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‘Transformers’ star Josh Duhamel to be paid $175G as the face of North Dakota after contract extension

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North Dakota will again enlist the help of Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel to help promote tourism in his home state.

North Dakota’s tourism department confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that the star of several “Transformers” movies will be paid $175,000 to be the face of the state’s tourism campaign for the next two years. The state has had a contract with Duhamel since 2013 to help lure visitors to North Dakota.

The contract extension that expires on Dec. 31, 2021, brings to more than $1 million Duhamel has received from the state.

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Duhamel is from Minot, a city in the northern part of the state that’s about an hour’s drive from the United States border with Canada.

The advertising campaign featuring Duhamel is a continuation of the North Dakota Legendary brand that was established in 2002 to help create more awareness of the state.

Although North Dakota is one of the least-visited states in the U.S., tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, behind energy and agriculture. The biggest draw is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota’s badlands.

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State Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman is scheduled to unveil the new two-year advertising campaign next week, said Heather LeMoine, the agency’s marketing manager.

The previous $2.9 million campaign featured Duhamel doing everything from fishing and biking to attending college football and hockey games. Some also include his 6-year-old son Axl, whose mother is Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie. The campaign included TV and print ads, as well as travel and hunting guides.

Duhamel “has spotlighted the state that not many people know about,” LeMoine said. “It has definitely paid off.”

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Ads featuring the 47-year-old actor have mostly appeared in the neighboring states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the nearby Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, LeMoine said.

“We don’t have the money to do a national campaign,” LeMoine said.

North Dakota had 22.6 million visitors in 2018, up more than 5% from the previous year, agency data show. Visitor spending totaled $3 billion that included $300 million in state and local taxes, the agency said.

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LeMoine said the advertising campaign featuring Duhamel has resulted in more than $100 for every dollar in state funding spent.

The tourism industry provides about 42,000 jobs in the state, LeMoine said.

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Connecticut driver livestreamed himself going 102 mph and crashing, police say

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Connecticut driver livestreamed himself recklessly speeding more than 100 mph and crashing his vehicle on an exit ramp, State Police said.

They posted the daredevil’s video on Facebook, writing, “Sometimes a Trooper’s accident report writes itself.”

“The operator of this vehicle was kind enough to publicly livestream himself traveling over the Gold Star Memorial Bridge while driving at reckless speeds prior to being involved in an accident,” police said Sunday. “Speeding and live streaming is not only dangerous, it is illegal.”

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Police said the driver avoided serious injury because he was smart enough to be wearing a seatbelt.

Local newspapers identified the operator of the crashed vehicle as Kenneth Hofler, 23, of Middletown.

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According to the reports, Hofler crashed in Groton — about 50 miles southeast of Hartford — Saturday morning as he was driving a Nissan Versa.

A trooper clocked Hofler going 102 mph on the bridge just before the crash, the Hartford Courant reported. It added that the trooper gave chase and by the time he caught up, Hofler had crashed, taking down about 40 feet of guardrail, and rolled the car.

The trooper then took Hofler into custody after he climbed out of the wreckage.

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He was charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, driving an uninsured car, making an improper turn and possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, the Courant reported.

The case is not listed in court records, and it’s unclear if he had an attorney to speak for him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Warns Iran as Risk of Wider Armed Conflict Grows

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump toughened his rhetoric toward Iran on Tuesday, saying the country would “be held fully responsible” for the attack by Iraqi demonstrators on the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad, an assault that Mr. Trump said was directed by Tehran.

The growing crisis raised unexpected new questions about the Trump administration’s relationship with Iraq, and it strained Mr. Trump’s aversion to a military clash with Iran as well as any deeper entanglements in the Middle East. Mr. Trump faced pressure from hawkish allies in Washington to go further, while memories of the deadly attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, loomed over the administration.

“To those many millions of people in Iraq who want freedom and who don’t want to be dominated and controlled by Iran, this is your time!” Mr. Trump implored on Twitter as demonstrators set up camp at the gates of the American Embassy in Baghdad.

The siege on the embassy created an unwelcome holiday disruption for Mr. Trump, who has spent the past week out of sight, splitting time between his Mar-a-Lago resort estate in Florida and his luxury golf club a few miles away. Mr. Trump has not spoken to reporters since Christmas Eve and was absent from a Sunday evening news briefing at Mar-a-Lago during which three of his top national security officials discussed American airstrikes against an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia.

