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Monster truck? Police find T-Rex in back of van

Police officers carrying out a routine vehicle check were stunned when they opened the back of a lorry – and found a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Road cops from Thames Valley [U.K] Police were stunned when they discovered the giant dinosaur model in the back of the box van. The scary model looked ready to pounce as its oversized head poked outwards with its orange eyes and jagged teeth.

After recovering from the shock encounter, the officer posted a picture of their discovery on social media on Friday.

PC Pilling wrote: “Now I wasn’t expecting that.”

It sparked a flurry of whimsical reactions on Twitter.

Sarah Williams said: “I can imagine needing a clean pair of undies opening the back up on that lorry.”

Another local added: “Bet you got the fright of your life.”

The officer in question did not explain what the lorry driver was doing with the giant model.

Thames Valley Police Roads Policing have been contacted for comment.

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Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion

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Trump accused China of “gaming” the global trade system in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations as he defended tariffs that his critics say have put the U.S. economy at risk of a recession. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump brushed aside warnings from the United Nations Wednesday that the 74-year-old organization risks being unable to pay its staff and bills if member nations don’t cough up their annual dues soon

The biggest delinquent payer in the world? The United States. 

Washington owes the U.N. $381 million in back payments and $674 million this year, according to the U.S. mission to the U.N. As the largest contributor to the 193-member organization, the U.S. has long sought to pressure the U.N. to rein in spending. 

Trump, who has openly questioned the value of the U.N., has made skepticism of multi-national organizations a central component of his foreign policy. Trump has demanded European countries contribute more to NATO and has pressed allies in Asia and the Middle East to rely less on U.S. military might and spend more on their own security. 

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Responding to reports of deep U.N. budget deficits, Trump returned to the theme. 

“So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!” he wrote Wednesday

U.N. officials say 129 countries have paid their 2019 dues, two-thirds of all members. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said that nearly $2 billion has been paid to the organization this year and that the outstanding balance for other countries amounts to another $1.3 billion. 

Dujarric described the financial situation as “the worst cash crisis facing the United Nations in nearly a decade” and said it “runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors.”  

Created in 1945 on the heels of World War II, the United Nations charter tasked the organization with ending conflict and human rights abuses. Its real power lies in the 15-member Security Council, which can authorize sanctions and military action.

The U.S. has quarreled with the U.N. for decades over funding. A U.S. mission official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions, said the U.S. paid $600 million to peacekeeping efforts this year and will pay “the vast majority of what we owe to the regular budget this fall, as we have in past years.”

But the longstanding tension has received renewed attention because of Trump, who once described the U.N. as “not a friend of democracy” and has consistently questioned multi-national efforts such as NATO and the annual G-7 and G-20 summits.   

Trump spent three days in New York last month for the annual U.N. General Assembly, pressing his case for sovereignty while also seeking support from allies to address a suspected Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia. Despite the international audience, Trump has used his U.N. addresses to speak more to domestic audiences. 

“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” Trump told his counterparts on Sept. 24. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations.”

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School Districts Sue Juul, Saying Student Vaping Drains Resources

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Schools across the country are so fed up with students vaping on campus that they’re suing the e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs.

Multiple districts filed lawsuits on Monday, including school systems in Olathe, Kan.; St. Charles, Mo.; Long Island, N.Y.; and La Conner, Wash. Three of those suits charge that Juul has hooked a generation of young smokers with its sweet flavors, placing a burden on schools.

“You can’t tell me that having flavors like bubblegum and grape is not trying to entice our kids to do something they know is unhealthy,” said Shannon Wickliffe, the president of the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education. “I understand it as a business strategy, but I think it’s kind of disgusting that you would try to addict our children knowing the health consequences.”

In a statement, Juul officials said they have never marketed to kids and have taken steps to limit access to products for anyone under 21.

The lawsuits come as the number of patients with vaping-related illnesses continues to climb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has intensified its warnings about the risks of vaping.

The number of youth smokers has also been increasing. The CDC estimates that the number of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes rose by more than 50% from 2017 to 2018 — from 2.1 million to 3.6 million.

