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Iraq Condemns U.S. Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Militia

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Fighters from the Kataeb Hezbollah militia inspect the destruction of their headquarters on Monday in the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike in Qaim, Iraq.

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After the U.S. launched a series of airstrikes inside Iraq and Syria on an Iran-backed militia, the Iraqi government has condemned the strikes as an attack on its sovereignty, and said it would summon the U.S. ambassador. The U.S. launched the attack following a rocket strike Friday attributed to Kataeb Hezbollah militia that killed a U.S. military contractor working with Iraqi and U.S. forces.

The KH militia, which is calling for retaliation, says at least 25 of its fighters were killed in the strikes, and dozens more were injured.

“We stress that Iraq is an independent country, and its internal security takes priority, and serious attention, and will not be allowed to become a battlefield, or a route for launching attacks,” Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement about what it planned to tell the U.S. ambassador.

It added that Iraq planned to discuss the future presence in Iraq of the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS.

KH and more than two dozen other Iran-backed militias have a complicated position within Iraq. The paramilitary has fought against ISIS and is formally part of Iraq’s security forces – though U.S. officials have raised concerns about whether the Iraqi government actually has control over it and other Iran-backed groups.

A U.S. State Department official said the latest military action was “designed to protect American forces and American citizens in Iraq, but it is also aimed at deterring Iran.”

As NPR’s Tom Bowman reported, this militia “has been for months now, firing mortars and rockets at U.S. forces at locations throughout Iraq.” The U.S. government blames it for the recent attack on an Iraqi base near the city of Kirkuk in which a U.S. contractor was killed. The attack on the base used by U.S. and Iraqi forces, which involved more than 30 rockets, also injured four U.S. service members and two Iraqi troops, according to the Defense Department.

The U.S. military says it launched “precision defensive strikes” against three of the militia’s facilities in Iraq and two in Syria. Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant to the Secretary of Defense, said in a statement that the locations “included weapon storage facilities and command and control locations that KH uses to plan and execute attacks on [Operation Inherent Resolve] coalition forces.” Some of these led to large secondary explosions, as Bowman reported.

Hoffman stressed that KH has a strong link to Iran’s elite Quds Force, and said it has received weapons and other support from Iran that it turned on coalition forces.

“The U.S. and its coalition partners fully respect Iraqi sovereignty, and support a strong and independent Iraq,” Hoffman stated. “The U.S., however, will not be deterred from exercising its right of self-defense.”

“Our battle with America and its mercenaries is now open to all possibilities,” KH said in a statement after the strikes, according to The Associated Press. “We have no alternative today other than confrontation and there is nothing that will prevent us from responding to this crime.”

Previous KH strikes had not caused serious injuries. But they were enough to worry U.S. officials. In May, as Bowman reported, “Secretary Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a trip to Germany and flew to Baghdad because I’m told intelligence showed the possibility of a large attack on U.S. forces, presumably by these militias.” That threat did not materialize at the time.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi office’s said in a statement that he received a call from U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper shortly before the airstrikes, and asked for them to be called off. Abdul-Mahdi decried the strikes as a unilateral act by the U.S.-led coalition that are considered a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

A State Department official told reporters that the U.S. is not worried about the potential consequences of the strikes. They added that it’s the Iraqi government’s “responsibility and duty to protect us, and they have not taken the appropriate steps to do so.” The State Department reports that there have been 11 attacks on Iraqi bases that host coalition forces in the last two months. “This obviously is a campaign,” the official said.

The Iranian embassy also published a statement in Iraqi local media, calling the strikes against militias a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

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China sentences Christian pastor to 9 years in prison

A well-known Christian pastor in China who operated outside the state’s legally recognized protestant organization was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison.

Wang Yi, 46, was also convicted of illegal business operations, fined and had his personal assets seized.

As the leader of the Early Rain Covenant Church, Yi was arrested a year ago as part of an ongoing crackdown on unauthorized religious groups in the country. In China, Protestants are only allowed to worship in churches recognized by the Communist Party.

