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Teen's packing list for potential jihad?

CNN World - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 18:04
A handwritten checklist shows how three British schoolgirls suspected of traveling to Syria to join ISIS planned their trip, according to a newspaper that has seen the document.
Categories: International News

MSU Men’s Tennis Match Against Ole Miss Rescheduled For March 25

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:37
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After inclement weather forced its postponement last week, the annual in-state men's tennis showdown between Mississippi State and Ole Miss has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 25.

Stock market has worst day of 2015

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:23
It was a terrible Tuesday for the markets.

3,000 skeletons dug up in Bedlam

CNN World - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 17:18
Archaeologists have started excavating about 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground in London, used from 1569 to at least 1738.
Categories: International News

Bulldogs No. 14 In 15th-Straight Week In USA Today Coaches Poll

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:51
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State remained in the Top 15 of the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll Tuesday, coming in at No. 14.

Soccer To Host College ID Camp April 25

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:30
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Soccer players can learn the game from the Mississippi State coaching staff Saturday, April 25 as the Bulldogs host their third annual College ID Camp.

Hillary Clinton: All work emails to be made public

CNN - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:27
This week wasn't supposed to go this way for Hillary Clinton.
Categories: National News

Facebook drops 'feeling fat' emoticon

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 16:11
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Rangers use support for success

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:58

ALVA, Okla. – It takes talent, perseverance and a lot of support to be successful in rodeo, and the members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team know that as well as anyone.

Steer wrestler Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, used it all to a third-place finish this past weekend at the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Rodeo. Riding a horse he is borrowing from fellow Canadian ProRodeo cowboy Clayton Moore, Culling won the first round and finished third in the two-run average in Fort Scott.

Stephen Culling

Stephen Culling

But it didn’t come without the help he gets from other Rangers, including coach Stockton Graves, a Northwestern alumnus who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times.

“He’s just proves himself, and he spends a lot of time helping us out and getting us to that stage,” he said, noting that he also receives a lot of support from roommate Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., and traveling partner Mike McGinn of Haines, Ore.; all three are in the top eight in the Central Plains Region standings, joining Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, and Tyler Batie of Rapid City, S.D.

“Good competition makes you step up and try to make you do better,” said Culling, who credits much of his success to Moore’s horse, Santos, a 13-year-old that has been used quite a bit in ProRodeo. “It’s hard because you know all of you aren’t going to get to go, but it’s good to see your friends and traveling partners also do good.”

Culling led the way for Northwestern with his No. 3 finish, but he was joined in the championship round by two other bulldoggers, Batie, who placed third overall, and Chase Lako of Arthur, Neb., who placed fourth. They were joined in the short round by heeler William Whayne of Tulsa, Okla., who qualified with header Connor Osborne of Connors (Okla.) State College.

“Our (men’s) team is strong,” Culling said.

The Northwestern women definitely are good. They lead the region standings and finished runner-up in Fort Scott. Rangers Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., and Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., tied for third in the average in goat-tying; they are the top two in the goat-tying standings, with Miller owning a 60-point lead.

“If I don’t win the region, I want another girl from our team to win it,” Miller said.

Barnes won the first round, posting a 7.2-second run. Miller then finished fourth in the short round with a 7.9; both finished with a 15.9-second two-run cumulative time. They were joined in the short round by barrel racer Paige Winnett of Elmore City, Okla., and breakaway roper Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D.

The teams will have four weeks off until the next event, scheduled for April 9-11 in Weatherford, Okla., and will close out the season with three events over those three weekends in April.

“I just look at it like I have six runs to make,” Miller said, referring to her game plan on trying to secure the region title. “I’m counting on making the short round at the next three and putting six more runs together.

“I can’t relax. There are (several) weeks between rodeos. It would be easy to settle and chill for a while, but I’ve got to keep right at it.”

That work is a good reason why she and the women’s team lead the Central Plains standings.

“I’m just going to keep my horse in shape and keep myself in shape,” she said. “I’ll just try to keep my head right and stay positive heading to the next three and try to kick butt.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Obama offers help for student borrowers

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:50
President Obama unveiled new steps Tuesday designed to help students avoid the pitfalls of excessive student debt.

Using Tax-Deferred Investments to Promote Long-Term Wealth Building

Lifestyles - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:35
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(NewsUSA) - Tax season is in full swing, and many people are being reminded of the tax burden their investment returns carry.

As a result, some are adopting a smarter strategy for maximizing long-term returns by deferring taxes and allowing gains to compound over time. This route can generate considerable savings simply by enrolling in a tax-deferred retirement account and investing through it.

"Tax-deferred accounts provide an opportunity to boost overall investment returns by deferring taxes until the age at which you begin required minimum distributions," said Preston Despenas, co-founder and senior partner of Growth Equity Group. "While some of the most common choices are traditional accounts, self-directed IRAs are gaining significant momentum with investors because they allow greater investing flexibility."

There are several types of tax-deferred accounts that allow people to maximize long-term returns:

* Investing Pre-Tax vs. Post-Tax Income. With traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) or 401(k) plans, contributions are made to the account with pre-tax income. Later, when the funds are withdrawn, they're taxed just like ordinary income.

* Tax Incentives With Self-Directed IRAs. For investors seeking to invest in alternative assets to safely diversify their portfolios and generate income, the lesser-known self-directed IRA is also tax-deferred, but provides additional flexibility. This account enables the holder to invest in assets such as residential property, commercial real estate, precious metals and oil.

* Using Real Estate to Diversify. Self-directed IRAs can help protect from risk through diversification and, for that same reason, can provide extra earning power. Real estate tends to be less correlated with the stock markets and thus is less volatile when the markets experience wide swings.

With a rental property asset in a self-directed IRA, rent payments from tenants are directly added to retirement savings, where they compound and grow tax-deferred until the investor takes a distribution in retirement. Self-directed IRAs are managed by a qualified custodian on behalf of the investor. The trustee helps file the proper annual IRS reports to ensure compliance with the tax code.

"Real estate and rental properties are popular investments because they can generate income in addition to a long-term return on investment," said Brett Immel, co-founder and senior partner of Growth Equity Group.

To find more information about self-directed IRAs and real estate investments, visit www.growthequitygroup.com.

Obamacare's second round attracts more Americans

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:25
What a difference a year makes.

Uber's lofty goal: Hire 1 million women drivers

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:18
Read full story for latest details.

Verizon FiOS drops the Weather Channel

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:13
Another storm is brewing between The Weather Channel and one of its biggest distributors.

Government backs off from banning assault rifle bullet

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:05
Amid a massive outcry from gun enthusiasts, the government has backed away from a proposed ban on a specific bullet used in assault rifles that can pierce vests and body armor worn by police officers.

Snoop Dogg wants you to unload your gun stocks

Business News - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:33
Snoop Dogg, the rapper who once glorified gun violence, is now urging investors to dump all their gun stocks.

Watch eagles brave snow to protect their eggs

CNN - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:13
Watch as a bald eagle digs out of neck-deep snow while still keeping its eggs warm.
Categories: National News

Brazen kidnapping caught on tape

CNN - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:09
Security cameras show a man running with a 22-month-old boy who was taken from a playground. CNN affiliate KXLY reports.
Categories: National News
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