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Biden says use of term 'shylock' was a poor choice

CNN - 7 hours 51 sec ago
Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday his use of the term "shylock," which some consider anti-Semitic, was "a poor choice of words."
Categories: National News

'Mockingjay -- Part I' gets official trailer

CNN Entertainment - 7 hours 5 min ago
On Monday, fans eager for more Katniss Everdeen got a sneak peek of the heroine in action in the first official trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part I."
Categories: Entertainment News

Robin Thicke: 'I was high and drunk'

CNN Entertainment - 7 hours 9 min ago
Summer 2013 was blurry for Robin Thicke, according to what the "Blurred Lines" singer told lawyers in April.
Categories: Entertainment News

Odile slams Mexican resorts

CNN World - 7 hours 18 min ago
The once-powerful Hurricane Odile weakened to a tropical storm as it worked its way across the Baja California peninsula early Tuesday.
Categories: International News

Adrian Peterson causes chaos for fantasy football

Business News - 7 hours 29 min ago
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Cranston's one-man show

CNN Entertainment - 7 hours 47 min ago
Bryan Cranston performs a one-man show for TBS MLB Postseason. See more here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BleacherRepor
Categories: Entertainment News

A BlackBerry ... designed by Porsche

Business News - 8 hours 12 min ago
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Top 20 colleges with most billionaire alumni

Business News - 8 hours 17 min ago
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Labor gets rare South win at American Airlines

Business News - 8 hours 18 min ago
Organized labor has won a rare victory in the South.

Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children

Lifestyles - 8 hours 38 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

More than 70,000 children end up in emergency departments each year after getting their hands on medicines left within reach. That's 165 kids -- or roughly four busloads of kids -- per day. Far too often, that medicine belonged to a grandparent.

Where are young children getting their hands on medicines? From countertops and bedside tables, purses and pockets, and loose pills on tables or floors. Weekly pill minders can help you keep track of multiple medications, but they rarely have child-resistant features so a curious child can't get into the colorful medicines stored inside.

"Grandparents and parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach or see them," says Dr. Dan Budnitz, director of the Medication Safety Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "A few simple steps -- followed every time -- can protect our children."

So, grandparents, enjoy your precious time with your young grandchildren. But whether hosting them in your house or visiting at theirs, remember to store your medicines in a place they cannot access. Here are some tips from CDC's "Up and Away and Out of Sight" initiative:

* Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place inaccessible to your grandchildren. If you think you may forget to take your medicines if they are not in sight, leave yourself a reminder on the refrigerator or somewhere you check daily.

* Never leave medicine or vitamins out on a counter or bedside table, even if you have to take the medicine again in a few hours.

* Always relock the safety cap on a medicine bottle. If it has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click.

* Never tell children medicine is candy so they'll take it, even if your grandchild does not like to take his or her medicine.

* Keep purses, bags or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of reach and sight of young children.

* Program the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your phone so you have it in case of emergency.

Visit UpandAway.org for more tips on safe medicine storage.

Smartphone to Become Wallet -- Are Customers, Businesses Ready?

Lifestyles - 8 hours 40 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - Much is being made of Apple's announcement of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch. Overshadowed by this, however, was the introduction of Apple Pay -- a technology touting an easier way to pay for goods and services using mobile devices. But is this too much too soon -- even for Apple?

Coming on the heels of this month's massive credit card breach at Home Depot, it is clear that credit card companies need to rethink how consumers' personal information is handled.

Relying on near field communication (NFC), Apple Pay will link a consumer's mobile phone with retail stores that are NFC-enabled. NFC technology has been praised for its security and convenience, but analysts argue that mobile payments will suffer because consumers are not yet comfortable paying with their phone, and merchants are finding that using NFC technology is more expensive than the traditional debit and credit card system.

For concerned individuals, they need only look to the horizon. Launching on Nov. 15, a company called MovoCash will address the gaps left by NFC technology.

"MovoCash is a transformative way to think about payments," says Eric Solis, CEO and founder of the company. "What we're doing is serving as a convergence technology designed to help consumers bridge the gap between old-world payment systems and new technological advances."

MovoCash, according to Solis, is a bank-agnostic payments platform that allows consumers to link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported banks. Any bank account or credit or debit card in your wallet can be used to load a MovoCash account, eliminating the direct link required by conventional NFC technology.

What this means is that there is no direct link between the merchant and consumers' personal credit or banking information. Should the MovoPlastic card get hacked, the dummy number on the card will not reveal any personal information. It can be loaded with as much (or as little) money as desired. Additionally, the company's redemption technology differentiates it from Venmo and PayPal by unlocking P2P (peer to peer) payments for immediate merchant purchases.

"We believe MovoCash addresses consumers' desire for a more integrated payment experience using a mobile device without changing their comfort level of using a mag stripe on the back of a plastic card," says Solis.

For more information on this innovative technology, visit www.movocash.com.

IOS 8 is here: How to get it -- and whether you should

Business News - 9 hours 3 min ago
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Rangers preparing for season opener

Twisted Rodeo - 9 hours 4 min ago

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team has spent weeks preparing for the upcoming season.

The practice is about to be put to the test with the first event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Central Plains Region, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Cherokee, Okla., just a stone’s throw from the Alva campus.

Stockton Graves

Stockton Graves

“One of the rodeo programs dropped its program this year, and no other program wanted to pick it up,” said Stockton Graves, Northwestern’s rodeo coach. “We are doing this as a favor to the region so that we can have 10 region rodeos.