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Wang Yi leader of the Early Rain Covenant Church.  ( Youtube/Wang Yi Sermon Clips)

A lawyer hired by Wang’s family said the charge of illegal business operations stemmed from the printing of books about Christian culture and that “no social harm” had been committed.

Wang’s arrest comes amid a crackdown on religion, including removing crosses from some churches, by China’s officially atheist ruling party. More widely, the party has demolished places of worship, barred Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies and incarcerated more than a million Islamic ethnic minorities in so-called “re-education centers.

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Wang’s Early Rain Covenant Church is believed to have had several hundred members who met in different locations around Chengdu. Many of them have been taken from their homes overnight in lightning raids, including Wang’s wife, Jiang Rong, who was later released on bail.

Wang had been critical of party head and state president Xi Jinping and made a point of holding a prayer service on June 4 each year to commemorate the 1989 bloody assault on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Wang’s sentencing was condemned by Amnesty International China researcher Patrick Poon as making a “mockery of China’s supposed religious freedoms.”

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“Wang Yi was merely practicing his religion and peacefully standing up for human rights in China,” Poon told The Associated Press in an email. “Wang Yi is a prisoner of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden Says He’s Open To A Republican Running Mate

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EXETER, N.H. ― It seemed like an oddball question for former Vice President Joe Biden: Would he be open to having a Republican serve as his own vice president if he were the Democratic nominee? But during a routine campaign stop here on Monday, Biden’s answer was a bit surprising.

“The answer is, I would,” Biden said. “But I can’t think of one now.”

At the time, Biden’s response seemed to be taken more as a joke or rhetorical flourish, drawing laughs from the crowd gathered at Exeter’s historic town hall. But Biden immediately silenced the laughs.

“No, I’m serious,” he said. “No, here’s what I mean. Let me explain that. You know, there’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still. But here’s the problem right now, of the well-known ones, they’ve got to step up, you know what I mean?”

Biden again clarified that he wasn’t “being a wiseguy,” and that there are a lot of people who are qualified to be vice president.

While Biden made it clear he was open to the idea, the rest of his answer suggested that a Republican running mate ― like, say, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich ― would be a long shot.

Biden mentioned how a vice president needs to be “simpatico” with the president and how the two needed to be on “the same exact wavelength politically” to get things done. 

He said no president could handle the job anymore all by himself or herself, and he pointed to his experience as vice president to Barack Obama as the paradigm for a vice president’s responsibilities.

“When he gave me responsibility, he gave me total presidential authority. I could hire people, I could fire people, I could pick anyone from the administration to work with me,” Biden said. “I had complete control ― not a joke.”

That seems to be Biden’s idea of the proper relationship between a president and a vice president ― someone to whom the president can delegate responsibility and not worry about differing ideologies.

Even the theoretical openness to a GOP vice president, however, once again points to Biden’s long-held belief that Trump is an aberration from the Republican Party and not a product of it.

While Biden has moved away from stating that belief over the last month, he continues to tell voters he can work with Republicans. And his refusal to rule out a GOP running mate is more proof that he thinks his old relationships across the aisle are salvageable.

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A Biden-G.O.P. Ticket? He’s Open to It, but Doesn’t See Options

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EXETER, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is accustomed to fielding questions from voters about picking a running mate. But on Monday, he was asked a particularly provocative one: Would he consider choosing a Republican as his vice president?

“The answer is I would, but I can’t think of one now,” Mr. Biden said at a town hall-style event in Exeter, N.H., drawing laughter from the crowd.

Mr. Biden then elaborated on what he meant. “There are some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now of the well-known ones: They’ve got to step up,” he said.

Mr. Biden has emphasized the need for a future Democratic president to work with Republicans, stressing the importance of consensus in order to get things done. That viewpoint has been criticized by some liberals who see it as an unacceptable embrace of the status quo and others who think Mr. Biden is naïve about trying to work with Republicans. But choosing a Republican to be his running mate would be a far more grievous act in the eyes of many Democrats, something many party officials and both liberal and moderate activists would oppose.

