Biden’s record and resume, building a grassroots organization and raising the money needed to execute those plans.

Here’s a look at what Draft Biden is doing in the weeks leading up to a potential Biden presidential bid.

THE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

Draft Biden is building up its grassroots network and plans on implementing an aggressive operation in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

James Rigdon, the group’s outreach director, is lining up activists and elected officials in each of the early states, many of whom supported Biden in his previous presidential bids, to help with the organization’s efforts on the ground.

Draft Biden is also broadening its campaign beyond the early states. They have so far signed up volunteers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and are looking for volunteers in Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming by the end of the month.

The super PAC is also focusing on a cultivating a grassroots e-mail list, which could be tapped for fundraising. More than 200,000 people have signed their petition to “draft” Biden, up from 150,000 earlier this month.

FUNDRAISING PUSH

To execute this campaign, they will need a lot of cash. Draft Biden has set a fundraising goal of $2.5-3 million in the next four to six weeks -– a big jump from the less than $79,000 the group raised in the third fundraising quarter.

The group says they are well on their way to reaching that goal, but declined to reveal the exact amount they have raised to date. More than 1,000 unique donors have contributed to Draft Biden, and some have donated multiple times, the team says. They saw their biggest online fundraising day on Sunday –- one day after the vice president’s meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

Draft Biden doesn’t plan on stockpiling that money. It will be poured directly into executing the program they have developed to build an infrastructure to remind people of Biden’s record, create a grassroots network, and establish a presence in early caucus and primary states.

COURTING PROMINENT DEMOCRATS

The Democratic National Committee is hosting its annual summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Though he always has an open invitation to attend, the vice president won’t be joining the meeting, a DNC official says. But Draft Biden will be on the ground to make up for it.

On Thursday and Friday, the group will host four informational meetings for Democratic activists and superdelegates to learn more about their efforts and ask them to keep an open mind about a potential Biden bid.

“Our ask for you today is not financial: We are asking you to keep an open mind and consider a Biden candidacy,” Alcorn wrote in a memo to Democrats ahead of the meeting. “Our country, the Democratic Party, and yes, the Vice President deserves nothing less. The more you consider it, the more sense it makes.”

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How One Super PAC Wants to Pave the Way for Joe Biden to Run in 2016

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden returned to work at the White House Monday as the political intrigue about whether he will pursue a 2016 bid mounts. While the V.P. makes up his mind, one group is paving the way for a potential Biden presidential campaign.

The super PAC Draft Biden, which started as an idea in March in the Chicago living room of 27-year-old William Pierce, now the group’s executive director, is ramping up its efforts in case the vice president decides to make a third run for the White House.

The group received a major boost at the beginning of August when Josh Alcorn, a top strategist for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, joined the campaign as a senior adviser.

“I think Joe Biden can win this presidential race,” Alcorn told ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “There’s a real enthusiasm for a kind of candidate like him, somebody who can look somebody in the eye, connect with them on a very real level, tell them what he thinks the issues facing the country are and then back his words up with actions.”

The group is now focusing on three areas -– reminding voters of Biden’s record and resume, building a grassroots organization and raising the money needed to execute those plans.

Here’s a look at what Draft Biden is doing in the weeks leading up to a potential Biden presidential bid.

THE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

Draft Biden is building up its grassroots network and plans on implementing an aggressive operation in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

James Rigdon, the group’s outreach director, is lining up activists and elected officials in each of the early states, many of whom supported Biden in his previous presidential bids, to help with the organization’s efforts on the ground.

Draft Biden is also broadening its campaign beyond the early states. They have so far signed up volunteers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and are looking for volunteers in Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming by the end of the month.

The super PAC is also focusing on a cultivating a grassroots e-mail list, which could be tapped for fundraising. More than 200,000 people have signed their petition to “draft” Biden, up from 150,000 earlier this month.

FUNDRAISING PUSH

To execute this campaign, they will need a lot of cash. Draft Biden has set a fundraising goal of $2.5-3 million in the next four to six weeks -– a big jump from the less than $79,000 the group raised in the third fundraising quarter.

The group says they are well on their way to reaching that goal, but declined to reveal the exact amount they have raised to date. More than 1,000 unique donors have contributed to Draft Biden, and some have donated multiple times, the team says. They saw their biggest online fundraising day on Sunday –- one day after the vice president’s meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

Draft Biden doesn’t plan on stockpiling that money. It will be poured directly into executing the program they have developed to build an infrastructure to remind people of Biden’s record, create a grassroots network, and establish a presence in early caucus and primary states.

COURTING PROMINENT DEMOCRATS

The Democratic National Committee is hosting its annual summer meeting in Minneapolis this week. Though he always has an open invitation to attend, the vice president won’t be joining the meeting, a DNC official says. But Draft Biden will be on the ground to make up for it.

On Thursday and Friday, the group will host four informational meetings for Democratic activists and superdelegates to learn more about their efforts and ask them to keep an open mind about a potential Biden bid.

“Our ask for you today is not financial: We are asking you to keep an open mind and consider a Biden candidacy,” Alcorn wrote in a memo to Democrats ahead of the meeting. “Our country, the Democratic Party, and yes, the Vice President deserves nothing less. The more you consider it, the more sense it makes.”

