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Families search mass graves for their dead

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:14
Families in Torreon, Mexico spend Saturdays looking for mass graves in hopes of finding their loved ones. Zain Asher reports.
Categories: International News

Conspiracies link U.S. and ISIS

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:13
Though the U.S. leads an international coalition to defeat ISIS, many Egyptians believe the U.S. isn't trying to destroy the terrorist organization but rather is supporting it. CNN's Ian Lee reports.
Categories: International News

'Maternity hotels' raided in California

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:12
U.S. agents raided three dozen "maternity hotels" in California where foreign women give birth, allegedly for the purpose of having a U.S.-citizen baby. Manisha Tank reports.
Categories: International News

Say hello to the world's oldest person

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:07
Misao Okawa is celebrating her 117th birthday, making her the world's oldest person according to the Guiness World Records. Okawa was born in 1898 in Osaka, Japan
Categories: International News

Cowgirls excited for RNCFR

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:51

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the March edition of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It is republished on this site with the approval of the WPRA.

By the time the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo begins March 25, Lindsay and Jesse Kruse will have welcomed their second child.

The baby was due the end of February, giving Mom about a month to have herself and Lenas Mijo Dulce ready for the national championship. Lindsay Kruse is ready for the opportunity.

2015-RNCFR-Logo“I’m really excited to run at it this year,” said Kruse, married to Jesse, the 2009 world champion saddle bronc rider. “I like the new location, and it looks like they are making it a lot more enjoyable for the contestants. It has a bigger purse. I just hope to win some of that money they’ve added this year.”

She maneuvered her way to the RNCFR in Kissimmee, Fla., by having an outstanding season in the Montana Circuit. Her pregnancy prevented Kruse from competing at the Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in mid-January.

“They let me have a medical exemption,” she said, noting that the exemption allowed her a shot at year-end awards. “I had a decent lead, about $5,000, but I couldn’t defend myself.”

Instead, Carmel Wright won two go-rounds and placed in another to win the average in Great Falls, Mont. She pocketed more than $7,000 and passed Kruse. But by finishing second in the year-end race, Kruse will join Wright in Florida.

“I don’t mind the drive,” Kruse said, noting that the family will be part of the traveling posse. “We usually go to Texas this time of year.”

Her road trip is delayed a little, but she plans to have a pretty good partner in the mix. Harley is a 13-year-old sorrel gelding by Pobre Dulce and out of Lenas Country Bar. This marks Kruse’s sixth RNCFR qualification and Harley’s second.

“He’s tough,” she said. “He likes being on the road. He just likes to do it. His personality is better when you’re on the road.

“He’s kind of a quirky thing. He doesn’t get along with many people. You definitely have to have a bond with him.”

That’s a good thing for Kruse, who said she and Harley just clicked from the first day they got together.

“He’s all cow-bred with no barrel breed in him,” she said. “He’s kind of odd-shaped, but he’s pretty in his own way.”

It works, but so does the relationship between Sara Rose McDonald and her horse, Fame Fling N Bling, a 9-year-old roan mare she calls Bling. Like Kruse, McDonald finished as the year-end runner-up to Victoria Williams, who also won the average at the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“I’m excited to go there because it’s close to home,” said McDonald of Brunswick, Ga., the Southeastern Circuit and WPRA Rookie of the Year. “I know it’s a good rodeo, so I just want to make good runs.”

Gretchen Benbenek

Gretchen Benbenek

That’s exactly what happened for Gretchen Benbenek last year. She took advantage of the tournament-style format and raced to the national championship last spring at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla.

She placed fifth in the opening go-round and was solid on the second run on Shot of Firewater, a 12-year-old bay she calls Maverick. The speedster is by Firem Jet and out of Miss Willie Ada; Maverick’s mom was Benbenek’s primary mount before the gelding came into his own.

By finishing third in the two-round average, the tandem advanced to the RNCFR’s semifinals, finishing second to Kassidy Dennison. Benbenek and Maverick excelled on their final run, picking up more than $13,000 and a $20,000 voucher for a new pickup.

“Other than the Prairie Circuit Finals, I’ve never been in the position to defend a title,” said Benbenek, the two-time reigning Prairie Circuit year-end champion from Aubrey, Texas. “I feel a little pressure about it, but it’s a brand new arena that I’ve never been to.

“I just need to go in there hungry and wanting it and determined, then we’ll see how it goes.”

It helps that she has a good experience, albeit in Oklahoma’s red dirt and not in the shadow of Disney World.

“I think Florida has shown a lot of interest in rodeo lately, and it doesn’t have any other big events there,” she said. “I can already feel there’s a new level of excitement. I’ve never got to rodeo in Florida. I hear the facility is really nice, and I think it will be a good place for my horse in me.

“It’s right there by Disney World, and I’ve got some family coming down so we can do something else while we’re there.”

Her focus, though, is defending that national championship. Though the winter has been relatively slow for Benbenek, she has a lot of faith in Maverick.

“I like to give my horse a good break over the winter,” Benbenek said. “He’s been running good. We’ve just been a little bit out of (the money). We haven’t hit our stride.

“I go everywhere to win. I don’t go to get second place or just show up. I have expectations of winning. I realize the competition there is going to be very tough, and winning is not an easy thing to do. As long as I feel like I can make the best run I can and as long as me and my horse are physically prepared, I’ll be happy with the outcome.”

That’s the attitude of a proven winner.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Tsarnaev attorney: 'It was him'

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:31
The question of why he did it, however, is where the defense disagrees. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was influenced by his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, defense attorney Judy Clarke said.
Categories: National News

6 stocks that left the bull market in the dust

Business News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:30
If you put money in stocks at just about any point in the past six years, you're probably pretty happy.

Feds raid alleged 'maternity hotels'

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:08
Categories: National News

Family builds giant ice sculpture

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:07
A family in Indianapolis has been creating a large "ice tree" annually since 1961. WTHR reports.
Categories: National News

What NOT to do in a snowstorm

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:07
CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talks about the things you shouldn't do if you find yourself in a snowstorm.
Categories: National News

High fees, scary threats: Lawmakers slam government debt collection

Business News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:55
Lawmakers and consumer advocates are speaking out against the special treatment given to debt collectors hired by government agencies across the country.

Petco worker fired after video shows rough grooming

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:48
A Petco employee has been fired after a viral video appears to show the worker "roughing up" one of the dogs on the grooming table. WSB reports.
Categories: National News

U.S. Ambassador: Eighty stitches and two hours of surgery

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:48
The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea is recovering from a knife attack during a speech in Seoul.
Categories: International News

Fight for handicapped spot sends woman to hospital

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:47
A fight over a handicapped parking spot at a Walmart in Wisconsin sends an elderly woman to the hospital. CNN affiliate WITI reports.
Categories: National News

U.S. ambassador tweets that he'll be back 'ASAP'

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:47
The U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is in stable condition after being slashed in the face & arm by a knife-wielding man in Seoul. CNN's Andrew Stevens reports.
Categories: International News

'Top Gun' ship sold for scrap

CNN - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:44
The USS Ranger is on its way to be dismantled after efforts to turn it into a floating museum failed.
Categories: National News

WWII Japanese battleship Musashi discovered

CNN World - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 08:40
The philanthropist posted images that appeared to show the long-lost Musashi, once one of the two largest warships in the world. The discovery was made aboard his superyacht. FULL STORY
Categories: International News
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