On Monday, Mr. Biden made a point of noting that it was presumptuous to talk about a running mate, given that he has not won the Democratic nomination. He went on to recall his working relationship with President Barack Obama and their trust for each other, telling the crowd, “The only thing I know about is the qualifications for vice president.”

As for his own vice-presidential pick, Mr. Biden noted that there were “a lot of qualified women” and “a lot of qualified African-Americans.”

“There’s a plethora of really qualified people,” he said. “Whomever I would pick were I fortunate enough to be your nominee, I’d pick someone who was simpatico with me.”

Mr. Biden, like other presidential candidates, has been largely circumspect about naming names, though he did say this month that he would consider a former rival in the race, Senator Kamala Harris of California, as a possible running mate.

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Urban Meyer’s daughters come for ESPN anchor over crack about their father

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Urban Meyer’s daughters came after an ESPN anchor over an apparent dig at the former college football head coach who was on the sidelines of the College Football playoff semifinal between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers on Saturday night.

John Anderson, a longtime host of ESPN’s flagship show “SportsCenter,” was going through the highlights of the game between the Buckeyes and Tigers when he made a comment about Meyer watching the game from the sidelines.

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“Look at Urban Meyer,” Anderson said. “He was going to spend time with his family, but went to this game instead.”

Meyer’s daughters Nicki and Gigi did not let the comment pass. Nicki Meyer Dennis, whose husband is a quality control coach for the Buckeyes, tweeted her displeasure Sunday night.

“How is this type of commentary even acceptable? The entire family including grandkids went to support my husband and the Buckeyes,” she wrote. “We had the best week in Arizona. @ESPN have some class. This is bad. I’d @ this guy but don’t know who it is. Pass it along friends.”

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Gigi Meyer added in a separate tweet: “But we were all there the entire week… In fact, probably been spending too much time together. But keep ‘em coming.”

Meyer retired as head coach from the Buckeyes after last season’s Rose Bowl win. He joined FOX Sports as a college football analyst since and has been linked to several NFL head coaching jobs.

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Unfortunately, Meyer had to watch the Buckeyes lose to the Tigers 29-23.

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Ohio doctor charged with fentanyl-overdose murders of 25 patients sues hospital, claiming defamation

A critical-care doctor in Ohio accused of ordering overdoses of the opioid painkiller fentanyl in the deaths of 25 hospital patients has sued his former employer for defamation, according to a report.

Dr. William Husel, who was indicted in June on 25 counts of murder and has pleaded not guilty, argued that he did nothing wrong and did not deviate from hospital policy on end-of-life care.

The doctor, whose license to practice was suspended in January by the State Medical Board of Ohio, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Franklin County against the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and its parent organization, Trinity Health Corp.

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Mount Carmel Health System said in an email statement to Fox News Monday afternoon: “Allegations such as these are unfounded. We completed an extensive review of patient care provided by Dr. William Husel and stand by our decisions. Mount Carmel’s focus continues to be on caring for our patients.”

Trinity Health Corp. added in an email statement to Fox News Monday afternoon: “Allegations such as these are unfounded. We completed an extensive review of patient care provided by Dr. William Husel and stand by our decisions. Trinity Health’s and Mount Carmel’s focus continues to be on caring for our patients.”

In the lawsuit, Husel claims that patients died from their illnesses, not the administration of the powerful painkiller fentanyl ordered by him.

Husel also claims he received no formal training on hospital procedures from Mount Carmel when he was hired in 2013 as a critical-care physician and that he received a doctor of the year award in 2014.

Husel’s lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages, along with attorney fees.

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William Nusel, facing 25 counts of murder for his role in the deaths of hospital patients said in a defamation lawsuit filed against the hospital system he worked for that he did nothing wrong and did not deviate from hospital policy in providing end-of-life care. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

The Franklin County Prosecution’s Office said in a statement that Husel ordered that patients receive doses of fentanyl “in various amounts between 500 and 2,000 micrograms … that shortened their life and hastened or caused their death.”