But on Tuesday he interrupted his holiday routine, leaving his golf club hours earlier than usual and noting on Twitter that he had held a meeting there on “the Middle East, the Military, and Trade.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Trump issued a stern warning to Tehran. “Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq,” he tweeted. “They will be held fully responsible.”

No Americans were harmed in the assault on the compound, and the attackers did not enter any embassy buildings. But the Trump administration was treating the threat as a new escalation by Iran, two days after Mr. Trump approved the airstrikes against the militia group that American officials said was responsible for a recent rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that killed an American contractor and wounded four American soldiers.

Trump administration officials, particularly Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have long spoken about the need to “restore deterrence” against Iran to check its military activities throughout the Middle East. They blame President Barack Obama for emboldening Tehran through the 2015 nuclear deal.

But even some of Mr. Trump’s traditional conservative allies fear that a president who has repeatedly called for winding down “endless wars” has effectively condoned Iranian behavior with his clear aversion to using military force. In mid-June, Mr. Trump ordered limited airstrikes to punish Iran for shooting down an expensive American drone near its coastline, only to call off the attack at the last minute. Mr. Trump also defied calls from some Republican supporters to strike at Iran after it attacked a major Saudi oil production facility in September, although Mr. Trump has dispatched thousands of American troops to help Saudi Arabia defend itself.

Mr. Trump has also repeatedly said he would like to negotiate a new agreement with Iran’s leaders to replace Mr. Obama’s nuclear pact, and would welcome a grand deal as something he can point to in his re-election campaign. But Iran has refused to discuss its nuclear program and other issues until Mr. Trump rolls back economic sanctions on the Islamic republic, including sharp limits on its oil exports, a step the president has refused to take.

Mr. Trump was cheered on by some hawkish Republican allies on Tuesday, including Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a longtime advocate of confrontation with Iran who golfed with the president in Florida on Tuesday.

Mr. Graham praised Mr. Trump on Twitter for “acting decisively” and told Iran that the president “will hold you accountable for threats against Americans and hit you where it hurts the most.” He also issued what appeared to be a veiled threat of further military action, telling the Iranian government that “a country that depends on the ability to refine oil for its existence needs to be cautious.”

Echoing Mr. Graham was Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, who said in a statement on Tuesday that Iran had committed “yet another reckless escalation” and “must be held responsible.”

Complicating the picture was what a senior Trump administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity on Monday, cast as longtime frustration with the Iraqi government, which has not taken more action to protect American military and diplomatic personnel from threats by Iranian-backed militia groups. Thousands of American troops and civilians remain in Iraq nearly a decade after the United States officially ended its occupation of the country.

Mr. Trump tweeted on Tuesday that “we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!” Senators from both parties echoed that view on Tuesday, even as much of Iraq’s political establishment bitterly complained about the American airstrikes within its borders this week.

Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, John R. Bolton, warned in a tweet against conflating the embassy attack with mass protests that have gripped Iraq in recent months.

“The attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad is straight from Iran’s playbook in 1979,” Mr. Bolton wrote. “It’s a sign of Iranian control over Shia militia groups, not a sign of Iraqi anti-Americanism. We must protect our citizens from Iranian belligerence.”

Some foreign policy analysts said the fast-moving crisis pointed to muddled thinking within the Trump administration about its approach toward Iran, against which Mr. Trump has pursued a “maximum pressure” campaign of severe economic sanctions since he withdrew from the nuclear deal in mid-2018.

“Trump, who would just as soon withdraw wholesale from Iraq, faces a conundrum in an election year: How to avoid looking weak on the one hand and yet avoid triggering a messy conflict with Iran and deeper involvement in Iraq on the other that will alienate his base and energize his opponents,” said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department official and Middle East expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Mr. Trump’s public pledges to disentangle the United States from wars in the Middle East are more complicated and problematic than they appear, former officials and analysts said. While the president has talked incessantly about withdrawing American troops and has been reluctant to order military strikes, he has actually added troops in some areas, most notably about 3,000 to Saudi Arabia in an order issued in October. The key factor there was Saudi Arabia’s willingness to pay the costs of maintaining the troops, a persistent issue with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has also signaled a strong distaste for engagement in foreign conflicts in neighboring Syria. He surprised top advisers by withdrawing American troops from the Syria-Turkey border in October and allowing Turkey to invade a Kurdish-held area in Syria. Mr. Trump eventually agreed to keep some troops by oil fields in Syria after senior Defense Department officials stressed to Mr. Trump that the soldiers would be securing oil.