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Jeb Bush Says ‘Anchor Babies’ Comment Was ‘More Related to Asians’

ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has ignited a firestorm once again — saying his use of the controversial term “anchor babies” is “more related to Asian people.”

Bush, who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, has refused to back down from using the term, a derogatory phrase used to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants born on American soil. Both he and Donald Trump have drawn fire for the usage.

At a campaign event in McAllen, Texas Monday, Bush was asked repeatedly by both the English and Spanish-language press about his usage of the term “anchor babies” in a radio interview last week.

He has defended the term and tried to clarify, saying that it is “ludicrous” that anyone says his usage of “anchor babies” is derogatory. He also added that he was actually referring to the “birth tourism” industry.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, and having children, in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” said Bush, adding, “I support the 14th amendment.”

Bush, whose immigration policy advocates legal status for undocumented immigrants, says that he is “immersed” in the immigrant experience, adding in Spanish, “I am proudly married to a Mexican-American woman, my children are Hispanic. I have been involved in Hispanic life.”

Bush’s statement has already been seized on by staff for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.

“This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,” said K.J. Bagchi, the DNC’s Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement. “The only thing worse than Jeb Bush’s words about immigrant families may be his policies towards them.”

Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News in a statement:

“Governor Bush was highlighting that “birth tourism” is a well-reported serious and growing problem, one that the Department of Homeland Security has been grappling with addressing,” she said in a statement.

“The next President must have a plan to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Governor Bush is the only candidate in the entire presidential field who has presented a serious, conservative, comprehensive reform agenda to fix our broken immigration system.”

This event was supposed to be safe territory for Bush, long a proponent for broad immigration reform. This comes after a week of coming under fire for his repeated usage of the phrase and, after trading barbs with Trump, who also made a trip to the border last month.

Earlier Monday, Trump told Fox and Friends, “I think it’s great he’s going to the border, I think he’ll … find out it’s not an act of love.”

Bush responded to Trump on Monday saying that Trump’s plan to build a wall and end birthright citizenship just isn’t realistic.

“Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded on conservative principles, they would cost hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said, adding “it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, it will violate people’s civil liberties.”

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Jeb Bush Says ‘Anchor Babies’ Comment Was ‘More Related to Asians’

ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has ignited a firestorm once again — saying his use of the controversial term “anchor babies” is “more related to Asian people.”

Bush, who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, has refused to back down from using the term, a derogatory phrase used to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants born on American soil. Both he and Donald Trump have drawn fire for the usage.

At a campaign event in McAllen, Texas Monday, Bush was asked repeatedly by both the English and Spanish-language press about his usage of the term “anchor babies” in a radio interview last week.

He has defended the term and tried to clarify, saying that it is “ludicrous” that anyone says his usage of “anchor babies” is derogatory. He also added that he was actually referring to the “birth tourism” industry.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts — and frankly it’s more related to Asian people — coming into our country, and having children, in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” said Bush, adding, “I support the 14th amendment.”

Bush, whose immigration policy advocates legal status for undocumented immigrants, says that he is “immersed” in the immigrant experience, adding in Spanish, “I am proudly married to a Mexican-American woman, my children are Hispanic. I have been involved in Hispanic life.”

Bush’s statement has already been seized on by staff for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee.

“This latest comment from Bush shows just how out of touch he is,” said K.J. Bagchi, the DNC’s Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Engagement. “The only thing worse than Jeb Bush’s words about immigrant families may be his policies towards them.”

Campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told ABC News in a statement:

“Governor Bush was highlighting that “birth tourism” is a well-reported serious and growing problem, one that the Department of Homeland Security has been grappling with addressing,” she said in a statement.

“The next President must have a plan to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Governor Bush is the only candidate in the entire presidential field who has presented a serious, conservative, comprehensive reform agenda to fix our broken immigration system.”

This event was supposed to be safe territory for Bush, long a proponent for broad immigration reform. This comes after a week of coming under fire for his repeated usage of the phrase and, after trading barbs with Trump, who also made a trip to the border last month.

Earlier Monday, Trump told Fox and Friends, “I think it’s great he’s going to the border, I think he’ll … find out it’s not an act of love.”

Bush responded to Trump on Monday saying that Trump’s plan to build a wall and end birthright citizenship just isn’t realistic.

“Mr. Trump’s plans are not grounded on conservative principles, they would cost hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said, adding “it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, it will violate people’s civil liberties.”

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Owen Wilson Admits It’s Been ‘Rough’ Dealing with Father’s Alzheimer’s Disease

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Owen Wilson recently revealed his father, Bob, has been battling Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s been a rough thing,” the actor tells the Dallas Morning News. “It’s one of those things where if somebody had said 10 years ago, when my dad and I were joking around, having a putting match, that this is the position your dad’s going to be in, where he basically needs 24-hour care, you’d think, ‘Gosh, I won’t be able to handle that. That’s just not possible.'”

Wilson adds of his 74-year-old father, “You just have to do your best to deal with it. You’ve got no choice but to accept it. And then, you sort of still look for the things to be grateful for.”

Wilson, who’s a father of two children, says he looks up to his dad, who’s a TV executive. “For me and my brothers [Luke and Andrew], there just wasn’t a bigger influence on us,” he says.

Wilson currently stars in She’s Funny That Way, along with Jennifer Aniston and Kathryn Hahn.

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