The suspicious deaths occurred at Mount Carmel and St. Ann’s Hospitals in Columbus between Feb. 11, 2015, and Nov. 20, 2018, according to the statement.

Husel was fired from the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System in December 2018 and stripped of his medical license when allegations against him began to surface and an internal investigation by the hospital uncovered his fatal prescriptions.

More than two dozen wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against Husel and the hospital system, some of which have been settled by the hospital for hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the Associated Press.

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Mount Carmel has admitted that Husel wasn’t removed from patient care until four weeks after concerns about him were raised last fall and that three patients died during that gap after receiving the excessive doses he ordered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Why Pete Buttigieg’s Defense Of Wealthy Donors Is So Fuzzy

Craig Hall, the owner of the now-infamous “wine cave” in California’s Napa Valley that hosted a swanky fundraiser for Pete Buttigeig, is the type of billionaire that the Democratic presidential candidate is OK taking money from ― at least according to rules Buttigieg set for his campaign.

In addition to owning a winery and being a real estate magnate, Hall oversees a financial services company and is in the art business. Since the 1980s, he’s donated more than $2.4 million to Democratic causes and served as ambassador to Austria under President Bill Clinton.

But Hall is also a long-time investor in oil and gas, owning an energy company that has a dozen operating wells in Arkansas, a fact that’s been well documented in news reports over the years.

Buttigieg, like most of his fellow Democratic presidential contenders, has signed a voluntary campaign finance pledge that he will not take money from fossil fuel executives. His campaign confirmed to HuffPost that he continues to abide by that pledge, as well as vows swearing off money from corporate political action committees and donations from federal lobbyists. 

Hall doesn’t count, the campaign argues, because he is a real estate executive who invested in fossil fuels, not the other way around.

But Buttigieg’s pledge, and his courting of wealthy donors like Hall, is an example of just how fuzzy these self-imposed rules on donations can be. The pledges are all voluntary — and they are flexible.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS At the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month in Los Angeles, contenders Pete Buttegieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) sparred over accepting contributions from big-money donors.

Does the fossil fuel pledge apply to investors in the fossil fuel industry? Not so, in Buttegieg’s case. Candidates also can reject corporate PAC money, but corporations can donate to issue-based PACs that may tacitly favor one candidate. Fifty-two members of Congress rejected corporate PAC money, but received a total of $2.95 million in the 2018 midterm cycle from Leadership PACs, which are almost entirely funded by corporations and industry groups, campaign finance watchdog group Open Secrets found.

“These voluntary pledges raise difficult questions around line drawing,” said Brendan Fischer, a campaign finance expert with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which works to lessen the influence of money in politics. “The most important thing about these pledges is that candidates are signaling to voters that they recognize there is something wrong with the system, and they are not going to fully embrace it.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made grassroots fundraising a centerpiece of his bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton, painting her as part of the elite political class. Since President Donald Trump’s election, the Democratic Party has zeroed in on a campaign finance reform platform; this year, House Democrats passed a bill that proposed publicly financing elections and mandating certain disclosures (the measure remains stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate). 

As the 2020 campaign has geared up, many Democratic presidential candidates made campaign finance promises early on. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) pledged to forgo high-dollar fundraisers in the primary in February — and later said she would follow through on that pledge in the general election if she wins her party’s nomination. 

“We have a chance right now in a Democratic primary … to say, ‘Here’s how we’re going to do this. We’re going to build from the grassroots, we’re actually going to build a foundation for the Democratic Party that is really about face-to-face, person-to-person, neighbor-to-neighbor, people who are engaged in this campaign,’” she said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in February.

But while Democrats’ seem to have found consensus in displaying contempt for a broken campaign finance system, some resist actually abandoning it, in the name of pragmatism and winning elections.

While the Buttigieg campaign has signed onto three different campaign finance pledges, the candidate has also defended playing within the current system. In a striking moment during the Dec. 19 Democratic presidential debate, Warren attacked the South Bend, Indiana, mayor for hobnobbing with millionaires and billionaires for political donations — specifically calling out the wine cave gathering. Buttigieg justified his decisions to engage in high-dollar fundraising, arguing that wealthy donors don’t necessarily corrupt values and that Democrats cannot afford to turn donations away.

