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Pelicans hurt by fishhooks

CNN - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:46am
Fishermen and pelicans on the Texas Gulf Coast have been angling at the same spot lately, and somebody is getting hurt awfully ugly: the pelicans.
Categories: National News

Building Kenya's 'lunatic line'

CNN World - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:41am
At the Old Port in Mombasa, southern Kenya, tranquil waters lap gently against the shore beneath the ghostly Fort Jesus garrison.
Categories: International News

At least 50 dead in Somalia after drinking from contaminated well

CNN World - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:39am
At least 50 people have died in Somalia after drinking contaminated water from a well in northern Mogadishu, an official in that East African country said Thursday.
Categories: International News

Suicide bombing kills 5 Afghan soldiers

CNN World - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 8:11am
A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Kabul on Thursday morning.
Categories: International News

Want to get rich? Don't pay off your student loans

Business News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:56am
When I graduated from Drexel University in 2009 with a degree in engineering, I was 23 and had $200 in my bank account.

Russia fights ruble crash with 5th rate rise

Business News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:48am
Russia's economic crisis just keeps on getting worse.

Bond's most tricked-out cars

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:47am
Check out some of the coolest cars James Bond has driven over the last 50 years.
Categories: Entertainment News

Predicting the flu so you can avoid it

Health - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:45am
Imagine being able to predict when the flu might strike your town, a bit like how meteorologists predict when a storm is heading your way.
Categories: Health

Former Miss America Mobley dies

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:41am
Mary Ann Mobley, who was the first Mississippian to be crowned Miss America and who then parlayed that achievement into a successful movie career, has died. She was 77 and had been battling breast cancer.
Categories: Entertainment News

Dinosaur movies that should be extinct

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:38am
With excitement building over "Jurassic World," here's a look at some other 1990s dinosaur movies that won't be coming to a theater anytime soon.
Categories: Entertainment News

Avoid these U.S. flu hotspots

CNN - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:32am
Imagine being able to predict when the flu might strike your town, a bit like how meteorologists predict when a storm is heading your way. That's exactly what infectious disease experts at Columbia University are doing.
Categories: National News

Torture report a best seller on Amazon

Business News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:18am
Read full story for latest details.

A friend gave her an antibiotic; now she's fighting for her life

Health - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:57am
After taking an antibiotic a friend gave her, a California teen is fighting for her life in a hospital burn unit.
Categories: Health

'Biggest Loser' winner on weight controversy

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:29am
When Rachel Frederickson won season 15 of "The Biggest Loser," her new look was met with more criticism than praise. She's now speaking out on the controversy.
Categories: Entertainment News

Pugsley actor on 'Addams Family,' dies

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:28am
Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on the 1960s TV show "The Addams Family," died Sunday, according to the Ventura County Coroner's Office. He was 59.
Categories: Entertainment News

Syfy developing Superman prequel

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:27am
Before there was a "Man of Steel," there was the story of his ancestors and his home planet, Krypton.
Categories: Entertainment News

Stars slammed in Sony emails

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:22am
Leaked emails from Sony have unflattering remarks about Hollywood celebrities. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
Categories: Entertainment News

Police haul off Hong Kong protesters

CNN World - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:12am
The main site of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was being taken apart piece by piece on Thursday, ushering in the end of an extraordinary occupation that deepened political fault lines over China's role in the city's government.
Categories: International News

Palestinians, Israelis differ on how minister died

CNN World - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:36am
A day after Ziyad Abu Ein's death, the Palestinians and Israelis continued to offer contrasting accounts of what killed him
Categories: International News

Scheer moves into the lead

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:48am

LAS VEGAS – Cort Scheer doesn’t pay attention to the numbers.

He’s in Las Vegas to ride bucking horses, and that’s all that matters to the Elsmere, Neb., cowboy. His goal is the gold buckle awarded to the world champion saddle bronc rider, and all those numbers that decide that will work out.

Cort Scheer

Cort Scheer

Everyone else in his life is concerned with the numbers, especially that No. 1 spot. Scheer now occupies that with three rounds remaining at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He moved up from third to first on Wednesday night after a second-place finish in Round 6, where he rode Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Spur Strap for 80.5 points, pocketing $15,018.

“I think I could’ve ridden that horse a lot better,” said Scheer, who attended Montana State University, Garden City (Kan.) Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University on rodo scholarships. “The last time I rode him, I think I was 86 on him at San Antonio.

“I’m almost going to benefit from it, because I want to go that much more know. I know what I did wrong, so I can make the next one count. My spur out was week, so I’m excited to spur the heck out of one tomorrow.”

Bronc busters must have their feet above the breaks in the horses’ shoulders to start the ride, which is known as the mark out or spur out. It allows the horse a head start, but it also sets up the rhythm of the spurring motion for the cowboys. Scheer thinks a stronger mark out will help his riding motion work better.

“We’ve still got some good pens coming,” he said, referring to the 45 horses the bronc riders will be matched with over the final three go-rounds. “It’s just going to come down to drawing good, spurring horses out right and going at it.

“I’m just having fun and forgetting about everything else that happens. I’m excited about getting on. I feel like I ride better after screwing up.”

If he can screw up and finish in second place, the sky’s the limit for the top-ranked cowboy in bronc riding He has earned $56,635 at the NFR and pushed his season total to $156,049. He owns an $11,218 lead over the No. 2 man, Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La. Two-time world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., who was Scheer’s teammate at Panhandle State, is third with $141,437.

Scheer’s lead can evaporate quickly with go-round winners earning $19,000 a night and the average champ pocketing $48,732 for having the best cumulative score at the conclusion of the 10-round championship. The race will come down to the wire.

“I love it,” he said. “Riding with those cats … it makes it more exciting, and it makes you want to win a little more.

“This is the best year I’ve ever had. This is the best shot (at the world title) I’ve ever had. Everything has been working great.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo
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