Mr. Trump has persistently clashed with his top foreign policy aides at the State Department, the Pentagon and the National Security Council over American objectives in Iran, Syria and Iraq. Both Mr. Bolton and James F. Jeffrey, the State Department’s special representative on Syria, said in the fall of 2018 that the United States would remain engaged in Syria until Iran had left the country, a goal that clashed with Mr. Trump’s desires.

The president announced in December 2018 that he planned to withdraw troops from Syria, prompting the resignations of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a veteran Marine general, and Brett H. McGurk, the special presidential envoy to the international coalition battling the Islamic State.

On Tuesday morning, the State Department said Mr. Pompeo had spoken with Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, and president, Barham Salih, in separate calls. A brief summary of the calls released by the department said Mr. Pompeo “made clear the United States will protect and defend its people, who are there to support a sovereign and independent Iraq.”

The summary also said the two Iraqi leaders “assured the secretary that they took seriously their responsibility for and would guarantee the safety and security of U.S. personnel and property.”

The department said on Monday night, before the attack on the embassy, that Mr. Pompeo had held separate calls on the recent American military strikes with three leaders in the Middle East who are considered partners by the Trump administration — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

The safety of embassy employees is a particularly fraught issue for Mr. Pompeo. He became a political star among Republicans for delivering blistering criticism of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when he was a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which investigated the decisions she made around the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens; another full-time government employee, Sean Smith; and two American C.I.A. contractors died in that attack.

Former State Department officials and associates of Mr. Pompeo say because of that history and the ensuing harm to Mrs. Clinton’s political career, he is keen to ensure that American diplomats overseas are not in potentially harmful situations. Republican politicians in Washington say that Mr. Pompeo, a Trump loyalist, might run for an open Senate seat in Kansas in 2020 and then president in 2024. Fatalities or serious harm to diplomats on his watch could result in especially pointed attacks by political opponents.

In May, during a period of heightened tensions with Iran, Mr. Pompeo ordered most non-Iraqi employees of the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil, in northern Iraq, to leave the country. Employee numbers at the embassy are still much lower than they were before that order, American officials say.

In response to the turmoil engulfing the American Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, the American military conducted a show of force with helicopter gunships and deployed about 120 Marines to reinforce the compound’s grounds, a Pentagon official said. In 2014, around the same number of Marines were deployed to the embassy as the Islamic State threatened to enter the city during ISIS’ sweep across northern Iraq.

Michael Crowley reported from West Palm Beach, and Edward Wong from Washington. Thomas Gibbons-Neff contributed reporting from Washington.

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Army veteran recycles Christmas trees into canes

COPPERAS COVE, Texas – A U.S. Army veteran from Copperas Cove, Texas, is continuing to serve his country even without the uniform.

Jamie Willis is a Desert Storm vet who suffered a back injury during his eight years of service. After the Veterans Affairs hospital gave him a diagnosis of 100-percent disability, Willis has since relied on a cane to walk. That inspired his non-profit, Canes for Veterans Central Texas.

The 50-year-old started making canes out of recycled Christmas trees in 2016. Since then, he’s made more than 200 and given them all away.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the veterans, getting the canes out to all my brother and sisters out there,” Willis said. “It starts with one cane, make one cane and give it away.”

With the holidays nearing an end, Willis called on his community to donate their Christmas trees so he could make more canes in 2020. The community responded quickly, donating more than 1,000 trees to the non-profit.

“The community has been great, they have shown so much love and support for this and without them there is no way this could have happened,” Willis said. “This has spread like wildfire, pretty much.”

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Volunteers helping Jamie Willis get Christmas trees ready for woodworking. (Hunter Davis/Fox News)

Willis said of all the support he has received, one story in particular stood out to him the most.

“There was a lady that drove all the way from Dallas with her son, who is a veteran, just to drop off a single tree and to meet me and to shake my hand and say thank you. That one touched me big time, that to me was amazing,” Willis said.

Stores including Lowe’s and The Home Depot also donated to Willis. The Home Depot told Fox News: “… Because veterans are such a big part of our own company culture, we understand the importance of serving those who have served us all…”

Once the trees are donated, crews would cut off the limbs and leave the trees to dry out. Once the trees dried, Willis would strip the bark off and attach handles to them, add coats of polyurethane and ship them off to people in need. Willis said he learned the process from Oscar De Vere Morris, the owner of a group called Free Canes for Veterans.

The canes have been sent to several different places, including Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, California, Alaska, Germany and the U.K.

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“There is more good people out here than what you normally see. It has just been amazing, I can’t really put it into words,” Willis said.