Kirk Goza, a lawyer for Olathe Public Schools and two other school districts suing Juul, told member station KCUR in an email that because vape pens are easy to conceal, students often bring them to school, only to get caught vaping in the bathrooms.

“Schools have been forced to install special sensors in bathrooms, remove bathroom doors, ban flash drives, hire more staff and provide programs to help students deal with nicotine addiction,” Goza said. “This does not take into account the institutional energy spent monitoring and enforcing policies to try and deal with the problem.”

Olathe is seeking unspecified damages for the costs it has incurred trying to combat vaping in schools.

It’s not just middle and high school students vaping in Olathe, said John Allison, the superintendent there — the youngest Olathe student to get caught with a vape pen was in fourth grade. Allison said more often than not, parents know their children are smoking e-cigarettes and many even purchased the devices that are confiscated at school. One parent even called Allison to ask for the vape pen back.

“The parent was very upset because they had purchased it for their student, who — they felt it helped calm them down. They couldn’t understand why we were concerned,” Allison said. “I had to educate them. It contains nicotine. It’s dangerous. It’s addictive. And they were mortified.”

If the school district is able to recoup anything from Juul, Allison said, he would like to see it go toward smoking-cessation classes for students who need help quitting e-cigarettes.

“Addiction is nothing new,” said Olathe school board member LeEtta Felter, whose teenager has struggled to quit vaping. “We’ve been down this road before — cigarettes and Big Tobacco. This time around, we know better.”

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MSNBC Journalist Deftly Multitasks After Son Wanders On Set During Live Segment

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MSNBC news correspondent Courtney Kube showed she is a master at multitasking Wednesday morning after her young son wandered on set during a live segment.

Kube, who covers national security and the Pentagon, was discussing Turkish airstrikes over northern Syria when the boy came up to her wanting attention.

“Excuse me, my kids are here.” Kube said while grinning during the segment. “Live television!”

Despite being a little distracted for a second, Kube managed to explain the Syria situation in great detail.

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Kube’s colleagues were impressed by how she handled the situtation.

So were audience members.

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Pay freeze at the U.N.? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion

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Trump accused China of “gaming” the global trade system in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations as he defended tariffs that his critics say have put the U.S. economy at risk of a recession. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump brushed aside warnings from the United Nations Wednesday that the 74-year-old organization risks being unable to pay its staff and bills if member nations don’t cough up their annual dues soon

The biggest delinquent payer in the world? The United States. 

Washington owes the U.N. $381 million in back payments and $674 million this year, according to the U.S. mission to the U.N. As the largest contributor to the 193-member organization, the U.S. has long sought to pressure the U.N. to rein in spending. 

Trump, who has openly questioned the value of the U.N., has made skepticism of multi-national organizations a central component of his foreign policy. Trump has demanded European countries contribute more to NATO and has pressed allies in Asia and the Middle East to rely less on U.S. military might and spend more on their own security. 

Trump v. Thunberg: Is the UN moving on from Donald Trump?

Trump v. climate: Trump drops by UN climate summit, ditching initial plan to skip it

Trump v. world: Trump grapples with Ukraine scandal, other pitfalls at United Nations

Responding to reports of deep U.N. budget deficits, Trump returned to the theme. 

“So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!” he wrote Wednesday

U.N. officials say 129 countries have paid their 2019 dues, two-thirds of all members. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said that nearly $2 billion has been paid to the organization this year and that the outstanding balance for other countries amounts to another $1.3 billion. 

Dujarric described the financial situation as “the worst cash crisis facing the United Nations in nearly a decade” and said it “runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors.”  

Created in 1945 on the heels of World War II, the United Nations charter tasked the organization with ending conflict and human rights abuses. Its real power lies in the 15-member Security Council, which can authorize sanctions and military action.

The U.S. has quarreled with the U.N. for decades over funding. A U.S. mission official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions, said the U.S. paid $600 million to peacekeeping efforts this year and will pay “the vast majority of what we owe to the regular budget this fall, as we have in past years.”

But the longstanding tension has received renewed attention because of Trump, who once described the U.N. as “not a friend of democracy” and has consistently questioned multi-national efforts such as NATO and the annual G-7 and G-20 summits.   

