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Iraqi vet who's seen it all: ISIS in Mosul to stay

CNN World - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:29
We had just finished up our shoot in Al-Makasib Girls' Elementary School in Baghdad's Saadoun neighbourhood and were loading the gear into the car when a man sitting in a wheelchair across the courtyard beckoned to me.
Categories: International News

U.N.: Eritrea violating human rights on massive scale

CNN World - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:29
The government of Eritrea is responsible for "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations, forcing hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the country," according to a United Nations investigation.
Categories: International News

Trevor Noah's Twitter account was not vetted, Viacom executive says

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:28
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Baby koala won't leave mom during her surgery

CNN World - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:23
It's no surprise a baby wouldn't want to let go of his mama while she underwent emergency surgery.
Categories: International News

Is this the tool the prisoners used to escape?

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:23
CNN's Stephanie Elam takes a look at potential power tools that could have been used by David Sweat and Richard Matt who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility.
Categories: National News

Iconic gunmaker Colt is on the brink of bankruptcy

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:16
Colt, the iconic American gunmaker, could be bankrupt within days.

America's bond king wants to borrow 'a quintillion dollars'

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:08
Even the bond king is weirded out by the market these days.

Is White House fence jumper getting a pass?

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:05
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence Omar Gonzalez, who scaled a White House fence in September, to almost two years in prison.
Categories: National News

15 facts about sea level rise

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:04
I'm recently back from the Marshall Islands -- one of the low-lying Pacific island nations that literally could be wiped off the map by climate change and rising seas.
Categories: National News

Rangers ready for college finals

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:01

ALVA, Okla. – For every individual accomplishment in college rodeo, there sits a long list of others on the team who are part of every honor, every award.

That’s been a vital part of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team’s run through the 2014-15 season and why the Rangers women claimed the Central Plains Region championship. Now they hope that carries over into a solid run during next week’s College National Finals Rodeo, set for June 14-20 in Casper, Wyo.

Stockton Graves

Stockton Graves

“I like our girls’ chances a lot at Casper,” said Stockton Graves, a Northwestern alumnus who coaches the Rangers. “The girls were really focused this year on winning the region. They’re really focused on trying to win a national title, too.

“Maybe in the past, that hasn’t been the goal with the girls. It’s always been my goal, but this year it’s their goal, too.”

The women are paced by two goat-tiers, junior Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., and senior Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., who finished first and second, respectively, in the region standings.

Shayna Miller

Shayna Miller

They will be joined by a pair of breakaway ropers, senior Karley Kile of Overbrook, Kan., and freshman Sammi McGuire of Backus, Minn., who both finished out of the top three automatic qualifications but still earned the right to compete at the college finale since the team finished among the top two in the region and Kile and McGuire were among the top 30 percent in the breakaway standings.

“Karley just got bumped out of making the college finals on her own at the last rodeo,” Graves said. “That’s the thing about having a good women’s team; we had girls that get to know the college finals were within reach.”

The women’s team will be joined by two from the men’s team, senior header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., and freshman steer wrestler Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah. Richards finished second among regional headers, while Allred was third.

Karley Kile

Karley Kile

“I thought we should’ve qualified more men this year,” Graves said. “We just didn’t take advantage of the situations. Bubba (Allred) did. Dalton’s been strong all year. I was really glad to see Dalton make it. He’s been fourth the last few years and couldn’t quite get over the hump. I was very proud of him for doing that.

“This year had probably the toughest group of steer wrestlers in this region since I’ve been coaching. For Bubba to come in as a freshman and do good says something for him. He’s a good kid and works hard, and I like his attitude.”

A men’s team title is unlikely with just two qualifiers, but Graves still has high expectations for the duo.

“I set the goals for them pretty high,” he said. “The odds are that two guys aren’t going to win a national title, but that shouldn’t be their goal anyway. I think they should try to win a national title for themselves. We have yet to have a national champion from here in Alva, and that’s our goal. I want those kids to compete well.”

That also will be the key for the Rangers women. Miller and Barnes dominated the goat tying in the region – Miller scored 1,005 points, while Barnes was a close second at 900; she was 225 ahead of the third-place cowgirl.

“Shayna coming in as a junior transfer was very important to our team, but we knew she would do good,” Graves said. “She came in like the rest of them; she was focused and worked hard at it and has accomplished what she wanted to do so far. She was a great asset to the team, but she didn’t win the regional title on her own.

“For Lauren, she just missed he college finals as a freshman. That motivated her a lot to do better and work harder. Lauren’s always been a hard worker. Part of maturing is learning how to win.”

The Rangers have done that quite a bit over the season. That experience, and the right mentality, will help them in Casper.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Crows can count, and chimps know when they ace a test

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:00
Crows can count, and chimps know when they've nailed a test, according to two new studies that say our animal friends may be smarter than we once thought.
Categories: National News

Prison break shatters peace in upstate New York towns

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:59
A pair of convicted murderers who escaped from a nearby prison were all the talk at Melissa's Barber Shop in the upstate New York hamlet of West Chazy.
Categories: National News

Avian flu

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:58
Categories: National News

Service dog hit by bus trying to save blind owner

CNN - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:49
A service dog who leaped between his owner and an oncoming bus is recovering in a New York veterinary clinic after the incident on Monday.
Categories: National News

Cartier boss says rising inequality will spark class war

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:47
The billionaire chairman of one of the world's biggest luxury groups is losing a lot of sleep over rising inequality and the destruction of the middle class.

Wells Fargo's gay couple ad sparks evangelist protest

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:46
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How to get a raise at the new manager-free Zappos

Business News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:43
A job may offer a lot of things: purpose, prestige, perks. But for most people, the biggest thing a job offers is a paycheck.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing

CNN World - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 10:24
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate's apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician.
Categories: International News
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