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Julie Chen leaving 'The Talk' after husband Les Moonves leaves CBS, reports say

Television host and producer Julie Chen is leaving “The Talk,” CBS’s daytime talk show, following her husband Les Moonves’s resignation as CEO of the television network, according to multiple reports.

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It was not immediately clear when Chen planned to officially announce her departure. Citing an unidentified source, Page Six reported Monday that Chen would step down in the coming weeks. However, CNN reported that Chen was expected to announce her departure in a videotaped message to viewers Tuesday. The news network reported she will continue to act as host on the reality show “Big Brother.”

>> CBS CEO Les Moonves resigns after new accusations surface

“She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband’s name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son,” an unidentified person told CNN.

After 20 years with CBS, Moonves stepped down as the network’s CEO earlier this month amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations. At least a dozen women told The New Yorker they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Moonves.

>> CBS investigating after chairman Les Moonves accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women

Chen supported her husband after allegations first surfaced over the summer.

“Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader,” Chen said in a statement released in July. “He has always been a kind, decent and moral human being. I fully support my husband and stand behind him.”

Chen was absent for the season premiere of “The Talk,” which aired on Sept. 10, one day after her husband left CBS. In a statement, she said she would be off for a few days, but she did not address the allegations against her husband.

Chen has co-hosted “The Talk” alongside actress Sara Gilbert and media personality Sharon Osbourne since the show premiered in October 2010. Comedian Sheryl Underwood and musician Eve also co-host the program.

Rising golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena found dead on Iowa golf course

An up-and-coming golfer has been found dead, her body discovered on a golf course in Iowa. 

Police found Celia Barquin Arozamena’s body was found Monday night at Coldwater Links golf course in Ames, Iowa, ABC News reported.

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The discovery of Barquin Arozamena’s body came after golfers found a golf bag on the course earlier that morning, but no one was around it, ABC News reported.

Police said Barquin Arozamena was found “some distance away” and had been assaulted, KCCI reported.

But police did not say exactly how she died, KCCI reported.

Police arrested Collin Richards Monday night and charged him with first-degree murder in connection to her death, ABC News reported.

Barquin Arozamena was the 2018 Big 12 champion and was named Iowa State Female Athlete of the Yearthe Des Moines Register reported.

She was a senior at Iowa State and was from Puente San Miguel, Spain, according to her Iowa State biography.

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She will be honored at Saturday’s Iowa State football game. Her funeral arrangements have not been released yet.

Barquin Arozamena had qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open this summer. The Alabama event was a LPGA Tour major. She didn’t advance past the first two rounds, ABC News reported.

CNN's Anderson Cooper calls out Donald Trump Jr., debunks hurricane meme

Atlanta-based CNN is often dismissed as "fake news" by President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Seeking to prove their point, some right-wing meme creators found a photo of Anderson Cooper in waist-deep floodwater, claiming he was exaggerating and staging shots during Hurricane Florence. 

>> On WSOCTV.com: Florence's aftermath: The latest updates from the Carolinas

But the photo was from 2008 during Hurricane Ike in Texas, and Cooper was demonstrating the dangers of shifting depths of floodwaters. 

Cooper decided to address the issue in a nine-minute segment on his show Monday in part because the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., used the meme as fodder to malign CNN on Twitter.

While many people on Twitter used the images and tied them to Florence, Trump Jr. merely implied that this was fakery and designed to make his dad “look bad.” 

Cooper took umbrage to that, shading Trump Jr. by showing photos of him being an “outdoorsman” killing exotic wildlife but presuming he wasn’t in North Carolina helping in rescue efforts. 

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Cooper then showed the 10-year-old video of himself in waist-deep water in a flooded area of Bridge City, Texas. He was demonstrating the various depths of water in a very small area. At one point, he even made fun of himself for doing this, but added that he didn’t want to be on the dry part of the road interfering with rescue operations. Cooper said he also wanted to show that water can go deep very quickly even just a few feet off a road, and many people die in hurricanes via drowning.