“We are still going to have our own rodeo later this fall in Alva. We knew it was going to be tough on our great sponsors to have two of them in Alva in the fall, so we opted to put one in Cherokee. I think it’s very doable.”

The Central Plains Region features four fall rodeos and six in the spring. That’s why Graves and his team agreed to have the Cherokee Rodeo hosted by NWOSU.

“I think we could’ve very easily put on a rodeo in Alva in both the fall and spring, but since the region wanted to keep the number of rodeos the same in each semester, we’re basically going to have two rodeos around here in the fall,” Graves said. “I got as close as I could to where both Alva and Cherokee could both benefit. It’s a great facility. This is really for the kids so they could have 10 rodeos instead of nine, and we’ve had a good response from both Alva and Cherokee.”

Northwestern’s traditional rodeo will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Alva. Because the rodeo team hosts both events, that means a lot of work by the by team members to get everything ready for the other programs that will be part of the competition.

“We’re excited to get things started, and I’m sure the kids are ready,” Graves said. “I’m really excited about the upcoming season. We got a really good recruiting class and a lot of talented kids coming in. I think combined with our returning cowboys and cowgirls, we’re going to have a good mix.”

The list of returners includes three qualifiers from the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo: steer wrestler Steven Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, and goat-tiers Karly Kile of Topeka, Kan., and Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz. Culling finished third at the national championship, while Barnes placed third in the CNFR’s final go-round to end her season on a high note.

“From what I’ve seen so far, I think we have a very solid team, and I have expectations for us to be in the hunt for the regional titles at the end of the season,” Graves said.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

China blacks out CNN's report

CNN World - 9 hours 13 min ago
The Chinese government blacked out CNN's signal during a report on a crackdown on Christians in Eastern China.
Categories: International News

Colleges to benefit from challenge

Twisted Rodeo - 9 hours 13 min ago

STILLWATER, Okla. – The focus of any college program is to better prepare students for life off campus.

With that thought in mind, organizers of the Colt Starting Challenge USA have teamed together with a few select colleges and universities to bring its competition to their communities in order to showcase true horse trainers with this inventive competition.

“Our competitions are also a way to showcase a way of starting colts and young horses, and we wanted to make it an opportunity for college equine programs to experience it and be part of it,” said Russell Beatty, founder of Colt Starting Challenge USA. “We want the colleges to benefit from this experience, too.”

There will be four challenges throughout the fall semester, with the next taking place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Oklahoma State University’s Animal Science Arena on the west edge of campus.

“This is a new deal for us,” said Dr. Steven Cooper, associate professor in animal science and the head of the equine teaching program in Stillwater, Okla. “What we’re excited about is it’s going to be a little different. He’s reserving a couple of spots for college students to compete.”

The Colt Starting Challenge features several horse trainers working with colts or young horses that have had limited handling. None of the animals will have been saddled nor bridled, then the trainers will utilize natural horsemanship methods to work their animals over the course of the two-day, judged competition.

At the conclusion of their few hours of working with the horses, the trainers will then ride the horses through a series of obstacles to show how these animals work in a short amount of time with focused training that centers around the animals’ instincts and personalities.

“One reason we’re involved is because we have an equine program, and our bread and butter is that we start colts under a saddle,” said Jake Walker, who, with Jake Lawson, are agriculture equine instructors and rodeo coaches at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. “It’s always an interest of us being a small junior college that anytime we can get equine folks on our campus, we try to focus on that.”

The Connors State challenge will take place Oct. 3-4 at the Fred Williams Indoor Arena on the school’s campus. The final collegiate event will be Oct. 24-25 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

“We also have an annual festival here in Warner, and we’ve been asked to be part of that for years,” Walker said. “We’re actually going to host the Colt Starting Challenge with the Warner Cowchip Day. That will be going on downtown, then we’ll host the competition.

“We want to get the people to campus to show off our programs, and we’re using it as a community effort with the cowchip day.”

Each school has its own reasons for hosting the events, but it comes down to showcasing their own programs. That works well with the basic premise of the Colt Starting Challenge USA.

“This is a fund-raiser for the OSU Horseman’s Association,” Cooper said. “That’s a group of undergraduate students that are active both on and off campus working with certain aspects of the community.”

While some schools are using the format as a fund-raiser, Connors State will focus raising awareness.

“We just want to get our name and our programs out there,” Walker said. “We are letting people know we’re here and that students can earn an education here while being involved in equine.”

Colleges to benefit from challenge

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Judging by inflation, it's good to be American

Business News - 9 hours 15 min ago
Here's one thing Americans can cross off their worry list: inflation.

Scotland: 8 reasons to be proud

CNN World - 9 hours 21 min ago
It's almost mandatory that articles about Scotland open by waxing lyrical about the land of tartan, bagpipes and heather.
Categories: International News

See biker get revenge on litterbugs

CNN - 9 hours 21 min ago
Biker throws trash at litterbugs caught red-handed. But is her story garbage? CNN's Jeanne Moos sorts through the trash.
Categories: National News

Rihanna slams CBS

CNN Entertainment - 9 hours 26 min ago
After a dust-up last week, Rihanna says she doesn't want her performance of the song "Run This Town" to air on "Thursday Night Football" this week.
Categories: Entertainment News

Kanye fires back over wheelchair incident

CNN Entertainment - 9 hours 27 min ago
Kanye West has fired back at those criticizing him for an awkward incident involving a wheelchair-bound concertgoer.
Categories: Entertainment News

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