Willis said it will take about four to six months for his newly donated trees to dry out before he could start turning them into canes. In the meantime, the veteran has prepared a list of things he will need to get going once the wood is ready, including sandpaper, grinder discs, polyurethane and paintbrushes.

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Karl Rove: 2 things to watch for on the 2020 campaign trail

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Karl Rove says voters should watch for two things on the campaign trail in 2020: cash on hand and delegate numbers.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Eric Shawn, the Fox News contributor said Tuesday that fundraising numbers were important but that he believes in the new year “we’re likely to find at least four candidates who’ve raised enough money to be competitive in the first four primaries and caucuses … and beyond on March third.”

“We’ll have six people, I suspect, with enough money to be competitive through the third of March. By which time, 48 percent of the delegates will have been selected,” he told Shawn.

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Rove urged Shawn to “think about it.”

“Forty-eight percent of the delegates will have been selected at the convention in less than five weeks. So, what if they get split up among four or five candidates?” he asked. “What if Biden gets a bunch? Warren gets a bunch? Sanders gets a bunch? Buttigieg gets a bunch? Bloomberg gets some. Maybe Tom Steyer gets a few here and there. Maybe Amy Klobuchar gets a few here and there. Minnesota’s going to vote early. She’s going to do well there.”

“The more you chop up that 48 percent, the more difficult it gets to be to have 50 percent on the first ballot,” he said. “And remember, by the end of March … nearly seven out of every 10 delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be chosen by the end of March … “

However. Rove says “things could get ugly,” come springtime.

“I predict that nobody arrives in Milwaukee with a majority of the delegates,” said Rove.

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“Now, they could win on a first ballot. But, only if there’s a preliminary ballot that gives the sense that somebody’s way ahead and people stand up and say, ‘Oh, you know, Ohio changes or Colorado changes from X to Y.’ ‘Or, you know, a second ballot,'” he added.

“And, remember if they go to a second ballot, there are 765 superdelegates who are unelected. … Those people get to vote on the second ballot. They’re not present on the first ballot. Boy, it could be a really complicated picture in Milwaukee,” Rove remarked.

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Donna Brazile: Democrats will focus on health care in 2020

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Former interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman Donna Brazile on Tuesday previewed what to expect from Democrats in 2020, saying that health care will be a top priority.

“In this session of Congress, they [Democrats] passed over eight bills to protect and enhance health care in America,” Brazile, a Fox News contributor, said on “America’s Newsroom.”

“[House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi has signaled to the Democrats that she really wants to fight to lower prescription drugs. They just passed H.R.3 [legislation to lower drug prices]. That bill is sitting on [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s desk,” she said.

“There’s also a bill on surprise billing; it has bipartisan support,” Brazile added. “That’s when you go to the hospital, and you come back and you look at your bill and you say, ‘Oh, my God, what is that?’ Well, Speaker Pelosi believes that health care is not just for Democrats, but Republicans, too.”

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“She’s going to work with the Republicans, including the president, who also wants to lower prescription drug prices,” Brazile continued. “His notion doesn’t go far enough in terms of negotiation for Medicare and other types of insurance, but I do believe the speaker’s right to focus on this issue when they return next week.”

Pelosi wrote in a letter to members of her caucus on Monday that Democrats will prioritize getting health care legislation signed into law when lawmakers return to Washington in the new year.

Earlier this month, House Democrats pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230 to 192.

However, the legislation does not have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has issued a veto threat.

In May, President Trump called for an end to “surprise medical bills,” the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer’s network.

The administration threw its support behind efforts by lawmakers of both parties to address the problem, laying out a set of goals for legislation.

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“Now that the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, hangs in the balance and millions of Americans — hundreds of millions of Americans — may be subjected to having their health insurance disappear because of preexisting conditions, this [health care] is a priority,” Brazile said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kaia Gerber’s parents are ‘stepping in to help’ her boyfriend Pete Davidson: report

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber are “stepping in” to help daughter Kaia’s boyfriend Pete Davidson.

The supermodel and her businessman husband are reportedly trying to “guide Pete through a difficult time” as he dates their daughter.

Earlier this week, the couple were spotted looking “tense” outside Kaia’s New York apartment, with an onlooker claiming they were having an animated conversation, seemingly about Pete.

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Kaia, 18, and “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete, 26, have been dating since October – and while it’s unclear why Pete “needs help”, E! News reports Kaia’s parents are keen to be there for the couple.

“It’s been a very stressful and concerning few days,” claims E! News.