Cooper noted that his camera crew has to shoot on dry spots to keep the equipment from getting wet. And the tech person in the photo? He died last year, Cooper said. 

Heinz brings Mayochup to the US; Twitter vote for debut city

Americans will soon be able to try Heinz’s latest creation -- Mayochup.

The ketchup company introduced the combination in Arab Gulf states earlier this year, but after being prodded to bring the product to U.S. store shelves, the company has decided to give its customers what they want and bring it to America. 

All it took was a half million votes in favor (or is it flavor?) to bring the ketchup/mayo hybrid to the U.S., Esquire reported.

But the question looms, what city should be able to get the first official taste?

Heinz is running a poll on its Twitter page to find out. But the clock is ticking. Votes via hashtag end at 11:59 p.m. CST Tuesday.

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>>Read: Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

“After seeing the unprecedented passion surrounding this product, including the nearly one million votes on social media and 500,000 votes in favor of bringing it stateside, launching Mayochup in the U.S. was a no-brainer,” Nicole Kulwicki, director of marketing at Heinz, told the “Today” show in a statement.

National Cheeseburger Day 2018: Deals and freebies on burgers Tuesday

Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day, and whether you like yours with “lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer,” or if your tastes are more simple, here are some deals on the American classic.

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(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)

2nd and Charles: Get a free Bob’s Burgers cheeseburger at checkout as long as supplies last. The deal begins at 6 p.m.

BurgerFi – Buy one cheeseburger, get one for $1. 

IHOP: Buy an Ultimate Steakburger and get a free side of buttermilk pancakes or limited-time pumpkin spice pancakes. The deal is good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Johnny Rockets: Buy one, get one half off for all cheeseburgers on the menu. A bonus: Buy one, get one half off for all milkshakes on the menu.

McDonald’s: Order anything on the mobile app, and you get a free cheeseburger on Tuesday.

Miller's Ale House: Cheeseburgers are $5.99 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when you show a Facebook post.

Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub: When you dine in, you can get a $5 cheeseburger with a choice of cheddar, Swiss or American cheese

Red Robin: Get a gourmet cheeseburger with bottomless steak fries for $5 all day. Valid for dine-in only and you must purchase a beverage. 

Ruby Tuesday: If you are a member of the So Connected Club, you can get a free burger with the purchase of an entree on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can join by clicking here.

Roy Rogers: Get two cheeseburgers for $5 on Tuesday.

Ted's Montana Grill: Get a cheeseburger and fries for $6. Dine-in only.

Tony Roma's: Get $2 off any burger if you are a member of the chain’s email club. Sign up here: www.tonyromas.com.

Wendy’s: Through the end of the month, you can get a free Dave’s single with your purchase when you download and use the Wendy's app.

White Castle: Get one free cheese slider with purchase of anything on the menu. 

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar: If you are a VIP member you can get a Plain & Simple Burger with the option of 8 different cheese toppings, for $5. Sign up here to be a VIP member.

 

11 former FedEx workers, 2 ex-USPS contractors accused of stealing mail

A federal grand jury indicted 11 former FedEx Express employees and two former contractors for the U.S. Postal Service on allegations of mail theft.

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The indictments were announced Monday in a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

All 13 people from Memphis, Tennessee, are facing federal charges of mail theft

According to the indictments, the defendants targeted mail – such as gift cards and greeting cards – since “there was a strong likelihood that they contained U.S. currency.”

The employees would search through the mail, remove some of the contents, and smuggle items off the premises, authorities said.

The news release identified each of the former employees. They were indicted on charges of “obstruction of correspondence or theft and receipt of stolen mail matter.”

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Each person is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine:

  • Braylon Butler, 25
  • Posely Jones, 25
  • Florence Guy, 23
  • Shamika Coleman, 39
  • Jamal Johnson, 39
  • Ronald Carter Jr., 32
  • Katrina Dunlap, 27
  • Yukelia Brown, 31
  • Tekesha Henderson, 26
  • Craig Johnson, 26
  • Yolanda Barbee, 22
  • Jerome Pope, 26
  • Cortez Spencer, 28

FedEx issued a statement regarding the indictments and mail theft charges facing the former employees:

"FedEx Express does not tolerate the use of its network for illegal activity," the company said. "We fully cooperated with authorities in this investigation, and the individuals named in the indictments are no longer employed by FedEx."

