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North Korea digs tunnels to South?

CNN World - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:27
General Hahn Sung-Chu never believed North Korea could dig a tunnel to Seoul - until now. He says three tunnels have been detected.
Categories: International News

Rumford returns to circuit finals

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:10

DUNCAN, Okla. – Much has changed in the life of Justin Rumford over the past two years.

Since he last worked the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in October 2012, Rumford twice has been honored as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Clown of the Year. His triplets were born in September 2013.

He returns to this year’s championship – set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16-Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan – with a whole new legacy, both in and out of the arena.

Justin Rumford

Justin Rumford

“This clowning deal is the best thing I’ve ever had,” said Rumford, who grew up in a rodeo family at Abbyville, Kan. “It’s something in rodeo that I can have a lot of longevity in. There’s not just a ton of risk, and it’s something I enjoy so much.”

It’s as if he finally found his niche. There isn’t much in the sport of rodeo that he hasn’t done, from bullfighting to picking up to working as a flankman to riding broncs. He’s roped and bulldogged. He’s driven thousands of miles with bucking beasts loaded behind him.

These days, though, he totes his young family with him from one rodeo to another. He and his wife, Ashley, make sure the triplets are a big part of everything they do.

“This year’s been way better,” he said. “Last year was really hard, because Ashley goes with me and takes care of everything for me; she couldn’t go last year because of the triplets.”

That’s definitely changed. In fact, the Rumford clan has worked several events in the Prairie Circuit, the ProRodeo region made up of events and contestants primarily from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. This summer, Justin Rumford has worked rodeos in North Platte, Neb.; Kansas events in Strong City, Pretty Prairie, Dodge City and Coffeyville; and Oklahoma stops in Elk City, Altus and his hometown of Ponca City.

In addition to being the reigning two-time clown of the year, Rumford also was named the 2013 Coors Man in the Can for his work as a barrelman. It’s the all-encompassing aspect of the cowboy’s life as one of the premier entertainers in rodeo.

“I’ve been involved in rodeo my whole life,” he said. “I’ve never done anything else, and I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I’ve always wanted to be successful. A (few) years ago when I started this venture, I knew if I worked really hard and tried really hard that I could get to the top in a hurry.”

He’s there, and he has the opportunity to play before the crowd in Duncan for the second time in three years.

“People want to laugh at each other more than they want to laugh at something,” Rumford said. “When I’m in the arena, I’m saying the same stuff I’d say if I wasn’t clowning.

“It’s just me being me.”

He is a three-time circuit finals qualifier in steer wrestling. He worked the finale in 2011 and 2012. Last October’s Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo marked the first time in Rumford’s life he hasn’t been part of the championship.

“It’s something I’ve always done,” said Rumford, who also worked the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2013. “I’ve flanked bucking horses there, been the chute boss, flanked and untied calves. I’ve made the full circle.

“I just feel blessed to do something I love this much.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Verizon drops plan to throttle data hogs

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:58
When Verizon announced plans in July to throttle the connections of data-hungry customers, federal regulators cried foul. Now, Verizon is backing down.

How to find out if your used iPhone has been stolen

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:57
Buying a used iPhone can be a shady process.

Ford shares shift into reverse

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:44
Is the honeymoon already over for new Ford CEO Mark Fields?

Draghi gives Europe 1 trillion euros

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:16
Mario Draghi threw one trillion euros at Europe's faltering economy Thursday and told people to stop blaming the central bank for the hardship they feel.

Federal workers lose big by pulling out of low-cost retirement plans

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:16
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History of Ebola outbreaks

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:40
Here's some background information about Ebola, a virus with a high fatality rate that was first identified in Africa in 1976.
Categories: National News

Opinion.: A tragedy of errors

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:39
Running at full speed since the summer, a lab with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testing blood samples collected by American hospitals on patients they suspected of having Ebola, has returned a negative result in every case. Until Tuesday.
Categories: National News

Your #Ebola questions answered

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:37
Thomas Eric Duncan traveled from Liberia to Texas, before testing positive for Ebola. The first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. has raised many questions and concerns, which CNN has been responding to on social media using the hashtag #EbolaQandA. We'll continue to answer them online and on TV, but here are some of your most frequently asked questions:
Categories: National News

Can Ebola go airborne?

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:33
Today, the Ebola virus spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, such as blood and vomit. But some of the nation's top infectious disease experts worry that this deadly virus could mutate and be transmitted just by a cough or a sneeze.
Categories: National News

Payday lender cancels over $350 million in debt

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:31
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How the Ebola virus spreads

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:30
Yes, Ebola is a scary infectious disease. But the first thing you should know is that it's not very contagious -- the virus isn't spread through the air via coughs or sneezes like the common cold. It's spread through frequent contact with bodily fluids and can be spread only by someone who is showing symptoms.
Categories: National News

Guns welcome at these restaurants

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:22
Lauren Boebert, mother of four and owner of the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., didn't plan on becoming the poster girl for open-carry gun laws.

'Osama bin Laden' campaigns in Brazil

CNN World - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:44
In Brazilian elections, candidates turn to oddball campaign ads to grab voters' attention. Shasta Darlington reports.
Categories: International News

9 coolest space Twitter accounts

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:44
Categories: National News

Graham suspect investigated in '03

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:41
The man charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was also investigated for alleged sexual assault when he was in college over a decade ago.
Categories: National News

9 ways to get to know the Bronx

CNN - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:33
About 8.4 million people can rightfully call themselves New Yorkers, according to 2013 census data. There are no official numbers to back this up, but it'd be a pretty solid bet to say that an awful lot of them have never spent much time exploring the Bronx beyond Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and maaayyybe going out for a plate of manicotti and some tiramisu on Arthur Avenue.
Categories: National News

Coke and Pepsi launch competing green stevia sodas

Business News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:32
The biggest soda companies in the world are locking horns with new low-calorie drinks that share a common ingredient: stevia, a plant used as a sweetener.

Meet the risktakers in Hong Kong

CNN World - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:31
For now, the Hong Kong demonstrations still have a largely festive atmosphere. But underneath runs a gamut of feelings -- optimism and fear, confusion and exhaustion, determination and frustration.
Categories: International News
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