Pregnant Texas woman claims off-duty sheriff’s deputy used stun gun on her in misunderstanding over gift card

Courtesy Ashley Brown(HOUSTON) — A Texas woman, who says she is more than eight months pregnant, says a sheriff’s deputy shot her twice in the back with a stun gun and arrested her on suspicion of shoplifting in an incident caught on cellphone video that she claims was a misunderstanding over a Christmas gift card.

Ashley Brown, 29, who says she is due to give birth to a girl on Feb. 3, told ABC News on Tuesday that she was shot with a Taser after she said police wrongly accused her of shoplifting clothing from a Houston store.

“She told me to put my hands behind my back, and I’m like, ‘What for?’ I told her I’m eight-and-a-half months pregnant. I said, ‘Ma’am, I’m not going to put my hands behind my back, but I will walk back in the store with you.’ That’s when she started getting aggressive with me,” Brown said of the female Harris County sheriff’s deputy who deployed the stun gun on her.

But in a statement to ABC News, Harris County sheriff’s officials told ABC News that the deputy deployed her stun gun only after Brown resisted arrest and struck the deputy with her purse. The statement also says Brown was found to be in possession of $69.98 worth of stolen clothes.

“As with all use-of-force incidents, this case will be reviewed to determine whether the deputy followed the appropriate policies and procedures,” the statement reads.

The incident occurred Friday morning outside an Academy story in northwest Houston and part of it was witnessed and captured on cellphone video by Brown’s aunt, Kizzy Winfrey.

“It wasn’t right. They shouldn’t have treated her that way,” Winfrey told ABC News on Thursday.

Brown said she went to the store to redeem what was left on a gift card she received for Christmas.

She said she initially set off an alarm when she tried to leave the store but went back in the store to shop.

“It [the alarm] had gone off on a man before and then it went off on me,” Brown said.

Brown said she picked out a shirt for her son and stretch pants for herself, but when she presented her gift card to a cashier there was only enough on it to pay for the shirt.

She said she left the pants at the counter and walked out with the shirt after paying for it with the card.

But when she got outside, a sheriff’s deputy was waiting for her and ordered her to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed, she said.

Brown said she refused to comply with the orders, but volunteered to go back into the store to clear up the situation. That’s when she claims the deputy grabbed her by the arm and attempted to handcuff her. She denied hitting the deputy with her purse but said she drew her arm back when the deputy grabbed her.

“She tasered me and I fell face first on the ground. I hit my head on the ground,” Brown said.

Brown said that while she was on the ground, the deputy deployed the stun gun again to her back. She said another deputy who responded jumped out of his patrol car, put his hand on her back and “slammed my face into the ground.”

Following the encounter, she was taken to a hospital for an examination.

“It took them like 20 minutes to find my baby’s heartbeat,” Brown said. “By this time, I’m hysterical because I don’t know what’s going on.”

She said doctors were able to determine that the baby she is carrying was fine, and released her to sheriff’s deputies, who arrested her on suspicion of theft and resisting arrest.

In the statement to ABC News, Harris County Sheriff’s officials said the deputy involved in the encounter deployed her Taser only after Brown assaulted her. The deputy was off-duty at the time but working security at the Academy store, according to the statement.

“The deputy and the store manager approached the female suspect after she exited the store, and the deputy instructed the woman to come back inside the store,” the statement from the sheriff’s office reads. “According to the deputy, the suspect refused to comply and attempted to leave. The suspect physically resisted the deputy, striking her in the head with a purse and pulling away from her grasp.

“After efforts to physically restrain the suspect were unsuccessful, the deputy deployed her Taser, which allowed the deputy to gain control of the suspect.”

Brown admitted to ABC News that she has been arrested for theft in the past, including a case in December at a Target store in Houston.

“I have stuff on my background, yes I do,” said Brown, who works at a McDonald’s restaurant in Houston. “I’m not ashamed of what I used to do. I’ve done served time. But that doesn’t give you the right to tase me.”

Brown said she has a court hearing on the theft charge she is facing on Feb. 6.

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Kentucky teacher caught on video dragging student with autism down hallway

surpasspro/iStock(WURTLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky teacher is facing criminal charges after a video was revealed showing the teacher dragging a student diagnosed with autism down the school hallway.

