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CNN freelance journalist kidnapped

CNN World - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:21
A CNN freelance journalist was abducted in Ukraine and detained by rebel forces. Ivan Watson reports.
Categories: International News

Botched? He took 2 hours to die

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:16
Joseph Wood "gasped and struggled to breathe" during his execution, his attorney says. Arizona, the state that executed him, says he was sedated and "snoring."
Categories: National News

'Weird Al' Yankovic hits No. 1 on the charts

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:48
It's "Mandatory": "Weird Al" Yankovic is Number One with his album "Mandatory Fun."
Categories: Entertainment News

Winnsboro ready for local rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:05

WINNSBORO, La. – The sport of rodeo has a great history in this eastern Louisiana berg.

The tradition continues during the 57th annual Deep South PRCA Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 2, at Deep South Rodeo Arena in Winnsboro.

“It is a very established rodeo that’s been around a long time,” said Andy Stewart, the rodeo’s announcer from nearby Collinston, La. “We saw a lot of great cowboys from that area over the years that come to that rodeo.

“It’s very community oriented. It’s a grassroots, downhome-type rodeo that has a great history.”

Andy Stewart

Andy Stewart

That history is mixed with a top-notch production from the crew at Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the livestock contractor for the event. Together, it makes for a phenomenal experience for contestants and fans.

“Pete brings some really good stock to our rodeo, and that’s really good for us,” said Skipper Stinson, a key member of the committee that produces the annual rodeo. “That helps make our rodeo better. The better the cowboys and the better the stock, the better the rodeo is going to be.”

That’s something folks in Winnsboro have come to expect.

“We get a lot of the circuit cowboys to come, and we get a lot of the great guys from our area,” said Stewart, who has been nominated five times as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announcer of the year. “The thing that Pete Carr and his crew provides at this rodeo is professionalism and production.

“This is a very small arena and a very small community, but we bring in a great production and great animals. It’s a great, professional show.”

It shows in the product. Last year, some of the top names in the game came away from Winnsboro with Louisiana cash. Texan Jake Brown scored 85 points to win bareback riding on Carr’s Ragin Angel, a horse that has bucked at the NFR each of the past two years. Heith DeMoss, a five-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La., won the saddle bronc riding crown on Carr’s Miss Rodeo.

Those are just a few of the big names who make the Deep South Rodeo so strong.

“When the DeMoss boys come, it really boosted the whole crowd because they like to see our guys ride,” Stinson said. “They bring a lot of their friends to ride with them.”

That says a lot about the Winnsboro rodeo, the community and the great animal athletes that are part of the mix.

“This is just a great little rodeo,” Stewart said. “One thing that Winnsboro does is they have one of the largest kids rodeos in the South the weekend before the ProRodeo, and some of the kids get to ride during the actual rodeo. That’s pretty cool.”

It all adds up to a great show for rodeo fans.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Study: Obamacare gave 10 million health insurance

Health - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:57
About 10.3 million Americans gained health coverage this year, primarily as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the federal government and Harvard University.
Categories: Health

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' sets course for 2017

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:49
The last we saw of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was on a beach with ol' scallywag Gibbs, reflecting on his decision to deny himself the Fountain of Youth. "Who's to say I won't live forever [anyway], eh?," he says. Indeed.
Categories: Entertainment News

Journalist working for CNN abducted in Ukraine

CNN World - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:46
A Ukrainian journalist working as a fixer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists.
Categories: International News

Spineless suck-ups, raging narcissists: Bosses from hell

Business News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:44
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More stores affected by listeria fruit recall

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:32
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.
Categories: National News

Girl, 11, shot in head at sleepover

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:28
An 11-year-old girl was shot in the head by a stray bullet during a sleepover in Chicago. CNN affiliate WGN reports.
Categories: National News

Men rob restaurant while half-naked

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:27
Several men broke into a Florida restaurant and stole food while wearing nothing but their underwear. WFTX reports.
Categories: National News

Buzz Aldrin: After moon, Mars

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:19
Back in July 1969, I stood on the talcum-like lunar dust just a few feet from our home away from home, Eagle, the lunar module that transported Neil Armstrong and me to the bleak, crater-pocked moonscape.
Categories: National News

Shift U.S. priorities closer to home

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:17
Rudy Ruiz says that, as the U.S. has focused on the Middle East, the problems of Latin America have grown -- and are being felt on this side of the border
Categories: National News

Walmart shoplifting vigilante goes viral

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:16
Caught on cell cam: He "just stole this stuff." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a confrontation over a loaded cart.
Categories: National News

Mom survives prescription drug abuse

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:14
Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin.
Categories: National News

Do we need to go back to the moon?

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:13
"Neil Armstrong is going to walk on the moon on Monday, July 21st."
Categories: National News

The best selfies from space

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:12
"Gee whiz! Look at that horizon. It's curved a little bit and the clouds are way down there. I wonder what the picture's going to look like?" recalls famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Categories: National News

Comic-Con: Who wore it best?

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:02
The annual San Diego Comic-Con, mecca of all things pop culture, began on Wednesday night and runs through Sunday, July 27. The massive convention -- known for giving fans a first look at the latest "geek-friendly" TV, film and of course, comics -- is also a major gathering for cosplayers (that is, fans who wear costumes of their favorite characters).
Categories: National News

GM to pay victims at least $400 million

Business News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:46
General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of the faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths.

Teen pilot killed at sea in quest to set world record

CNN - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:40
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. An aerial endeavor that would take 17-year-old pilot Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, around the world in just 30 days and into the record books.
Categories: National News
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