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  • Bacchanal Buffet Opens at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

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    ABC News' Jasmine Brown reports:

    It's a feast fit for a Caesar.

    Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas opened the doors Tuesday to the Bacchanal Buffet - a $17-million, 25,000-square-foot smorgasbord suitable for any high roller.

    Scott Green, executive chef of the Bacchanal Buffet, called the opening a success, saying that more than 2,500 people ate at the buffet.

    Offering more than 500 dishes from nine show kitchens, the Bacchanal's vast selection allows patrons to travel through the world with their taste buds. Have a craving for enchiladas and sushi, but can't decide on one. No problem, you can have them both.

    The Bacchanal has an assortment of foods to indulge even the greatest gastrophile. You can eat anything from fresh oysters to red velvet pancakes. Have a less-sophisticated palate? Try the biscuits and gravy. Mouth watering for dessert? How about crème brûlée or a pistachio soufflé?

    "I think it will push the average buffet diner to experience new types of cuisine and new

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  • ABC News' Paula Faris reports:

    A car belonging to uber-trainers Chris Powell and his wife Heidi of ABC's "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition" was carjacked in Mesa, Arizona while being driven by their nanny, who had the couple's one-year-old son inside.

    The couple's toddler Cash and Kaitlyn, the couple's nanny, were in the backseat of the Buick Enclave when a man approached.

    "He said get out of the car or I'll kill you and the baby," Heidi said. "Luckily she remembered to grab the baby, because in that situation, who's to say what you remember to do and don't remember to do."

    The suspect drove off, but technology would ultimately be his undoing when police used tracking software to locate and disable the vehicle.

    Chris Powell told "Good Morning America" Tuesday that he was in Milwaukee when the carjacking happened, but was on the phone with Heidi when Kaitlyn came rushing into their home.

    "I heard our nanny Kaitlyn come running through door screaming, 'He's going

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  • Randy Jackson Says 'Dawg Alive and Well' on 'Idol'

    Randy Jackson, the only original remaining judge on "American Idol," seems to be indicating that he'll remain on the show for the upcoming season.

    Appearing on "The View" on Monday, Jackson refused to say whether or not he was leaving the show. But afterward, when asked by ABC News whether fans would still be able to see him in some capacity on "American Idol," Jackson said emphatically, "The dawg is alive and well!"

    VIDEO: Randy Jackson Returning to 'Idol'

    Jackson's presence on the show's 12 th season seemed to be confirmed Monday night when former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell tweeted, "Just heard randy is back on idol. Right decision."

    On Monday night The Hollywood Reporter declared that plans to move Randy into a mentor role have been scrapped, and that he will return as judge. In addition, Fox reportedly has ended talks to bring Enrique Iglesias aboard as a judge, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Rumors are still

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  • Gary Langer of Langer Research Associates reports:

    Barack Obama has emerged from the nominating conventions in his best position against Mitt Romney since spring, a 50-44 percent race among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. But Romney recovers to a virtual dead heat among those most likely to vote, keeping the contest between them wide open.

    Obama is the greater beneficiary of the back-to-back nominating conventions. For the first time he's numerically ahead of Romney in trust to handle the economy, the key issue of the 2012 contest, albeit by a scant 47-45 percent. Obama's seized a 15-point lead in trust to advance the interests of the middle class. And strong enthusiasm among his supporters is up by 8 points from its pre-convention level; Obama now leads Romney by 10 points in "very" enthusiastic support.

    See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

    The 50-44 percent race among registered voters compares with a 46-47 percent

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  • 'Bachelorette' Star's Full-Body Makeover


    ABC News' Daisha Riley reports:

    She is the original bachelorette. Back then she was Trista Rehn, when she met and fell in love with Ryan Sutter on the very first season of the show.

    The happy couple made history as the first "Bachelorette" wedding, but nine years of marriage and two children later, the soon to be 40-year-old reality TV star decided to give herself an early birthday present.

    Sutter has gotten a full bikini-body makeover, undergoing surgery to "Feel pretty again." She decided on a breast lift and implants after nursing two kids.

    "I nursed both my kids for a year. And literally they were just deflated. That's what happens if you ask any mom. And I wanted a little more self confidence. I wanted to feel sexy for my husband," Sutter said in an interview with "Good Morning America" this morning.

    She also had an eye lift for what she says was a "Droopy eye."