Trump spent three days in New York last month for the annual U.N. General Assembly, pressing his case for sovereignty while also seeking support from allies to address a suspected Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia. Despite the international audience, Trump has used his U.N. addresses to speak more to domestic audiences. 

“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” Trump told his counterparts on Sept. 24. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations.”

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Carrie Underwood celebrates 11th anniversary of meeting husband Mike Fisher: ‘He is my match’

Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Country singer Carrie Underwood paid tribute to her handsome hubby Mike Fisher on the anniversary of the day they met, 11 years ago.

“11 years ago yesterday, I met the love of my life…patient, kind, the best dad, handsome, of course! Someone who accepts me and all my flaws…the same as me in many ways…opposite in some. But he is my match,” the “Cowboy Casanova” singer, 36, wrote.

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“A rare night out with amazing food and even more amazing company and conversation. Here’s to so many more years together. Love you, babe!”

The lovebirds celebrated their anniversary at Del Posto, an upscale Italian cuisine restaurant located in New York City.

“Love you babe you’re the best!!,” the former NHL player, 39, commented on his wife’s sweet post.

The duo celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary in July.

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Fisher shared a touching post where he referenced how fast time has flown during their marriage.

“9 years feels like 9 minutes!!!! Grateful to be on this journey with you @carrieunderwood!! Time sure does fly,” he wrote.

Underwood and Fisher were set up by friends and met at a backstage meet-and-greet after one of her concerts in 2008. They got engaged in December 2009.

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A year later, the “Love Wins” singer and professional retired athlete tied the knot in Greensboro, Georgia in July 2010.

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They have since became parents to two sons: Isaiah, 4, and Jacob, 8 months.

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Kate Middleton Knows Just What To Wear For Fall

Kate Middleton is ready for fall. 

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out Wednesday in the perfect autumn outfit for a visit to one of her patronages, the Natural History Museum in London. She paired a long-sleeved purple sweater by Warehouse with a pair of high-waisted olive culottes from Jigsaw, according to Town & Country

Kate accessorized with a small Chanel purse that matched both her sweater and her shoes, as well as an updated blond twist on her usual blowout.

The duchess stopped by the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the museum “to hear how it is championing and helping to protect UK wildlife,” according to a post on the Kensington Palace Instagram account. 

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“AMC staff work with colleagues from across the Natural History Museum to carry out a range of scientific research to study 🔬 how and why the UK’s wildlife is changing,” the palace captioned the photo of Kate, explaining the purpose of her visit.

“At the AMC today The Duchess viewed some of the Museum’s specimens and saw DNA sequencing 🧬 live in action,” the palace added.

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KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH via Getty Images The duchess speaks with Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum,  during her visit.

The solo outing comes just before Kate and Prince William head off on their official royal tour of Pakistan from Monday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Oct. 18.

This is the first time the couple will have traveled there, according to a statement from the palace about their trip, and it will be “the most complex tour undertaken by The Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations.”

The royals will not be bringing their children along on the tour, though they did get some quality time with Charlotte and George over the weekend at the Aston Villa vs. Norwich City soccer game. Aston Villa, William’s favorite team, won the match 5-1.

George looked like he had the time of his life, smiling and cheering on the team as well:

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Mindy Kaling Opens Up About Facing Sexism In Early Days Of ‘The Office’

Mindy Kaling didn’t get to where she is now (Emmy-nominated writer, best-selling memoirist, actress, comedian and pop culture icon, for the uninitiated) without overcoming some hardships at the start of her career. 

And, yeah, we have some questions. Number one: How dare you make “The Office” alum feel like she doesn’t belong in Hollywood? 

Speaking with Elle magazine for the Women in Hollywood November issue, Kaling revealed that while she was working on the beloved NBC sitcom as a  writer, executive producer and director ― not to mention starring in the show for years as Kelly Kapoor ― she had to fight to receive the same recognition as her colleagues. 

When the show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, Kaling, who was the only woman of color on the writing staff at the time, recounted how the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences dropped her from the list of producers credited on the show because there were too many. 

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“They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer,” she told the outlet. “I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.” 