The incident occurred Oct. 24 at Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County, and the video was posted on Facebook by the child’s mother, Angel Nelson.

In the video, a woman police identified as Trina Abrams can be seen dragging 9-year-old Alan Jackson out of a classroom next to where children were lined up against a wall and pulling the student by his wrists down the hallway. At one point, Abrams can be seen stopping and attempting to pull Alan to his feet before continuing to drag him while he is on his knees into another classroom.

Angel Nelson told ABC News that Alan had been diagnosed with autism, depression, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD, and Abrams was his resource teacher. Nelson said the other children were taken out of the classroom when her son was having an outburst and Abrams had allegedly grabbed her son’s wrists, twisted them and pulled him out of his chair before dragging him down the hallway.

“It broke my heart when I saw the video and I saw all of his new classmates and his friends along the wall watching him being dragged down the hallway,” Angel Nelson said in an interview with ABC affiliate WCHS-TV.

Nelson told ABC News that she took her son out of school for a few days following the incident before ultimately transferring him to another school. She said her son’s wrist was sprained after he was dragged and that he was still emotionally traumatized.

The Greenup County School District said in a statement that after the incident, “the parent was contacted immediately and the student was assessed by the school nurse and referred for outside medical evaluation.” The district also confirmed in the statement that Abrams had been removed when the investigation began, and that Child Protective Services and the Kentucky Education Standards Board had both been contacted.

David Boarman with Kentucky State Police Post 14 told ABC News that Abrams had been charged with assault in the 4th degree, victim under 12-years-old, and was given a citation to appear in court. Boarman confirmed Abrams had been fired by the school, and was due in court Wednesday morning.

Abrams did not return ABC News’ request for comment. She has not yet appeared in court for this incident.

Nelson told ABC News she wanted more cameras in schools, noting that the camera in the room where Alan was ultimately taken was facing a wall and did not show what happened in that room. She also said she wanted more training for teachers who work with children with disabilities, as well as those who do not.

Angel and Alan’s stepfather, Calep, also encouraged parents to look out for their children.

“As to parents, all I can say is if something like this ever happens, be vigilant, and don’t stop until you get answers. That’s what we’re trying to do,” Calep told WCHS-TV.

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From ‘Game of Thrones’ to UFOs: Aidan Gillen takes on new role in History’s ‘Project Blue Book’

Entertainment News  From 'Game of Thrones' to UFOs: Aidan Gillen takes on new role in History’s 'Project Blue Book'


Ed Araquel/History(NEW YORK) — You may know him best for playing Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish for seven seasons on Game of Thrones, but now Aidan Gillen is heading into alien territory.

In History’s Project Blue Book, which debuts tonight, the Irish actor stars as Dr. Josef Allen Hynek, a real-life professor who was recruited by the Air Force to help explain UFO sightings in the 1950s and 60s. Gillen was immediately interested in the subject matter, which is based on true events.

“You know, from an early age I’ve wondered about what’s out there,” he tells ABC Radio. “I’ve never assumed we are alone in the universe for a second.”

Gillen says that when tackling this role, he spent many nights doing “highly enjoyable rabbit-hole research.” One of the first things he did was re-watch Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, based on Dr. Hynek’s book, Close Encounters. Hynek was a consultant on the film and even had a cameo in it.

“To get to play the guy who wrote the books that inspired Spielberg to make the film is pretty amazing,” Gillen says.

Also pretty amazing: Project Blue Book’s recent unplanned marketing tie-in.  A fire at a ConEd electrical plant in New York City last month turned the sky a pulsating electric blue, which looked eerily similar to the image on the Project Blue Book posters.

“Somebody sent me the picture and…they also sent me pictures of some billboards in Los Angeles for Project Blue Book and I thought I was looking at the same thing, honestly,” Gillen says. “Um, so nice timing!

Project Blue Book airs tonight on History at 10 p.m. ET. 

Gillen can also be seen in the Golden Globe-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody.  He plays Queen’s manager, John Reid.