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Cindy and Rande wanted to be there for Kaia and supportive of her. They are very involved and loving parents and they would do anything for her.

“They stepped in to try and guide her and to help Pete through a difficult time.”

“[They] see how troubled he is and how much he is struggling.”

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“They tried to intervene and offer what they could.

“It’s been upsetting for Kaia and for them to see their daughter dealing with something so serious.”

Pete has been open about his drug use and mental health struggles in the past – saying he’s smoked pot since age 16, adding: “I can perform when I’m not high, but it wouldn’t be that much fun for me.”

He also told Marc Maron’s podcast he struggled with borderline personality disorder, and in 2018, worried fans with a post about suicidal thoughts before deleting Instagram.

This weekend on SNL, he made a joking reference to rehab, saying he was “going on ‘vacation’ but insurance pays for some of it, and they take your phone and shoelaces. And it costs $100,000 but I still have roommates.”

Pete previously went to rehab in 2016, but later said that being sober “f***ing sucks” and that he needed marijuana for his Crohns Disease.

Last week, the MailOnline reported that Kaia’s parents had been seen in a tense conversation in New York outside their daughter’s apartment.

According to their reporter, an onlooker overheard Rande tell Cindy, 53: “He’s got scratched out eyes. His face was like scared as if someone or a camera was on him. His eyes are very… and he’s like freaking out.”

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While it wasn’t clear if he was definitely talking about SNL star Pete, 26, the MailOnline reports Rande continued: “How in the hell can he… be away… he needs help.”

It’s then reported that Rande told Cindy the person he was referring to was “over there” further down the street – where Pete was sitting in his car.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

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Cleveland Browns, GM John Dorsey part ways after 2 seasons

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Cleveland Browns and general manager John Dorsey parted ways Tuesday.

Dorsey and the organization “couldn’t come to an agreement on a future restructure of the organization,” ESPN first reported. An official told ESPN the two had “mutually parted ways.”

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Dorsey became the general manager on Dec. 7, 2017. He had two years remaining on his contract.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam confirmed Dorsey’s departure in a statement.

Dorsey released a separate statement.

Cleveland failed to make the playoffs in each of his two full seasons as general manager.

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He was responsible for the drafting of Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb. He also made the deals to bring in Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, Kareem Hunt, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon.

However, in those two full seasons Cleveland was 13-18-1 and didn’t finish better than third in the AFC North. Dorsey fired Hue Jackson in the middle of the 2018 season and replaced him with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He then chose Freddie Kitchens over Williams to become the head coach for the 2019 season because of Kitchen’s progress with Mayfield.

But after a 6-10 season, Kitchens was out as head coach and less than two days later Dorsey was out as well.

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The circus atmosphere around the Browns was thought to have ended as the team had a seven-win season in 2018 – the most they had since 2014. An offseason filled with hype only ended with crushing disappointment. Disappointment that appears Browns ownership was done suffering through with a solid team and a young corps to build around.

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Missouri cop accused of manslaughter after killing girl, 4, in on-duty accident

The tragic death of a 4-year-old girl who was run over by a police vehicle at a Missouri school has led nearly a year later to the indictment of the on-duty officer who was behind the wheel.

Andria Heese, a 28-year-old member of the Columbia Police Department, was charged with manslaughter Monday in the Jan. 4 death of Gabriella Curry outside Battle High School, according to reports.

“We’ve been working with the Highway Patrol,” Camden County prosecutor Heather Miller told Fox 22 Columbia. “We’ve been in contact with the family, working with them and making sure that all the ducks were in a row before we were comfortable filing the case.”

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Gabriella Curry, 4, was run over and killed by a police vehicle nearly a year ago. Columbia police officer Anria Heese was charged with manslaughter Monday in her death.  (Curry Family/Fox 22 Columbia)

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A call from Fox News seeking comment from Heese’s attorney was not immediately returned.

The indictment comes after the city of Columbia agreed to pay Gabriella’s parents $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit seeking damages for claims of wrongful death.

The school district, which also has been sued, agreed to a $125,000 settlement.

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Curry’s mother told KOMU-TV Monday the criminal case against Heese makes it even more difficult with Gabriella’s one-year anniversary of her death this weekend.

According to reports at the time of the accident, Heese was in a patrol SUV when she struck the girl after driving onto the sidewalk to monitor school buses.

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After hitting her, Heese assisted Gabriella, giving her CPR and calling for help, KOMU reported.

She was put on administrative leave after the accident. Her current status was not known.

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