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The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas

Health - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:34
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Categories: Health

Scheer finishes 2014 strong

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:30

LAS VEGAS – Cort Scheer entered the 2014 National Finals Rodeo with hopes of a world championship.

Instead, he pocketed more than $93,000 over the 10 days of ProRodeo’s grand championship event and left Las Vegas with a big piece of disappointment. How can that be?

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

He needed $10,000 more.

Instead, he finished the season No. 2 in the world standings with $195,586, $9,800 behind world champion Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah. It was a fantastic finish for the gold buckle, and it came down to the final round to decide the champion.

Scheer, 28, of Elsmere, Neb., placed in five go-rounds, including a first-round victory. He also finished second in the average behind Wright – they were the only two men to ride all 10 horses; it marked the second straight season Scheer finished second in the average and rode all 10 broncs at the NFR. By finishing with 764 cumulative points, he added $39,537 in average money.

Scheer, who attended Montana State University, Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University on rodeo scholarships, had a strong NFR. The main difference between first and second was their payoffs in the average. Still Wright – who brought his bronc riding family their fourth gold buckle, joining big brothers Cody (2) and Jesse – earned more than $145,000 in Sin City.

None of that takes away from the exceptional season Scheer had in 2014. In the PRCA alone, he had eight event titles, including big-rodeo victories in Pendleton, Ore., and Denver. He also added championships at Cinch Shoot-Outs throughout the season.

That all added up to a great way to make a living on the backs of bucking horses. But that’s what fans have come to expect of Scheer, who has been among the top 5 in the final world standings each of the past two seasons. He has consistently been one of ProRodeo’s elite bronc riders – the only season in which he hasn’t made the NFR came in 2011 when he suffered a knee injury and finished 25th.

Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but he’s proven a gold buckle is within reach.

Now he just needs to grasp it.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

No. 20 Bulldogs Rally Past ULL To Claim Best Start In School History

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:30
LAFAYETTE, La. – No. 20/21 Mississippi State made it officially the best start in women's basketball program history with a 66-51 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Reddit takes down Sony hack forum

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:27
In a rare decision, Reddit has taken down a forum that housed links to hacked Sony Pictures documents.

New York Times closes out rough 2014

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:01
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Creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' dies

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:41
Norman Bridwell, the creator of "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died, according to his publisher, Scholastic.
Categories: Entertainment News

Viola Davis in 'Suicide Squad'?

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:30
There's another casting rumor going around about "Suicide Squad," and this one involves Viola Davis.
Categories: Entertainment News

Alcatraz escapees could have lived, study says

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:29
On June 11, 1962, three Alcatraz inmates -- John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris -- attempted to leave the infamous San Francisco Bay island prison. They may have made it, says study by Dutch researchers.
Categories: National News

'The Simpsons': 25 random facts

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:28
When crudely drawn animated shorts about a dysfunctional American family began appearing on Fox's "The Tracey Ullman Show" in 1987, nobody predicted the birth of a cultural phenomenon.
Categories: Entertainment News

Mystery man among 5 freed in historic U.S.-Cuba deal

CNN World - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:06
Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba announced Wednesday.
Categories: International News

Oprah-approved startup raises $6.25 million

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 14:03
When you're one of Oprah's favorite things, you're bound to get a boost. For The Skimm, that's coming in the form of $6.25 million in funding.

Harris Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:45
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Another week, another honor for MSU volleyball's Payton Harris. After being named to the AVCA All-Region team last week, the Bulldog freshman was tabbed AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, the group announced Wednesday.

The yearbook pic they didn't want you to see

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:35
A high school senior's yearbook picture includes her two great loves: her dog and hunting. CNN affiliate WTEN has more.
Categories: National News

Russian ruble crisis: Don't panic like it's 1998

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:24
The financial chaos in Russia is giving investors flashbacks to the summer of 1998.

The promise for American businesses if Cuba sanctions are lifted

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:58
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Stampede tabbed rodeo of the year

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:51
Members of the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo committee pose with dignitaries during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, where the committee was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association small rodeo of the year. Pictured are, from left, Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson, Bob Morton, Dawn Petty, David Petty and Steve Miller with Montana Silversmiths.

Members of the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo committee pose with dignitaries during an awards ceremony on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, where the committee was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association small rodeo of the year. Pictured are, from left, Miss Rodeo America Paige Nicholson, Bob Morton, Dawn Petty, David Petty and Steve Miller with Montana Silversmiths.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – David Petty was in shock and couldn’t think of the words to say; his wife, Dawn, couldn’t stop crying. Bob Morton just grinned and took it all in.

Their hearts and souls – countless man-hours – have gone into the labor of love they call the Will Rogers Stampede. Claremore’s rodeo had just been named the 2014 small rodeo of the year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, determined by a vote of the organization’s membership and announced during the PRCA’s annual awards banquet on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“This is a tremendous honor for us,” said Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that organizes the rodeo every Memorial Day weekend. “We have a small group of people who work really hard every year to put on this rodeo for our community.

“Two years ago, we hired Pete Carr and his crew to produce the rodeo, and that’s made a major difference in the rodeo. It feels like all our years of hard work are paying off, and the people of Rogers County and surrounding areas can enjoy a world-class rodeo right here in Claremore, Oklahoma. It’s humbling to share this national spotlight with the Daddy of ’em All, Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, and rodeos like Deadwood (S.D.) Days and the San Antonio Stock Show.”

PRCA members felt the same way. Rodeos are classified in four categories: small, medium, large and large indoor. The small-rodeo category encompasses more than 400 PRCA rodeos nationwide and allows the smaller committees to be judged with events of the same size.

“We’ve been blessed to have produced that rodeo the last couple of years,” said Pete Carr, owner of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. “That’s one of the hardest working committees in rodeo, and I’m glad to see they were recognized this year. Those people have earned that award.”

Carr was nominated for stock contractor of the year, while other pieces of the 2014 Stampede also were recognized: Sandy Gwatney was nominated for secretary of the year, while entertainer John Harrison earned the Coors Man in the Can and the Comedy Act of the Year awards.

Days later, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Lauren Heaton became the first Oklahoma cowgirl to be crowned Miss Rodeo America; she, too, was part of the pageantry that is the Will Rogers Stampede.

“Claremore was part of my 10-day Oklahoma run,” she said. “That’s such a great rodeo that had John and Sandy Gwatney working with Pete Carr; all three of them are working the finals. John Harrison was the clown there.

“That shows me that Claremore is putting on a phenomenal rodeo. They know what they need to do and where they need to be headed. I’m really excited to see Claremore win that award.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Russia has cash to prevent economic collapse

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45
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Russia iPhone prices have fallen 34% this year

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:22
If you want a good deal on an iPhone, get to Russia now.

Alan Gross freed, U.S. and Cuba strike historic deal

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:21
U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN.
Categories: National News
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