Officials held a press conference Monday to provide more details about the indictments and the charges against the former employees. 

Hurricane Florence: Trucker driving school bus rescues 64 dogs, cats from South Carolina

A Tennessee truck driver is being hailed as a hero after he rescued 64 shelter dogs and cats ahead of Hurricane Florence.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Florence’s aftermath: The latest news from the Carolinas

According to the Greenvale News, Tony Alsup, 51, from Greenback, Tennessee, drove a school bus to South Carolina last week as the deadly storm strengthened in the Atlantic. Once there, he stopped in Orangeburg, Georgetown, Dillon and North Myrtle Beach, picking up 53 dogs and 11 cats from area animal shelters.

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“It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly,” Alsup, of Tony's Emergency Animal Rescue and Shelter, told the Greenvale News. “We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.”

He drove them to a shelter in Foley, Alabama, which will distribute the animals to other shelters across the nation, the newspaper reported

Saint Frances Animal Center in Georgetown praised Alsup in a Facebook post Tuesday.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

"It's all true," the post said of Alsup, who also has saved animals from hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. "Tony swooped in at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning to pick up our 'leftovers' – the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety. Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart."

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Man dies after being crushed by machine at Georgia workplace

A man was killed Monday when he was crushed by a machine at his job in west Georgia, a fire department official said.

The incident occurred between 5:30 and 6 a.m. at DieTech Industries in the 100 block of Automation Drive, Carrollton fire Chief Jimmy Bearden told WSB-TV.

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The man’s identity and other details were not released.

Officials don’t know what caused the deadly situation, Bearden said. An investigation is ongoing.

DieTech Industries is a full-service die shop that offers manufacturing services, according to its website.

– Visit AJC.com for the latest on this developing story.

Smartphone navigation apps could be causing more traffic backups, research suggests

If you use a navigation app on your smartphone to get to work quickly, you may be surprised to learn that new research suggests those apps can make traffic worse.

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Residents of a popular Atlanta neighborhood told WSB-TV that they have seen more traffic as navigation apps have increased in popularity. 

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“It’s a very confusing neighborhood, a very tough place to drive,” said Bill Bolen, vice president of the Ansley Park Civic Association. “There’s this disconnect between common sense and the app that can lead to a bad outcome when you felt like you were going to get a good outcome.”

None of this is a surprise to Alexandre Bayen, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkley.

“What we see over the years is that, with the increased app usage, as more and more people use these apps, we see traffic jams appearing where there was no traffic before,” Bayen said.

Bayen’s team discovered that, when selfish navigation app routing sends drivers away from main throughways onto small surface streets, they can turn one bottleneck into several as drivers leave freeways for surface streets. 

>> On WSBTV.com: What does Atlanta's record population growth mean for traffic?

“The way a traffic app works is it routes you selfishly towards your destination as fast as possible, but it does not take into account the effect you have on the system,” Bayen said. 

Researchers said that more traffic on roads not built to support it and drivers making longer trips to save time can increase noise and carbon pollution, but there are ways to curb the congestion. 

“Alternating the urban infrastructure, such as adding stop signs, changing the mirroring lights, changing the signal timing plans for traffic lights-- all things jurisdictions can do very easily,” Bayen said. 

Georgia Department of Transportation traffic engineer Matthew Glasser said he’s already seen how retiming lights on state routes has affected navigation apps users and interstate congestion. Crowdsourced information from apps means they can anticipate traffic patterns in real time. 

>> On WSBTV.com: Atlanta traffic among worst in the world, study finds

“It’s been huge for us to have that communication going back and forth,” Glasser said. “Think of it like bypass surgery. Now that we have a blockage here, we can get around it.”

Bolen said his neighborhood has spent millions of its own dollars adding traffic circles and speed tables and narrowing streets.