“These purity tests shrink the stakes of the most important election,” Buttigieg said of Warren and Sanders’ decisions to forgo high-dollar fundraising. He added that Warren has also participated in such fundraisers in previous campaigns. 

“Did it corrupt you, senator? Of course not,” Buttigieg asked of Warren at the debate. 

We are proud to have the support of more than 700,000 Americans who have already donated to our campaign and the only promise any donor will ever get from Pete is that he will use their donations to defeat Donald Trump. Sean Savett, Pete Buttigieg’s campaign spokesman

Still, his argument stands in stark contrast with the rejection of wealthy donors that has marked much of the Democratic race. There was a point over the summer when the 24 candidates then in the race had signed a pledge swearing off corporate PAC money. Almost all — 19 candidates — did the same for donations from fossil fuel executives, and lobbyists. 

“The criticism of how Buttigieg is running his campaign, is that the candidate who is elected by embracing the big-money campaign finance system would appear less likely to prioritize reforming that system,” Fischer said.

Buttigieg’s campaign would not comment about how it decides which donors it will take contributions from and which it will not. The campaign appears to operate on a case-by-case basis; early this year, it returned a donation from Steve Patton, a Chicago attorney who pushed against the release of the video of the notorious 2014 police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald.

“We are proud to have the support of more than 700,000 Americans who have already donated to our campaign and the only promise any donor will ever get from Pete is that he will use their donations to defeat Donald Trump,” said Sean Savett, a Buttigieg campaign spokesperson. “The stakes in this election are clear and stark ― we have one shot to defeat Donald Trump. That’s why, whether you can give $3 or $300, whether you are a Democrat, independent or Republican, if you are ready to defeat Donald Trump, we welcome you to our campaign.”

The campaign also reiterated the mayor’s support for campaign finance reform, including creating a small-dollar matching program, strengthening the Federal Elections Commission and pushing to overturn Citizens United, the landmark Supreme Court case that allowed for so-called dark money to flow into the election system unfettered.

But at the core of this debate is a simple question: Is big money in politics corrupting? Buttigieg’s answer to this question is not clear. At the December debate, he argued that big money in politics was not necessarily corrupting. And since then, his campaign has made the case that Democrats can’t afford to eschew big money donors now.

We need to defeat Donald Trump and we can’t do that with one hand tied behind our back,” Savett said.

But in signing campaign finance pledges, Buttigieg signaled the opposite: that there is a real danger to big money in politics.

American voters certainly seem to think so. A 2018 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 77% of the public agreed that limits should be placed “on the amount of money individuals and organizations” can spend on political campaigns. The same survey found that roughly 72% of the public, across the political spectrum, said they believe people who give a lot of money to elected officials have more influence.

“Voters are fed up with big money in politics and are seeing the impact on democracy, and candidates feel pressure to signal to voters that they hear these concerns and are taking them seriously,” Fischer said. “The impact of money in politics is systemic and complicated and there’s hardly ever and explicit example of quid pro quo.”

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Sharon Osbourne Says She Fired Assistant After He Saved Her Dogs During A House Fire

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“The Talk” host Sharon Osbourne told a bonkers but apparently true anecdote on a British game show about firing an assistant after he saved her dogs during a house fire.

The reason for the pink slip? Looking back on the incident ― in which Osbourne says she took an oxygen mask off the man’s face, put it on a dog and ordered him back into the building to retrieve paintings ― the employee just didn’t find the whole thing very funny.

In a segment from “Would I Lie To You,” where panelists try to guess if a celebrity’s story is real, Osbourne said that she and rocker husband Ozzy Osbourne were burning a Christmas candle they’d received as a gift. After they went to bed, a fire broke out. Ozzy tried to put out the flames, Sharon said, but only succeeded in getting some on himself.

