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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.

>> Watch the news report here

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.

UPS hiring 100,000 workers for holiday shipping season

UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season.

The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019.

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The full-time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry point for a full-time job at the shipping giant.

Many UPS executives, including CEO David Abney, started out as part-time workers, and the company says about 35 percent of the people hired as seasonal package handlers get permanent positions after the holidays.

Those interested can apply at UPSjobs.com.

Massachusetts highest court rules convicted child rapist Richard Gardner cannot be held in jail

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled child rapist Richard Gardner cannot be held in jail because the District Attorney's Office in Massachusetts did not have jurisdiction of the out-of-state prisoner.

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Richard Gardner served nearly 30 years in Massachusetts and Rhode Island prisons for kidnapping and raping children back in the 80s. He returned to his parent's home in Weymouth when he was released two years ago. The neighborhood was outraged.

"My daughter, who was 10 at the time, she didn't feel safe in her own home. I didn't feel safe in my own home," said Kathleen Fay. 

Two years ago, the Plymouth County DA's Office said they dropped the ball when they did not ask a judge to civilly commit Gardner as a sexually dangerous person. Gardner ended up going back to jail days after his release on a Rhode Island probation violation. That's when the Plymouth DA tried to ask for a civil commitment. 

Fay, who is also a criminal defense attorney, knew that request would not stick.

"As much as I don't want him to be out, it is a violation of due process. He was physically in Massachusetts but he was in the custody of Rhode Island," said Fay.

The SJC has now ruled that Plymouth County should have requested the civil commitment two years ago when Gardner was originally released, not on the Rhode Island probation violation.

Gardner is now expected to be released. 

The Plymouth DA told WFXT:

"We respect but are deeply disappointed by the court's decision. We have referred the court's decision to the Attorney General's Office for their determination in asking the United States Supreme Court to accept the case for further appellate review." 

Since Gardner is technically a Rhode Island prisoner official say he would register as a sex offender under their laws.

Massachusetts officials say he would be allowed to visit family in Weymouth. 

"He is going to be under the radar so there is no way of us knowing so we have to be on high alert at all times for our children," said Fay.

Massachusetts did say if Gardner lives here on a part-time basis with his family he would have to register as a sex offender with his address. 

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa first paying passenger on SpaceX 2023 moon flight

It’s been 50 years since Apollo 8 left low Earth orbit on a trajectory for the moon, becoming the first manned mission to orbit the moon and return safely home. NASA’s moon mission program ended in 1972, effectively ending human exploration of Earth’s nearest neighbor … until now.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced a plan for a new commercial space flight around the moon several years ago and Monday, in Hawthorne, California, Musk announced his first paying passenger on a planned 2023 flight around the moon.

Japanese entrepreneur, billionaire and globally renowned art collector Yusaku Maezawa is that passenger.

Yusaku, one of the richest people in Japan, said he’s been obsessed with going to the moon for as long as he can remember.

“Ever since I was a kid, I loved the moon,” he said.

“Throughout the ages the moon has fulfilled our imagination.”

Yasaku’s down payment for the flight is helping with the development of the flight system and booster, Musk said, although neither Musk nor Yasaku will reveal how much the billionaire art lover is paying for the flight.

“He is the, I think, bravest person and most willing to do so and he was the best adventurer, I think. He stepped forward to do it,” Musk said in complimenting the Japanese entrepreneur.

“He’s ultimately paying for the average person to be able to go.”

Musk admitted that SpaceX may not be able to meet the 2023 deadline for a passenger flight around the moon.

“This is a dangerous mission. It’s definitely dangerous,” he said.

>> Related: NASA selects crews for first commercial test flights, missions on Space X Dragon, Boeing Starliner

Musk said many test flights are planned ahead of the scheduled launch in 2023.

“First orbital flight in two to three years. We’ll do many such test flights before putting any people onboard.” He also said a test flight around the moon would probably be needed before the actual flights with humans aboard.