    Life & StyleSutter allowed "Inside Edition" cameras into the hospital to capture the entire process, and she couldn't

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  • Escaped Pet Monkey Terrifies Fla. Neighborhood



    ABC News' Anthony Castellano reports:

    Chaos erupted in Sanford, Fla., when a pet monkey broke loose from his cage and began roaming the streets.

    Zeke led police on a wild chase Sunday, injured at least two people and sent residents scurrying for safety.

    "It lunged at me you know it came at my legs so I just kind of kicked it. Tried to fling it off my leg like that and it did back off for a little while," said Samuel Boylston.

    "He actually came up and jumped up and tried to bite my arm right here. And his last tooth just kind of nicked it," said Jason Diel.

    Zeke traveled from house to house, jumping on a police car and even nibbled on a satellite dish. Jeff Jacques, Zeke's owner, says the 4-year-old Pigtail Macaque freed itself from his backyard cage.

    "He ripped this chain back this way, ripped that, pushed that chain up and broke the stanchions of the railing. He's Houdini," he said.

    Animal control officers closed the streets around Zeke and he was finally captured by

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  • Teen Who Lost Arm to Gator Gets Prosthetic

    ABC News' Daisha Riley and Seni Tienabeso report:

    The Florida teen who lost his arm when he was attacked by an 11-foot alligator has been fitted with a replacement prosthetic limb.

    Kaleb “Fred” Langdale, 17, was fitted with the arm Sept. 5 by technicians at a Florida Hanger Clinic, which provides prosthetics and orthotics nationwide. The prosthesis detects movement in Fred's forearm and responds, allowing him to perform numerous functions, including gripping cups, buttoning his pants, and even clamping onto something as fragile as a Frito chip.

    Langdale's prosthesis was donated jointly by Hanger and by Inner Wheel, a non-profit organization that provides myo-electric prosthetic technology to those who are 18 and under.

    During a ride on his airboat, the teen demonstrated his new arm for ABC News. He pilots the boat one-handed, which is the same way he drives a car.

    (ABC)The new high school senior took his rifle along, because gators remain a threat, but he's undeterred.

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  • Katy Perry, John Mayer 'Seeing Each Other Again'

    Katy Perry and John Mayer's reunion tour continues. Less than two weeks after they reportedly broke up, the two have now been spotted out together twice.

    Mayer and Perry attended the FYF Festival in Los Angeles together over the weekend. Now People magazine reports that the two were seen leaving the L.A. restaurant The Little Door on Tuesday night. A friend of Perry's told the magazine, "They are seeing each other again."

    As for whether the couple's reunion is surprising, the friend told People , "The only thing that would surprise me is if she were to get back with Russell [Brand]."

    Since Mayer recently underwent surgery that, he said, requires him to be on vocal rest, it's hard to imagine what sort of conversations he and Perry are having on their dates. He wrote on his Tumblr blog, "Back to notebooks and iPad to communicate for the time being."

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  • Demolition Leaves Paris Crowd in Cloud of Dust

    Spectators gathered to watch the demolition of a 14-story building near Paris became the spectacle themselves when they were enveloped by a dust cloud.

    The crowd was gathered in the Paris suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine on Wednesday to watch as authorities pulled the plug on the decades-old building, the last in a trio of buildings demolished in recent years due to age, according to the BBC.

    Authorities planned the demolition with precision but what they couldn't count on was Mother Nature. As the 1960s-era building crumbled, a change in wind direction blew its remnants directly on the spectators.

    Cameras capturing the demolition showed shocked onlookers moving to escape the cloud of dust blowing their way, covering their faces with scarves, with some moving more quickly than others. There were no reports of injuries in the incident.

    Also caught-on-camera is the unlikely melody of Pachelbel's Canon playing in the background of the demolition as chaos ensued.

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  • ABC News' Linsey Davis and Natasha Singh report:

    Nazanin Boniadi had been a relative unknown, but that all changed with Vanity Fair magazine's explosive report that the actress had a secret relationship with Tom Cruise shortly before he began dating Katie Holmes.

    Vanity Fair's article alleges that Boniadi was selected by the Church of Scientology as a candidate to be Tom Cruise's real-life girlfriend. The church has denied the allegations.

    So, just who is the woman at the center of the controversy?

    (Getty Images)Before she discovered her love of acting, Boniadi received her bachelor's degree with honors in biological sciences from the University of California-Irvine, and even won an award for her cancer-treatment research.

    Born in Iran just after the revolution there and raised in London, Boniadi, 32, is an official spokeswoman for Amnesty International, which works to protect human rights around the world.

    While she has now received attention for her alleged love interest

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