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A movie about Brexit hits screens as the stage is set for final debate in real life

WORLD NEWS A movie about Brexit hits screens as the stage is set for final debate in real life

TheaDesign/iStock(LONDON) — Brexit got the Hollywood treatment for U.K. viewers on Monday night. With the final round of debates set to begin in Parliament on Theresa May’s deal on Wednesday, watching “Brexit: Uncivil War” must have felt like “Groundhog Day.”

“Brexit: Uncivil War” features actors playing the real-life figures behind the vote, as the country once again relived the most divisive political campaign in recent British history.

The U.K. Parliament was expected to vote on the Prime Minister May’s Brexit deal in December, but she delayed the vote, which is now scheduled for Jan. 15. Starting Wednesday, another week of debating on the key issues of the deal will take place in Parliament. If May loses, the U.K. could leave the European Union without a deal.

The timing was almost too perfect for “Brexit: Uncivil War,” which stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Written for Channel 4 by British playwright James Graham, the movie was based on extensive research and interviews with key players on both sides of the political landscape.

It follows the story of the 2016 referendum, with the inside story of the officially designated Brexit campaigners, Vote Leave, leading the charge against the government-led campaign to stay in the European Union, Britain Stronger in Europe. On June 23, 2016, Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum. Leave secured 17,410,742 votes (51.89 percent), to Remain’s 16,141,241 (48.11 percent).

With the country in such a sensitive political moment, Graham recognized a need to approach the subject matter “responsibly” and “mindfully.”

“I’m a big believer in the power of drama and storytelling and its capacity to help us reflect on difficult things,” he told ABC News. “There’s nothing more complicated and divisive and difficult to have a rational response to than Brexit. We were determined to be as even handed as possible and speak to all sides.”

Cumberbatch leads the charge in the Uncivil War as Dominic Cummings, the little-known political strategist and anti-establishment figure who led the official Vote Leave campaign to victory with his powerful slogan: “Take Back Control.” Since winning the vote, Cummings has since largely retreated from public life.

Graham is adamant that Brexit is part of a part of a “global” story.

“The conditions that created Brexit are not unique to the U.K. -– something is happening across western liberal democracies,” Graham said. “And it started way before the 2016 vote for Brexit or November that same year for [Donald] Trump, people just hadn’t identified this anti-establishment, populist feeling. When you combine that with the new


platforms, the new technology which can exacerbate and spread some of those feelings and give voice to them, it gives an unpredictability and a shock factor to politics in America as well. You might argue that this is an origin story to Trump.”

Indeed, the film also features some interesting characters from North America. Billionaire financier and Breitbart backer Robert Mercer, Aden Gillett, makes an appearance, highlighting his alleged role in providing key data analytics services for the Leave campaign. Zack Masingham, the Canadian founder of data technology company Aggregate IQ, portrayed by Kyle Soller, plays an important role by reportedly enabling the Vote Leave campaign to target voters through social media.

Donald Trump’s former campaign strategist, Steve Bannon, is also briefly a character in the movie.

On Britain’s current predicament, Graham is sanguine.

“We are tearing chunks out of each other,” he said. “We somehow need to learn to listen and not to enter into these debates in such bad faith.”

The drama serves as a reminder of the sometimes toxic atmosphere of the referendum. The horrific murder of Remain-campaigning Member of Parliament Jo Cox a week before the referendum features heavily in the movie. She was killed by Thomas Muir, who was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The sentencing judge said the “murder was done for the purpose of advancing a political, racial and ideological cause namely that of violent white supremacism and exclusive nationalism most associated with Nazism and its modern forms.”

The main takeaway from “Brexit: Uncivil War” is that Brexit was about far more than just leaving the European Union. And with the final chapter of the Brexit debate set to begin on Wednesday, the world is getting ever closer to seeing how the real-life drama is going to end.

“Brexit: Uncivil War” will air in the U.S. on HBO on 19th January.

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Cancer death rates have declined sharply over the past 25 years: Study

Jakub Rupa/iStockBY: DR. SAUMYA DAVE

(NEW YORK) — A new study which compiled information from multiple databases has determined that cancer death rates have dropped 27 percent since 1991, according to the peer-reviewed medical journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The study reviewed a spectrum of available data — on cancer incidence in men and women, cancer survival, cancer disparities by socioeconomic status, cancer disparities by race/ethnicity, differences in cancer occurrence by state, and cancer in children and adolescents.

