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Holiday lights traditions [Video]

These folks see holiday decorations as a way of giving back to their community.

Wary drivers [Photo]

Travelers make their way through the rain on Interstate I-35/80 on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. A major winter storm lumbering across the nation's midsection promised a white Christmas for some but brought headaches for travelers caught on slick, icy roads or dealing with canceled and delayed flights.

Storm tracking [Photo]

This NOAA satellite image taken at 11:45 p.m. Thursday shows a mass of clouds in the East as a major winter storm is tracking through the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Widespread rain is noted in the Mississippi Valley, and heavy snow is falling in the Plains. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for the Plains as snow will hamper holiday travel.

Slow going [Photo]

Vehicles travel in blizzard conditions on Dodge Street in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. A powerful storm spreading snow, sleet and rain across the nation's midsection glazed roads and disrupted flights Thursday, making last-minute holiday travel treacherous but promising a white Christmas for some.

Christmas in Bethlehem [Photo]

Christian priests hold a Christmas procession outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday.

Hoping for peace in Bethlehem [Photo]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bodyguards stand guard outside the Church of Nativity, background, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday. The top Roman Catholic cleric in the cradle of Christianity delivered Christmas wishes Thursday for the peace that has eluded the Middle East, and prayed for the day when Palestinians would no longer be confined by Israeli barriers.

Richardson keeps eyes on Missouri football [Photo]

Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, a Missouri recruit who has had academic troubles, says he has gained 15 pounds and improved his speed while playing for the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.

Hickman female wrestler Kathy Cruise [Photo]

Kathy Cruise was the only girl on the Hickman team during the preseason.

Hickman female wrestler Becca Schranck [Photo]

Becca Schranck, practicing with teammate Patrick Fleenor, became the second girl on the Kewpies squad when she joined the team shortly after the season started. “It’s not part of who I am to quit things,” Schranck said about finishing the year.

Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought [Slideshow]

SLIDESHOW: Tigers end Braggin' Rights drought

Cheerleaders at Braggin' Rights game. [Photo]

Missouri and Illinois cheerleaders perform during the first half of Wednesday's Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.

Working for others [Photo]

Leslie Anderson, program manager at Services for Independent Living, sits for a portrait at her desk on Dec. 14. Anderson has been working for the agency since 2007 but has been involved with organizations that provide assistance to the disabled since 1993.

World War I museum gets large donation [Photo]

Eli Paul, vice president of museum programs at the National World War I Museum, showed an Austrian Schwarlose machine gun from the World War I era that was part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the museum by the estate of Carl H. Hauber, whose widow decided her husband's collection was best housed in Kansas City.

Artifacts of war [Photo]

A Russian M1910 Maxim M6 machine gun with a Sokolov mount, along with a uniform worn by a machine gunner in World War I, are part of a large private collection of machine guns and items related to machine gunners donated to the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

Missouri men's basketbal player Laurence Bowers celebrates the Tigers' 2009 victory over Illinois [Photo]

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers shows off the Braggin' Rights trophy to fans after Wednesday night's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

This little light [Graphic]

The tradition of holiday lighting originated centuries ago, but LED lights available today promise improved safety, reduced energy costs as well as overall better illumination.

Frugal festivities [Graphic]

Closing ahead [Photo]

Zach Gibbons and Justin Spencer walk across Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail between the Twin Lakes Recreation Area and the entrance at Scott Boulevard on Tuesday. Plans are in place to close this portion of the Trail beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate the replacement of Bridges 12 and 13. Portions of Bridge 12 will be saved for a future display.

Planks eroding [Photo]

It's not only the timber supports that have deteriorated with time on Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail. A close-up of some of the planks of Bridge 12 show signs of age on Tuesday.

Time for repairs [Photo]

A jogger runs across Bridge 13 on the MKT Trail on Tuesday. Bridges 12 and 13 will be closed beginning Jan. 4, 2010, to facilitate their replacement. The 100-year-old bridges' timber supports have deteriorated with time, and the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department decided to replace them over the winter months when it would cause the least amount of inconvenience.
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