“I’m sure it annoys some cut-through drivers but at the same time, it’s really increased the safety and lowered speed on our streets,” Bolen said.

Bayen and his policy researchers said traffic-calming measures, like those Ansley Park uses, are a practical solution. 

“Long-term, we see a lot of resistance happening already, by changing their own traffic patterns, making it harder to drive through their neighborhood,” Bayen said. 

Bolen agrees that navigation apps are not going anywhere, so finding solutions to negative impacts is key. 

“It’s not about keeping people from cutting through, just about insuring that everyone does it safely,” Bolen said.

Are household disinfectants making kids overweight? Study finds possible link

Obesity affects nearly 1 in 6 children in the United States, according to new data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s State of Obesity report. And new findings from the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveal there may be more contributing to that stat than overeating.

>> On AJC.com: Georgia adult, teen obesity rates among worst in America

Overweight children are approximately five times more likely to be obese or overweight as adults, increasing risk for chronic diseases and health issues like diabetes, hypertension and obesity-related cancers. While some people are more likely to be affected by obesity — older women, Hispanic men and black women — new research suggests postnatal exposure to certain household disinfectants may be linked to being overweight.

>> On AJC.com: One-third of all humans are now overweight — and American children are leading the way

The findings, published Monday in the CMAJ, involve data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development study, which began in 2009.

Researchers closely followed participants from mid-pregnancy into childhood and adolescence and examined fecal samples for infants at 3-4 months of age in addition to survey responses about their home and use of disinfectant products.

>> On AJC.com: 5 things moms can do to reduce child obesity risk, according to a new study

Of the 757 infants profiled, 80 percent came from households that used disinfectant products on a weekly basis, typically multi-surface cleaners. The emphasis on cleanliness, researchers said, has led to widening use of the products.

In the study, they noted an increase of a gut bacteria called Lachnospiraceae in infant stool with increased use of disinfectants or eco-friendly cleaners, but they found no similar association when washing detergents without the bacteria-killing ingredients were used.

>> On AJC.com: Obesity linked to 11 types of cancer as overweight population grows, study says 

It’s known “from animal studies that higher levels of Lachnospiraceaehave been associated with higher body fat and insulin resistance,” senior author Anita Kozyrskyj said in a podcast related to the research.

According to the findings, infants from households that used antimicrobial disinfectants weekly were twice as likely to have higher levels of Lachnospiraceae and then, after age 3, they were also more likely to have a higher body mass index than children from homes where disinfectants were not as frequently used.

In addition to higher levels of Lachnospiraceae, infants from frequent disinfectant use households had lowered abundance of Haemophilusand Clostridium bacteria, a combined profile similar to children with eczema.

>> On AJC.com: Study: Strain on parents’ time linked to childhood obesity

“Elevated fecal abundance of Lachnospiraceae (specifically Blautia) concurrent with lowered Haemophilus is also a signature of diabetes, as shown in a study on 11-year-old children,” researchers wrote.

“These results suggest that gut microbiota were the culprit in the association between disinfectant use and the overweight,” Kozyrskyj added in the podcast interview.

Gut microbiota, gut flora or gastrointestinal microbiota refers to the “complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

>> On AJC.com: Scientists discover surprisingly simple way to fight childhood obesity

“Indeed, concerns over the potential for antibacterial products to be too effective or even toxic has motivated use of “green” or eco-friendly alternatives,” researchers said. 

But though eco-friendly alternatives showed different microbiota and lower levels of the bacteria Enterobacteriaceae, plus lower rates of overweight children, study authors didn’t provide a link between the altered gut microbiota and reduced childhood obesity or overweight risk.

Due to the lack of convincing data, Kozyrskyj told CNN she’s not ready to recommend eco-friendly alternatives, but she has personally switched out popular disinfectants with DIY vinegar cleaning solutions.

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Kozyrskyj and her colleagues concluded that antibacterial cleaning products “have the capacity to change the environmental microbiome and alter risk for child overweight,” but further research into the mechanisms through which the products alter gut microbiota and the impact on metabolism is needed.

Read the full study at cmaj.ca.

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