Yasaku said he will take eight other people along with him on the flight, eight artists. He said he wants to invite renowned artists who can understand the beauty of what they’ll see on the trip, but he said has not yet chosen them or extended any invitations.

 

Ed Sheeran brings smiles to Boston Children's with special visit

Over the weekend, children at Boston Children's Hospital were all smiles when Ed Sheeran stopped by for a visit.

The award-winning singer and songwriter made a special visit where he answered questions, posed for selfies and entertained patients.

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Sheeran even sang his hit song "Perfect" to young boys and girls and staff members.

In a Facebook post, the hospital thanked Sheeran for "helping to bring smiles to the faces of our patients, families and staff," adding that they hoped to see him again soon.

Sheeran visited the hospital after his back-to-back performances at Gillette Stadium this weekend.

2018 Emmys: Winners' list

The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are Monday in Los Angeles. Streaming giant Netflix is leading nominations across all categories, at 112 total, but HBO is close behind with 108. The two competed neck and neck most of the night for most wins, but it was HBO that edged out Netflix, with 23 wins to Netflix’s 22.

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History had been made before the prime time broadcast, as John Legend is the youngest-ever and first African-American man to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

A partial list of winners of the biggest categories at the 2018 Emmys are below:

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)Bill Hader (“Barry”)Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)William H. Macy (“Shameless”)Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)Allison Janney (“Mom”)Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)Ed Harris (“Westworld”)Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)Keri Russell (“The Americans”)Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”“American Ninja Warrior”“Project Runway”“RuPaul’s Drag Race”“Top Chef”“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)“Portlandia” (IFC)“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”“Jimmy Kimmel Live”“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Limited Series

“The Alienist”“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”“Genius: Picasso”“Godless”“Patrick Melrose”

Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)“Barry” (HBO)“Black-ish” (ABC)“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)“GLOW” (Netflix)“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)“Silicon Valley” (HBO)“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Game of Thrones”“This Is Us”“The Crown”“The Americans”“Stranger Things”“Westworld”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Television Movie

“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)“Flint” (Lifetime)“Paterno” (HBO)“The Tale” (HBO)“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)“Queer Eye” (Netflix)“Shark Tank” (ABC)“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)“Intervention” (A&E)“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)John Leguizamo (“Waco”)Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)Merritt Wever (“Godless”)Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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Delta pilot accused of lying about mental health issues to keep flying

A Delta Air Lines pilot from Fayette County has been indicted on charges he misled government officials about his mental health so he could keep flying.

Adam Asleson, 39, of Peachtree City, is accused of falsifying Federal Aviation Administration medical records required to obtain airman medical certificates, which are critical to determining a pilot’s fitness to fly aircraft.

The FAA alleges that Asleson, who joined Delta in 2017, according to his Facebook page, omitted that he had sought help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for what the indictment described as a “major depressive disorder.” Instead, Asleson, who had been a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, is said to have told the agency he received the VA disability benefits for knee strain and tinnitus.

Asleson’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Delta said in a statement that Asleson is no longer actively flying for the carrier.

“Delta pilots are held to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity,” spokeswoman Catherine Simmons said. “Once made aware of the situation, we opened an internal investigation and are working cooperatively with the authorities.”

The indictment came as the FAA has begun to compare VA records with pilot information to avoid the possibility of having someone at the controls who has had mental health issues. The downing of Germanwings Flight 9525 in 2015 put a spotlight on mental health after the plane’s co-pilot, who had been treated for suicidal tendencies and had been ruled unfit to work but kept the diagnosis secret, intentionally crashed a plane into a mountainside in the Alps.

Asleson is one of four airline pilots from across the nation indicted in August in U.S. District Court in for the Northern District of California for making false statements to the FAA in their medical certificates paperwork.

The four men, who are receiving disability benefits from the VA for mental health issues, are accused of neglecting to disclose information that would have disqualified them from operating aircraft.

Asleson was arrested Aug. 28 and released on a $10,000 bond, according to records.

The indictment did not name the disorder from which Asleson allegedly suffers.

Asleson is set for a first appearance in the District Court in San Francisco on Oct. 3. If he convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Staff writer Kelly Yamanouchi contributed to this story.

