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Russia faces wave of bankruptcies if interest rates don't fall

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:02
The pressure is building on Vladimir Putin: Russia will be hit by a wave of bankruptcies unless it cuts interest rates very soon, a top financial official warned Monday.

Brands that love LGBT the most

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:58
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Rupert Murdoch and Fox News draw massive online backlash for Muslim comments

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:44
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Ford unveils 600-horsepower GT supercar

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:43
Ford unveiled a new version of its iconic GT supercar, shaking up the market for exotic performance cars.

Does Islam encourage violence?

CNN World - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:30
Even as the vast majority of Muslims condemn terrorism, the frequency and cruelty of the assaults have led many people to ask sharp questions about Islam.
Categories: International News

China air rage: Passengers open emergency exits

CNN World - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:18
Chinese-style air rage is now served both hot and cold.
Categories: International News

You can order Girl Scout cookies online, but there's a catch

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:16
Girl Scout cookie fans can finally order their Samoas online, but it looks like the scouts could still learn a thing or two from Amazon.

Fans melt down over Cadbury Creme Egg change

CNN World - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:13
The makers of Cadbury Creme Eggs are walking on eggshells with fans of the beloved Easter treat after a recent tweak in the recipe.
Categories: International News

Teen's forced chemo continues

Health - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:04
Categories: Health

Identical triplets born

Health - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 11:03
Categories: Health

Jaguar announces a new SUV

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:35
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Stars on the red carpet

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:22
Categories: Entertainment News

If you didn't watch, here's what you missed

CNN Entertainment - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:21
Check out the best moments from this year's Golden Globe Awards.
Categories: Entertainment News

Suitcase secrets: Inside other people's luggage

CNN - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:20
Categories: National News

Explosives strapped to girl kill 20 people at Nigerian market

CNN World - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:14
Explosives strapped to a girl detonated at a crowded marketplace in Nigeria, killing at least 20 people and injuring 18 others, according to police.
Categories: International News

Volvo to be first to export Chinese cars to U.S.

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:04
Volvo will become the first major global automaker to export cars from China to the United States, the company said Monday.

Clooney: 'We will not walk in fear'

Business News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:54
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Money on their minds

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:51


OKLAHOMA CITY – Walt White owns eight International Professional Rodeo Association tie-down roping world championships.

He won’t win No. 9 this year, but he is still happy to be part of the field at International Finals Rodeo 45, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Jim Norick State Fair Arena.

“I’m just going to have fun and try to win as much money as I can,” said White, 43, of Ochelata, Okla., the 15th ranked tie-down roper. “I’m going to try to go out with a bang. I haven’t won the IFR average since the first one I was at; I think it would be cool to win the average at the last one.”

IFR2014LogoRedDateWhite figures this will be his last appearance at the IFR. He’s made more than a dozen trips to Oklahoma City for the championship over the years, winning gold buckles in 1992, ’93, ’95, ’97-2000 and ’03.

“I’m going to be the oldest one there this year,” White said of the tie-down roping field of 15 contestants. “It’s time to slow down. Except for the All-Region Finals (in Lexington, Ky.), Marshfield (Mo.) is the furthest one I went to. I didn’t go more than four hours from the house.”

While White is slowing down, Chance Hays is just getting started. This week marks his second qualification to the IFR – he also earned the trip in tie-down roping two seasons ago – and sits 13th in the world standings.

“It means a lot for me to make the IFR,” said Hays, a Bristow, Okla., cowboy who also makes his living as a Western artist. “I’m from Oklahoma, and having the finals in Oklahoma City and getting to compete against other talent from all over is an honor.”

That talent is quite capable. Four-time reigning world champion Justin Thigpen of Waycross, Ga., leads the race for the gold buckle with more than $20,000 in earnings. He owns a $3,500 lead over Canadian Cody Mousseau of Aylmer, Ontario.

Neither White nor Hays has a shot at the world title, but they have as good a chance as any roper in the game to win the coveted average title.

“My goal is to make the best runs I can make and see how much I can win,” Hays said. “I got a real late start this year. I’m riding a young horse this year, but next year I’ll have my good horse back, and I’m going to try to win the world championship.”

Both titles are something breakaway roper Jenna Lee Hays has her eyes on. The Weatherford, Okla., cowgirl is fourth in the world standings but is about $5,000 behind leader Amanda Stewart of Mt. Ulla, N.C. This is just the fourth IFR that has featured breakaway roping, which is just fine for Hays.

Of course, it helps that the IPRA has financial support from a variety of sponsors, Love’s Country Store, RAM Trucks, Tener’s, Graham’s, Oxbow Tack, OG&E, Langston’s, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Harrison Manufacturing.

“I think it’s really exciting that they’ve added breakaway roping,” said Hays, who is an assistant coach for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team in her hometown of Weatherford. “It’s something that all the breakaway ropers really look forward to, to have an association like that to put breakaway roping in their finals.”

This marks the third time in four years she has qualified for the IFR.

“When the season starts, my goal is to make the IFR,” Hays said. “The roping gets pretty fast there. My goal when I get to the IFR is that I focus more on the average than the rounds. I’m more focused on being consistent. I won a round and the average in my first qualification.

“Just being consistent is the key. I just try to rope every calf the same. It doesn’t matter if he’s fast or slow; you just have to do the same things every run to have success.”

Finding a way to be successful inside Jim Norick Arena is the target of every contestant in the field of 126 cowboys and cowgirls. They’ve earned the right to be in Oklahoma City this week, and now they want to show everyone why.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Students return after Taliban school massacre

CNN World - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:32
The army school in Peshawar, Pakistan that was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban reopens on today. CNN's Michelle Stockman reports.
Categories: International News
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