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Favorite Howard Stern caller dies

CNN Entertainment - 5 hours 57 min ago
Eric "The Actor" Lynch, who became a celebrity among celebrities by calling in to Howard Stern's radio show, died Saturday, his manager said.
Categories: Entertainment News

Rodeo stars coming to Hempstead

Twisted Rodeo - 5 hours 59 min ago

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Texas stars are big and bright, and they’re going to shine during Hempstead’s rodeo.

Many of the top ProRodeo athletes are expected to be part of the lineup at this year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2-Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.

Cooper Davis rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's One Bad Cat for 90 points to win the 2013 Waller County Fair and Rodeo's bull riding title. Davis is one of many NFR qualifiers who have done well at the Hempstead rodeo. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

Cooper Davis rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s One Bad Cat for 90 points to win the 2013 Waller County Fair and Rodeo’s bull riding title. Davis is one of many NFR qualifiers who have done well at the Hempstead rodeo. (PHOTO BY JAMES PHIFER)

Those stars will be made up of world champions and other elite cowboys and cowgirls in the sport. They’ll share the arena with some of rodeo’s greatest animal athletes from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which has been recognized as one of the greatest livestock firms in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

“Pete Carr has the greatest string of bucking horses and bulls in all of rodeo,” said Clint Sciba, president of the Waller County Fair Board. “He’s been nominated as stock contractor of the year in the PRCA each of the last two years, and there’s a good reason for that. He brings the best animals to our rodeo and puts on a great production.

“When we made the decision to be a ProRodeo, we knew he was the stock contractor we wanted to put on our rodeo. Now our fans know they will see something great each of the three nights of our rodeo. That’s great for everyone involved.”

Carr pulls out all the stops when it comes to making a fantastic production. The Waller County rodeo will feature several nominees for 2014 PRCA end-of-the-year awards: Cody Sosebee, up for Clown of the Year; Sandy Gwatney, up for Secretary of the Year; and Andy Stewart, one of five finalists for Announcer of the Year.

On top of that, Carr has a fantastic herd of bucking animals. Last year, 27 Carr animals were selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s year-end championship. Only the top 300 animals in the PRCA are selected on a vote by the top contestants in each of the three roughstock events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.

“The reason Pete’s rodeos are so tough is because he has so many great horses,” said Richmond Champion, a 2014 NFR qualifier and bareback riding winner at RFD-TV’s The American. “Any rodeo you go to, you know you have a chance to win on anything he’s got. That makes it exciting for us.”

Champion knows very well. This year alone, he has eight rodeo victories, two of which came on the backs of Carr animals. He won Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days on Fancy Free in May, then followed that with the championship at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days on Dirty Jacket, a horse that has been selected as one of the top three bareback horses in the world each of the past two seasons.

“Pete has our interests in line,” Champion said of Carr. “He wants us to have good horses to get on. He’s put in a lot of time to get good horses together, and he has a lot. He has horses that are consistent. He’s one of the guys that have the top animals and hauls them all over the country to give us a chance to win.”

Champion, 21, is a bright young gun in the world of rodeo. He has been among the top 10 in the world standings much of the season and set the sport on fire this past March when he earned $1.1 million at The American. He will be part of the inaugural 8 Second Bareback Shootout, a head-to-head match with veteran Clint Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from Waller, Texas.

It’s just another powerful statement as to the star-studded draw that is the Waller County Fair and Rodeo. The top contestants know what to expect when they arrive in Hempstead.

“Pete has put together a good set of bulls,” said J.W. Harris, the four-time and reigning bull riding world champion from Mullin, Texas. “I think he wants to show that he’s got great bulls to go with his great horses.

“You know when you go to his rodeos you’re going to get on a good one. I like going to Pete’s rodeos because he’s got good people who work for him, but having all those good animals sure makes it easier for us to go to. Pete Carr’s come a long ways in just a few years.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

CDC: Ebota could kill 1.4 million by January

CNN World - 6 hours 16 min ago
The death toll from Ebola in West Africa has now climbed to more than 2,800, with 5,800 cases confirmed as of Monday, the World Health Organization said.
Categories: International News

700 infants exposed to TB

Health - 6 hours 18 min ago
More than 700 infants and 40 health care workers have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly called TB, at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
Categories: Health

Join us for Alzheimer's chat

Health - 6 hours 19 min ago
It is the scariest diagnosis imaginable. So terrifying, it seems, that many people with early signs of Alzheimer's disease dwell for years in a state of denial.
Categories: Health

Watch: Life in 'Ebola Country'

Health - 6 hours 21 min ago
Funerals, ghost towns and haunted health workers. This is life in the Ebola zone. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.
Categories: Health

Where is Hannah Graham?

CNN - 6 hours 28 min ago
Charlottesville, Virginia, police say they found clothing they were looking for in the case of missing college student Hannah Graham. The clothing is being sent to a lab.
Categories: National News

The Buzz

CNN Entertainment - 6 hours 30 min ago
Emma Watson talks gender inequality, Central Perk opens for coffee, and "The Maze Runner" hits the big screens!
Categories: Entertainment News

Reporter asks: Can it be stopped?

Health - 6 hours 32 min ago
As I stood in the sweltering heat outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta earlier this week, President Barack Obama whispered in my ear.
Categories: Health

Hospital overwhelmed by patients

Health - 6 hours 33 min ago
The desperately ill Ebola patients had come to the new center for treatment. Instead they would be left on the ground.
Categories: Health

Schizophrenia is actually eight disorders

Health - 6 hours 34 min ago
What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.
Categories: Health

EA promises soccer fans more innovation with FIFA 15

Business News - 6 hours 43 min ago
Soccer fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Electronic Arts' FIFA 15 game, hitting shelves Tuesday.

Emma Watson faces backlash after speech

CNN Entertainment - 6 hours 48 min ago
Emma Watson is experiencing the ugly side of advocacy.
Categories: Entertainment News

Is the economic recovery real? 3 stats to watch

Business News - 6 hours 49 min ago
What everyone wants to know is if the economy is truly better. Is this recovery "for real"?

Craziest moments at the United Nations

CNN World - 6 hours 59 min ago
From Gadhafi to Ahmadinejad, Bush to Chavez: look back at memorable moments from past UNGA sessions. Richard Roth reports.
Categories: International News

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CNN - 7 hours 40 min ago
Can you feel the change of seasons in the air?
Categories: National News

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CNN - 7 hours 41 min ago
Nostalgic travelers are looking for something more than big time theme parks. See why they're going vintage.
Categories: National News

Banks launch checking accounts, with no checks

Business News - 7 hours 53 min ago
A growing number of banks are launching checking accounts, without the checks.

China's torture tool trade flourishes

CNN World - 8 hours 4 min ago
Electric shock guns, spiked metal batons and leg and neck shackles.
Categories: International News

Google pulls out of conservative political group over climate change

Business News - 8 hours 5 min ago
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says the company is pulling its support of a conservative political group because he believes it is lying on climate change.
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