The data collected from the past ten years indicates that the cancer incidence rate has been stable in women and has decreased annually in men.

Although the racial gap in cancer mortality is getting smaller, there are still differences in cancer occurrence and outcomes between different racial and ethnic groups.

Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rate of cancer occurrence and death from cancer, while Asian/Pacific Islanders have the lowest.

Combining men and women combined, the differences in deaths from cancer between black and white people has declined from 33 percent to 14 percent, according to the study, which attributes the drop to a significant decrease in cigarette smokers.

Cancers that are considered preventable — or able to be prevented, screened, or treated at an early stage — had the biggest differences in variation among socioeconomic groups. In the poorest counties across the nation, death rates were twice as high for cervical cancer and 40 percent higher for male lung and liver cancer, when compared to wealthier counties.

Cancers that were not easy to screen or treat were prevalent at similar rates regardless of socioeconomic status.

The largest geographic variation in cancer occurrence by far is for lung cancer, which is attributed to differences from state to state in the number of cigarette smokers.

Overall, lifestyle changes — including the decrease in smoking, in addition to early detection — are attributed to the lower rates of the four major cancers: lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal.

For children, the cancer incidence rates have been rising while the cancer death rates have been declining.

Saumya Dave is a resident physician in psychiatry in New York City and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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The tale of the two Reginas: Regina Hall says there are “perks” to being mistaken for Regina King

Entertainment News  The tale of the two Reginas: Regina Hall says there are "perks" to being mistaken for Regina King


Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — At the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night, Regina King and Regina Hall both took home big awards. Hall won the Best Actress honor for her role in Support the Girls, while King received the Best Supporting Actress for role in If Beale Street Could Talk. 

While both talented actresses went home award winners last night, Hall joked that the biggest win for her lately has actually been receiving some of the free stuff meant for King — because people often get them mixed up.

“I hope she wins [more awards], because people get us confused and I get all the perks,” Hall said at Monday’s event, according to People.

“Seriously, they’re like ‘Here’s a gift certificate for Regina King, for $5,000 for Barney’s’ and I’m just like, ‘I’m her!’ They’re like, ‘We love you Ms. King!’ I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ “

She continued, “So let’s hope she wins that Oscar ’cause God knows what I’ll get … I’ll get a car! So congratulations to her for being phenomenal.”

Hall’s wish may come true. King has already received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in Beale Street, so an Oscar nod, or even a win, is possible.

Oscar nominations come out January 22. The 91st Academy Awards will air live on February 24 on ABC.

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Who is Paul Whelan, the US man arrested in Russia on spying charges?

WORLD NEWS Who is Paul Whelan, the US man arrested in Russia on spying charges?

Family handout(MOSCOW) — Of the many questions around Paul Whelan, the former United States Marine arrested in Russia on spying charges, one puzzling aspect is his use of Russian social media.

Whelan had a long-standing enthusiasm for Russia, traveling there previously at least twice, according to his twin brother, and talking online about his efforts to learn Russian. For a decade, Whelan also maintained an account on the Russian social media site VKontakte, using it to reach out to ordinary Russians he often didn’t know to try and befriend them. Those he contacted were surprised by it, saying they couldn’t understand why he had written to them.

“He didn’t want to know anything specific,” Alexander Buzov told ABC News, saying Whelan had never explained why he had added him on Vkontakte roughly 9 years ago. “He just started the dialogue with ‘Hello! How are you?'”

Of the several friends on Whelan’s VKontakte account reached by ABC News, all of them said he had contacted them out of the blue. Whelan, they said, had simply struck up conversation, making small talk about their travels and sending greetings on Russian holidays.

“We didn’t know each other. About a year ago he simply sent a request,” Pavel Laponov, a former soldier in Bryansk said by telephone, adding he had found it “very strange.”

Whelan’s account has lost around 10 friends since his arrest was announced. The 55 remaining contacts are almost exclusively young men (there appears to be only 3 women) and the majority appear to have some kind of connection to the military posted on their page.