She and her husband made it to safety, and then Sharon summoned the staffer. She ordered him into the burning house to find their dogs and retrieve some art, and became annoyed when the worker hemmed and hawed. Ultimately, he did save the dogs, and firefighters arrived on the scene ― but Sharon grew peeved when she saw one of them giving the assistant oxygen.

“How very dare you!” she remembered telling the employee. “You work here and you get more paintings out right now … I took the mask and I put it on my dog.”

Osbourne said she and her husband later laughed about the blaze, but the assistant saw no comedic value in what he believed might be potential lung damage.

Watch above to learn of the jaw-dropping way in which she canned the staffer.

The segment was posted to YouTube on Dec. 26, and many commenters were not amused, calling Osbourne’s story “appalling” and “disgusting.” Panelist Liz Bonnin, a presenter for nature shows, was among those who guessed Osbourne’s story was true ― but she appeared uncomfortable at times as Osbourne told her tale.

This must be seen to be believed. Watch it above.

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Denver Broncos security guard injures ankle trying to take down field invader, carted off field

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A Denver Broncos security attempted to subdue a field invader during a game Sunday as the team was playing the Oakland Raiders but instead left the field on a medical cart.

The game between the Broncos and Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High was briefly paused as security guards tried to catch the field invader. One of the moves the trespasser put on caused a security guard Chris Clark to go down with an apparent ankle injury, according to 9 News.

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Clark was spotted being taken off the field on a cart. According to NFL reporters at the stadium, the guard suffered a broken ankle in three spots.

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The person who was eventually in custody was identified as a juvenile. A Denver police spokesperson told 9 News that the young fan was cited for a trespassing charge.

Denver won the game 16-15, holding off a furious comeback by the Raiders. The Broncos got a touchdown pass from Drew Lock in the game.

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The Broncos finish the season with a 7-9 record and went 4-1 with Lock as their starting quarterback down the stretch. Denver may have made the playoffs if the ball bounced their way in the beginning of the season. The Broncos started the year with four straight losses – each of them by 11 points or less.

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Jessie James Decker reveals husband Eric Decker is ready for another child: ‘He’s getting baby fever again’

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Jessie James Decker wants husband Eric Decker to slow it on down.

The country singer revealed on Monday that the former NFL wide receiver is quickly developing the urge to have another baby. However, the pair seem to be at odds with the idea as she isn’t quite yet ready to be a mother again.

“He told me on the plane … that he is really getting baby fever again,” Decker, 31, told Us Weekly on Monday, “I’m like, ‘You are out of your darn mind. You just need to pump the brakes a little bit. Like, we need to chill.’”

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Although the pair already share daughter Vivianne, 5; son Eric, 4; and son Forrest, 21 months, the “Girl On the Coast” songstress said she is having a blast with parenthood, adding that “having babies just changes everything.”

“It makes everything more fun. I absolutely love having kids,” Decker added.

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Just seven months ago in May, Decker told the outlet her husband, 32, had been begging her to have another child.

“He wants another for sure,” she said at the time. “I’m like, ‘Give me just a moment, give me a second!’”

She explained that Eric’s mention of adding another baby to their brood came during a time when the family was moving and had an abundance of baby equipment strewn about.

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“Because we’re moving, we have all of these baby things that we’re finding, like baby girl stuff, baby boy stuff, all the bottles, breast pumps,” said Decker. “I was like, ‘Oh, we can just donate those things or just give them to my sister because I’m sure she’s going to have more babies eventually.'”

“[Eric] was like, ‘I don’t think we’re ready to give those away yet!’” she continued. “I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ He’s like, ‘Let’s talk about it,’ and I’m like, ‘No!’”

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In February, Decker got candid about the couple’s sex life in an interview with Fox News, telling us that since Eric is retired now, they can be a little more “spontaneous” in the bedroom. She also kept the possibility open on having another kid with the former speedster.

“I would say never say never,” she said. “We’re not against it and we’re not planning it either. I think if it were to happen naturally, another baby is always a blessing, but as of right now we are very happy with baby Forrest.”

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