2 women caught selling edible marijuana-infused food at church event

Two women were arrested after allegedly selling edible marijuana food items at a church event in Savannah, Georgia.

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Undercover agents from the Savannah-Chatham Counter Narcotics Team on Friday bought marijuana/THC edibles during an event for local entrepreneurs at the church, according to the agency’s post on Facebook.

Ebony Cooper, 28, of Savannah, was openly selling the edibles as well as other items, according to agents who bought several edibles and kept Cooper under surveillance.

Agents followed Cooper and 26-year-old Leah Pressley of Savannah to a location away from the church, according to the report.

They said their search of Pressley’s vehicle turned up a large amount of edibles, more than $1,000 in cash and a loaded gun, which agents believed Cooper had on her while selling the items on church property.

Cooper and Pressley are facing felony drug charges and are in the Chatham County Detention Center. Agents don’t think Pressley took part in the edible sales on the church property.

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The event was hosted by an outside vendor, and the church wasn’t aware of any illegal activities occurring on its property, according to investigators.

Cooper was actively advertising her edibles on various social media sites, agents said.

Emmys 2018: Oscars director Glenn Weiss proposes to girlfriend on stage

Glenn Weiss won an Emmy for Best Directing for a Variety Special Monday, but he made a bigger impression when he proposed to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen.

After making his way onstage and holding the statue for his work on the Oscars, Weiss proposed to Svendsen, who was seated in the audience.

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By the looks of her reaction, the romantic moment was anything but scripted.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weiss spoke about his mother, who he said died two weeks ago, in his acceptance speech before proposing to his partner with his mother’s engagement ring.

“Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend, Jan. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and mom was right, ‘Don’t ever let go of your sunshine.’ You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend Because I want to call you my wife,” Weiss said.

The audience erupted in shock and surprise. Cameras captured stars -- from Leslie Jones to Sterling K. Brown, who presented the award, standing up to applaud the moment as Svendsen walked toward the stage.

“This is the ring my dad put on my mom’s finger 65 -- 67 years ago,” he said before joking, “And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it! Dad knows I have it.”

After placing the ring on Svendsen’s finger, Weiss got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?”

She said yes.

Watch the proposal below.

Residents forced to evacuate after dam breaks in North Carolina in wake of Hurricane Florence

A dam burst in Anson County, North Carolina, Monday in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the torrential rains the storm dumped on the state for days.

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It happened in Lilesville and luckily it was not as a serious as it might have been.

The Anson County Sheriff’s Office ordered several homes evacuated as they assessed the possible damages and whether a continuing threat existed.

Emergency management officials said they think the houses are safe, but they still evacuated about 12 homes.

Evacuees were sent to the Lilesville Fire Department.

The dam is not the Blewett Falls Dam, officials said. It’s part of a sand and gravel company -- BV Hedrick Dam.

This dam break will most likely breach another one of the company’s dams, officials said.

Dam inspectors with DEQ are on site even though it’s not a regulated dam. 

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Officials are reporting the death toll from Hurricane Florence has increased to 31, with 24 victims in North Carolina.

2018 Emmys: 'Blackish' actor Jenifer Lewis wears Nike in support of Kaepernick

Comedian and actress Jenifer Lewis made a political and fashion statement at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmys red carpet Monday.

Wearing a custom red and black Nike sweatshirt accented with a silver sparkling swoosh, Nike leggings and sneakers, Lewis thought of the idea while swimming earlier in the week.

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“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis told Variety on the red carpet.

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Explaining more of her reasoning, Lewis said, “What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America to stand up also. 

“These are not dark times,” she said. “These are awakening times and we all have to wake up!”

Lewis then expressed gratitude to Kaepernick.

“Thank you, Colin. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being courageous. Thank you for taking a knee. Thank you.”

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Kaepernick is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” campaign. A free agent in the NFL, the athlete drew national attention when he began sitting, then kneeling during the national anthem at football games. The demonstration was in protest of police brutality and racism in America.

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