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U.S. helps Kurds push back ISIS

CNN World - 4 hours 38 min ago
ISIS plants hidden bombs and snipers as militants try to thwart the Kurds' advance in Iraq's Kurdish region. CNN witnesses the fighting as U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS positions.
Categories: International News

New ISIS video plays like movie trailer

CNN World - 4 hours 39 min ago
Slow-motion explosions, flames engulfing American troops, cameos from Presidents Bush and Obama: This is "Flames of War," a slick and ominous new video from the ISIS media center.
Categories: International News

Billionaire boom: Where the money is now

Business News - 5 hours 4 min ago
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New events highlight 2014 fair

Twisted Rodeo - 5 hours 14 min ago

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – In its few years in the PRCA, the Waller County Fair and Rodeo has become quite a showcase for the very best the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has to offer.

That will be amped up even more starting with this year’s exposition, which will feature two new rodeo events: The Eliminator, a six-man tie-down roping battle, and the 8 Second Bareback Shootout, a head-to-head competition between two of the top bareback riders in the game.

WallerLogo“We’re always looking to make improvements to our fair and rodeo,” said Rocky Politi, a long-time member of the Waller County Fair Board’s rodeo committee. “I think these two events are going to be a great fit for our fair and rodeo, because they say so much about Waller County and our area as a whole.

“We wanted to bring something different and entertaining to our die-hard rodeo fans.”

The Eliminator will be part of a night of calf roping that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead. It will be headlined by a half-dozen of rodeo’s brightest tie-down ropers: reigning world champion Shane Hanchey of Sulphur, La.; Tyson Durfey, a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Weatherford, Texas; Houston Hutto, a four-time NFR qualifier from Tomball, Texas; Timber Moore, a two-time NFR qualifier from Aubrey, Texas; Marty Yates, a 2014 NFR qualifier from Stephenville, Texas; and Reno Gonzalez, a two-time AQHA champion from Magnolia, Texas.

The event starts with all six competing in the first round. The cowboy with the slowest time in each round will be eliminated, with only two ropers competing in the final go-round for the championship.

“I really liked the idea behind it, and I thought it would be a unique event to be involved in,” said Durfey, a three-time Canadian champion who won the tie-down roping title at RFD-TV’s The American this past spring. “In the beginning, you don’t want to make any mistakes so you can make it back. At the end, you’re going to have to go for it. By the time we get down to the final few rounds, you’re going to see some pretty fast runs.

“It’s probably been three years since I’ve been in a situation like that. It’s definitely something the fans haven’t really seen. I think it’s a great format and should be a lot of fun to be part of.”

The 8 Second Bareback Challenge is also dubbed The Mentor vs. The Protégé, with veteran Clint Cannon matching his skills against third-year pro Richmond Champion. Cannon is one of the organizers of the Southeast Texas Bareback Riding School, which takes place every fall in Hempstead; Champion first began riding bareback horses at the school.

The challenge will take place during the second performance of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

“It’s going to be fun, because it’s my hometown rodeo and I get to go against Richie,” said Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from Waller. “I helped Richie get started, and he’s an awesome bareback rider. It’s going to be head-to-head, experience and youth.”

Champion, who won $1.1 million earlier this year during a non-PRCA sanctioned rodeo called RFD-TV’s The American, is from The Woodlands, Texas, so this also is an event that’s close to home. He has been ranked among the top 10 in the PRCA world standings much of this season and is a virtual lock to earn his first trip to the NFR.

“Richie has been a really good bareback rider for a long time,” Cannon said. “He’s always had an ability to do good. To see him progress to where he is right now going to his first NFR and winning a million bucks is awesome.

“He’s a very humble kid and rides really good.”

That’s plenty of incentive for the veteran Cannon, who has multiple RodeoHouston titles to go with his NFR qualifications. He’s battled a few injuries this season, but he’s ready for his opportunity to shine in Waller County.

“I know youth is going to take over one day, but I’m hoping to hold that off a little while longer,” he said. “This is going to be a lot of fun.”

That’s just what fans want to see.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Holder: Pay Wall Street whistleblowers more

Business News - 5 hours 14 min ago
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5 risks for investors buying Alibaba shares

Business News - 5 hours 33 min ago
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Acts of valor by Vietnam vet

CNN - 5 hours 41 min ago
As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received today.
Categories: National News

California OKs first tests of self-driving cars

Business News - 5 hours 52 min ago
California, a state synonymous for cars, has issued its first approvals to test self-driving cars.

Bitter truth about sugar

Health - 6 hours 8 min ago
Kristie Lu Stout speaks to author Robert Lustig about the dangers of added sugar in processed foods
Categories: Health

Enterovirus D68 spreads to Canada

Health - 6 hours 18 min ago
Canadian health officials have confirmed three cases of Enterovirus D68 in British Columbia. A fourth suspected case from a patient with severe respiratory illness is still under investigation.
Categories: Health

Ex-con launches startup aimed at inmates

Business News - 6 hours 21 min ago
In 2007, Frederick Hutson was sentenced to 51 months in prison for distributing marijuana. The operation had been netting him $500,000 annually -- and once he got to prison, he put his business acumen to use.

'Sumo wrestler' drops 102 pounds

CNN - 6 hours 33 min ago
Yusuke Kirimoto was always overweight.
Categories: National News

Shooting suspect may hunt more officers

CNN - 6 hours 39 min ago
He's a survivalist with an extensive shooting background and a grudge against law enforcement, officials say. And now authorities worry the man suspected of gunning down two Pennsylvania State Police troopers may do more harm.
Categories: National News

Bulger's rise to the top

CNN - 6 hours 44 min ago
A look at how Whitey Bulger rose to the top of Boston's Irish gang scene. Watch CNN Films' "Whitey" Sept. 18 at 9pET.
Categories: National News

ISIS bans math, social studies

CNN World - 7 hours 7 min ago
In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question -- as are lessons about elections and democracy.
Categories: International News

U.S. pledges troops to fight Ebola

Health - 7 hours 15 min ago
President Obama announces new steps to combat the growing epidemic, including sending 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa.
Categories: Health

U.S. troops joining Ebola fight

CNN World - 7 hours 19 min ago
President Obama will turn his attention to Ebola on Tuesday, announcing new U.S. steps to combat the growing epidemic in West Africa.
Categories: International News

Conan's revealing anatomy lesson

CNN Entertainment - 7 hours 27 min ago
Sex expert Dr. Jennifer Berman helps make sure that Conan, Andy and Kevin Nealon have healthy prostates.
Categories: Entertainment News

Sidewalk explodes in fiery blast

CNN World - 7 hours 41 min ago
A van driver in London narrowly missed being injured by a explosion.
Categories: International News

Vikings: Peterson won't play until child abuse charge resolved

CNN - 7 hours 48 min ago
Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.
Categories: National News
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