All of Whelan’s contacts who spoke to ABC News said they had been very surprised to hear of Whelan’s arrest, saying he had seemed simply an unusually friendly foreigner who was interested in chatting with Russians and that he had never sought any sort of significant information from them. He had written in English and Russian that contained mistakes, with one contact saying they thought he was using an online translator.

Whelan’s outreach adds to the curious portrait that has been built up of him so far.

Currently director of global security for the large American car parts supplier, BorgWarner, Whelan had been discharged from the Marines in 2008 for bad conduct, after being found guilty of stealing $10,000 while on a tour of duty in Iraq. In the mid-1990s he had served as a part-time police officer in Chelsea, Michigan.

Born in Canada to British parents with Irish descent, Whelan later re-settled in Michigan, according to his twin brother. That family history gave him the three other citizenships that he was unexpectedly revealed to possess last week, when it was found Britain, Ireland and Canada were all also seeking to provide consular assistance to Whelan, in addition to the U.S.

Now 48, Whelan’s interest in Russia appears to date from well before this most recent trip to Moscow, which his family have said was to attend a wedding of an old friend in the Marine Corps to a Russian woman.

Whelan’s first trip to Russia was as early as 2006, a vacation he described in an interview to a Marine publication. On a now defunct personal site, he described meeting some Russians and taking excursions around the country.

“Having grown up during the Cold War, it was a dream of mine to visit Russia and meet some of the sneaky Russians who had kept the western world at bay for so long,” Whelan wrote on the site.

Those Russians he befriended online said he had never said much beyond generalities. Buzov said Whelan had talked about the weather, trips and his service in Iraq, but nothing substantial.

Whelan, Buzov said, had asked him to meet once on a visit to Moscow but he had “politely refused because I didn’t understand his motivation.”

“I thought that he was a fan of military issues and a very sociable person,” Buzov said. “At his age, what else does he have left to do except chat with different people on social media.”

Laponov, the former soldier, said Whelan had only asked him about countries he had posted holiday photos from.

“He wrote, ‘Oh, those are very good countries,’ something like that. He just sent a few ratings about them, but I didn’t answer because, well, he’s an unknown person to me,” Laponov said.

Whelan’s social media has attracted interest in part because of unverified reports last week on a Russian news site. Russia has still not provided any information on what Whelan is accused of, but the only allegations to have emerged publicly so far appeared have appeared on the site, Rosbalt, which is known to have ties to the security services.

Rosbalt cited an anonymous security services source, who said Whelan was arrested after receiving a memory card with a classified list of Russian operatives.

Rosbalt also claimed authorities accused Whelan of trying to recruit Russians as intelligence sources using internet forums. The site asserted Whelan had spent 10 years trying to befriend Russians online who were likely to have access to classified materials and then, after years of internet chat, meeting them in Russia to try to cultivate them over drinks.

The Rosbalt reports have not been confirmed or verified in anyway and former U.S. intelligence officers have expressed skepticism, suggesting instead that they are fabricated to frame Whelan.

“This has all the hallmarks of a Russian KGB-style setup,” Dan Hoffman, a former CIA agent who served as a station chief in Moscow, told NPR on Friday. The allegations may have been tailored from Whelan’s social media profile, and Hoffman suggested, the FSB had likely been tracking him for years.

In any case, former U.S. intelligence officials have said Whelan’s court martial would almost certainly have excluded him from being selected as a U.S. operative. They also noted that the CIA rarely sent agents into Russia without diplomatic cover because the risks of arrest were too high.

“If he was involved in anything related to intelligence, it was a massive uncoordinated screw up,” John Sipher, who used to run the CIA’s Russia operations, told ABC News last week.

Some former U.S. officials have suggested Whelan’s arrest could be retaliation for Maria Butina, the Russian gun rights activist who pleaded guilty last month to trying to infiltrate American conservative political circles as an illegal foreign agent.

One explanation why Whelan reached out to Russians with military connections is that they shared his background. Most of Whelan’s social media friends also appeared to have already graduated from military academies and some now had civilian jobs. Military service also is compulsory in Russia and studying at a military academy doesn’t guarantee a career in the armed forces.

All of those reached by ABC News said Whelan, in any case, had never asked them about their military service.