Her efforts paid off, as she was ultimately included that year, though the show unfortunately didn’t take home any trophies. She was later nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her work on the “Niagra” episode, which features the wedding of fan-favorite characters Jim and Pam. 

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NBC via Getty Images Kaling as Kelly Kapoor in “The Office.”

Despite her success since then, including creating the series “The Mindy Project” and both writing and starring in the recent comedy “Late Night,” Kaling said she’s continually treated unfairly. 

“It really doesn’t matter how much money I have,” she told Elle. “I’m treated badly with enough regularity that it keeps me humble.”

Kaling added: “I am grateful, because I do think it keeps me feeling like an outsider, which is helpful as a writer.”

And if Kaling’s most recent Instagram is any indication, she remains unbothered by her outsider status and feels more comfortable than ever in her own skin.

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At This Camp, Children Of Opioid Addicts Learn To Cope And Laugh

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The lyrics of the Camp Mariposa song, “7 Cs,” are printed out on lanyards so new campers can sing along. “It helps me realize that I didn’t cause what happened to me,” one child said. “It makes me feel much better.” Kavitha Cardoza for NPR hide caption

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Editor’s note: To protect the anonymity of the children in this story, we are not using their names.

Children are often called the hidden casualties of the opioid epidemic. They carry a lot of secrets and shame.

The majority of children at Camp Mariposa in Dayton, Ohio, have parents who are addicted to opioids. The nonprofit group Eluna runs camps in 13 states, many of them in areas hardest hit by the opioid crisis. All of these children have experienced trauma, sometimes abuse and neglect, and a growing number are in foster care. These children often struggle to reconcile the loving parents they remember with who they have become.

One of them is 8-year-old C.

“When my sister and my brother were kids, my mother would actually beat them,” C says. “Like child abused them. My brother and sister were just screaming and crying. ‘Cause actually my mom holded my sisters and choked her, up to where her feet were off the ground. It made me feel mad at my mom. I still don’t forgive her, but I still love her.”

C’s mother lives in a different state and has lost custody of all four of her children. C lives with their grandmother.

These children often think they’re alone in their experiences, and Camp Mariposa allows them to connect with other children. Their lives are filled with uncertainty, but camp director Wendy Berkshire wants these preteens to know they do have power.

“To know they can’t control what’s going on in their life or their family, but they have all the power to control themselves and their emotions,” Berkshire says.

Protective influences

“Gently put the glitter in. There’s blue, purple, pink and white glitter,” Berkshire says as she teaches the kids to make mindfulness jars. They mix a few drops of food coloring to their glass jars that are filled with a mixture of water and glue. Then they add glitter.

The jar has a pretty simple idea behind it: When you shake it, your thoughts and feelings are like the glitter — agitated and all over the place. Stop shaking and the glitter settles down. You can, too. A, 12, stares at their jar.

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Children at Camp Mariposa are encouraged to share what’s going on in their homes and talk about their feelings. Later in this activity they learn how to move from the “red zone,” where they may be upset or sad, to the “green zone,” where they feel happy and calm. Some say they listen to music, draw or take a warm bath. Kavitha Cardoza for NPR hide caption

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“You can watch it go calm and it helps me breathe,” A says.

At Camp Mariposa, children are encouraged to share their feelings. B, 12, talks about coming home from a play date and being taken away to foster care. Since then B has been in several foster homes.

“When it happened again, I had a mental breakdown,” B says. “And I got anxiety and got depression.”

S wants to forget seeing their mother do drugs while pregnant.

“It made me upset because she almost made my brother die,” S says.

A shares that their mom has relapsed.

“She says it’s like a grip it has upon you,” A says. “She explained it to me and my brother, like if you really want to have a cupcake every single day and constantly. And if you didn’t have it, you’d feel really sick.”

Camp mentor Derek Fink hears painful stories all the time.

“These kids have experienced needles in their living room and having to call 911 to revive their parents,” Fink says. “Kids living in garages, peeing in buckets in the corner. Kids sticking up for their parents because they want them to do right. Kids watch their dads [overdose] and die, to raise their own brothers and sisters because there’s no parent in their life.”

Having caring adults such as Fink around is a way to boost protective influences in their lives. The children are paired with mentors they meet every month, either at camp or during weekend activities for at least a year. B says at camp they know they belong.

“Like, this is my home and … my other home at home is like a backup,” B says.

Children learn how to calm themselves down when they’re upset. They take healthy risks through activities such as horseback riding, and they sing the camp song: “I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, I can’t cure it.”

B loves the song.

“It helps me realize that I didn’t cause what happened to me and I used to think that all the time,” B says. “I used to be like, ‘I shouldn’t be here, I caused this.’ Now I realize that it wasn’t me and it makes me feel much better.”

Stolen childhood

These children have a higher risk of using drugs and entering the juvenile justice system. Brian Maus, the director of addiction prevention and mentoring programs at Eluna, says a three-year study with a team of researchers at Louisiana State University found both their main goals were being met: 95% of campers had never used a substance to get high, and 98% had no involvement in the juvenile justice system.

“Ultimately the goal is to break the cycle of addiction,” Maus says.

The camps are funded through government money and private donations, and the need is so great they are opening camps in five additional locations next year, including in Alaska and Texas. A second camp will open in Dayton.

Maus, who is a former therapist, says one of the best things about this camp is that kids can be giggly and goofy here. They pour too much syrup on their pancakes, yell about spotting a spider and are looking forward to a big camp party tonight, complete with a DJ and s’mores.

“I think the education is great. I think the connections are awesome,” Maus says. “But to let kids be kids? That’s it for me. The opioid epidemic really has stolen their childhood away.”

Letters to addiction

But before that, they need to tackle some difficult stuff.

The children have written “Letters to Addiction,” and they’re getting ready to read them out loud. The lights are dim and the children are uncharacteristically somber. C begins.

Dear Addiction,

Why do adults like you? When I am older I will be against you. You make me not like my mom and dad and its sad. You made my dad go to prison. I hate you.

D is next.

Dear Addiction,

You are my worst enemy. You took my dad from me, my stepdad, my aunt and about to be my uncle. So I just have to ask you a question: Can you please just go to hell?

Signed, a very sad kid.

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Berkshire, the camp director, and other mentors spend one-on-one time with campers. One child said they feel like this is their “real” home and the other home they live in full time is a “backup.” Kavitha Cardoza for NPR hide caption

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Berkshire, the camp director, and other mentors spend one-on-one time with campers. One child said they feel like this is their “real” home and the other home they live in full time is a “backup.”

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Another camper struggles to read their letter before breaking down.

I hate you so f*****g bad. I wish you wasn’t real. You hurt kids so bad.

Soon, everyone is crying. But it’s cathartic, and later on the children say this was the best part of camp.

Berkshire, the camp director, and all the mentors hug and high-five them as each child throws their letter into a fire pit. A lot of people say “I love you” and “You are so brave” and “I’m proud of you” as the children run off to play.

D, 10, is the last one. He throws his letter in and looks up, his big blue eyes filled with tears and says softly, “I miss my mom.”

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Mike Tomlin downplays rumored links to Washington Redskins head coaching job

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been one of the most prominent names to be linked to the suddenly open Washington Redskins coaching job after Jay Gruden was fired earlier this week.

Tomlin was asked about his interest in the job Tuesday but downplayed the rumors of him taking the position, saying he was more concerned about the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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“I’m not worried about that, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said, according to WTAE-TV. “You’re the first person to mention it to me in a public setting.”

Tomlin later added: “I’m the head coach of a 1-4 football team that’s going on the road to play a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback with my third quarterback. Do you think I’m worried about anything this week other than that?”

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Washington fired Gruden after five straight losses to start the season. Gruden was in the middle of his sixth season and only made the playoffs once during his tenure as head coach.

Tomlin’s name was almost immediately thrown out there. ESPN reported that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder had Tomlin on his short list of names to fill the position, though he’s still under contract with the Steelers.

Tomlin has appeared in two Super Bowls since taking the job in 2007, and won one title. He’s racked up 126 wins, 70 losses and one tie in his career.

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Pittsburgh is 1-4 to start the season and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being out for the season doesn’t help things.

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