Laponov, who said he left the military in 2012, suggested Whelan might have added him because he had visited the U.S.

Laponov would not give details of his military experience, but in photos dated from 2012 on his social media account in which he appears in uniform with an assault rifle, Laponov identified himself as a member of Russia’s chemical and biological protection troops.

The other Whelan contact, Buzov, said he was a civilian but refused to give more details, saying that he worked in housing utilities. His social media photos, however, include one from several years ago in which he is wearing a military cadet’s uniform.

Some of Whelan’s other social media friends contacted by ABC News declined to comment. One account, for Vasily Razumovsky, showed many photos of a man in combat gear and a post linking to an elite paratrooper school in Ryazan. Two days after ABC News wrote to Razymovsky’s account, it transformed into one for a woman called Tamara Matveeva, wearing a negligee, and accompanied by other nude photos and the relationship status “actively searching”. The many military-themed posts from before the change though remained on the page.

Whelan’s twin brother, David, has said his brother always sought to make friends in foreign countries when he was traveling and as an avid tourist had made many friends over the years.

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Flights start taking off again at London’s Heathrow Airport after drone sighting

WORLD NEWS Flights start taking off again at London's Heathrow Airport after drone sighting

Franckreporter/iStock(LONDON) — Departures from London’s Heathrow Airport, the UK’s busiest hub, were briefly suspended today after a drone was sighted there, according to airport officials.

A spokesperson from the airport confirmed that a drone was sighted near or within the airport, prompting the precautionary suspension of departure flights, but less than an hour later, the airport press office confirmed that flights had resumed.

“We are currently responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety,” the airport’s press office said in the initial statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.”

The press office’s later statement noted that they “continue to work closely with the Met Police to respond to reports of drones at Heathrow” and will “continue to monitor this situation.”

No further details about the ongoing situation have been released.

This incident comes after operations at Gatwick Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Heathrow, were brought to a screeching halt amid the busy Christmas travel season because of drone sightings there.

Gatwick closed on the evening of Dec. 19 and for much of the day on both Dec. 20 and 21.

Gatwick is the country’s second busiest airport, after Heathrow, according to 2017 data from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority.

British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement that they were prepared to respond with the same approach if need be.

“We are in contact with @HeathrowAirport concerning the drone sighting. I have already spoken to both the Home Secretary and Defence Secretary and the military are preparing to deploy the equipment used at Gatwick at Heathrow quickly should it prove necessary,” Grayling said in a statement tweeted by the Department of Transportation.

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Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuaron among nominees for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards

Entertainment News  Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuaron among nominees for the 2018 Directors Guild Awards


Peter Lindbergh(HOLLYWOOD) — On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America nominated five filmmakers for the DGA’s 2018’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.

Among the nominees: Bradley Cooper, hailed for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam McKay for Vice, Alfonso Cuaron for Roma and Peter Farrelly for Green Book

In a statement, DGA President Thomas Schlamme said, “In bringing all elements of the film-making process together, each of these directors has demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

In addition, Cooper was nominated in the “Outstanding Achievement by a First Time Director” category, along with Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You, Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade, Matthew Heineman for A Private War and Carlos Lopez Estrada for Blindspotting.

The DGA Award has historically been a good predictor of the Best Director Oscar.  The DGA winner went on to take home the Academy Award 80% of the time, according to Variety.

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Flights out of London’s Heathrow Airport suspended after drone sighting

WORLD NEWS Flights out of London's Heathrow Airport suspended after drone sighting

Franckreporter/iStock(LONDON) — Departures from London’s Heathrow Airport, the UK’s busiest hub, were suspended today after a drone was sighted there, according to airport officials.

A spokesperson from the airport confirmed that a drone was sighted near or within the airport, prompting the precautionary suspension of departure flights.

No further details about the ongoing situation have been released.

This incident comes after operations at Gatwick Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Heathrow, were brought to a screeching halt amid the busy Christmas travel season because of drone sightings there.

Gatwick closed on the evening of Dec. 19 and for much of the day on both Dec. 20 and 21.

Gatwick is the country’s second busiest airport, after Heathrow, according to the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority.

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