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Customer exhales vapor from e-cigarette [Photo]

A customer exhales vapor from an e-cigarette in February 2014 at the Henley Vaporium in New York.

Bottom of stormwater pipe corroded [Photo]

Former Missouri state Rep. Chris Kelly points to the corroded bottom of a stormwater pipe on Friday. He will chair the Foundation for Columbia's Future, a committee that will support the stormwater rate increase and electric bond issue, which will be on the ballot April 7.

Water collects at bottom of stormwater drain [Photo]

Standing water pools in the rusted-out bottom of a stormwater drain under Juniper Court on Friday. It's one of 50 or so pipes that have outlasted their useful lifespan, according to the Columbia Public Works Department.

Wainwright throws at spring training [Photo]

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright throws in a steady rain during spring training Friday in Jupiter, Florida. Rain forced the Cardinals indoors on Friday, but Wainwright played catch for a few minutes outside after missing two days of practice because of an abdominal strain.

Doug Gillin mug [File Image]

Doug Gillin

First lady Georganne Nixon [File Image]

Homeless shelters are filling up [Graphic]

A spot check of four homeless shelters in Columbia showed three of four were occupied Friday afternoon. The Salvation Army Harbor House is the only shelter in the survey that had open beds. The Turning Point shelter is a day center and does not offer beds for the evening. New Life Evangelistic Center is available only to pre-approved homeless men.

PHOTO GALLERY: Crime scenes in Tyrone, Missouri [Gallery]

Police said Friday morning that seven people died and an eighth was wounded in a house-to-house rampage overnight in Tyrone, Missouri. The victims were found in four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas line.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boonville Nordyne plant in its final days [Gallery]

The Nordyne facility in Boonville, which opened in 1979 and once employed almost 900 workers, will be down to 75 by the beginning of March. By August, the plant will be closed and production shifted to Saltillo, Mexico.

Fewer than 200 workers left at Boonville Nordyne plant [Photo]

There were fewer than 200 people left working at the Nordyne plant in Boonville on Wednesday. The factory, which opened in 1979 and once employed almost 900 people, will close by August.

One of five crime scenes Tyrone, Missouri [Photo]

Snow covers the lawn Friday morning at one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Missouri, where a gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in a house-to-house rampage. The victims were found in four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas line.

Notice hangs at Boonville Nordyne facility [Photo]

A sign hangs at the front entrance of the Nordyne facility in Boonville on Wednesday. In February, about 85 employees were laid off.

Snow melts outside Nordyne plant [Photo]

Snow melts Wednesday outside the Nordyne plant in Boonville. Some factory equipment is already on its way to Nordyne's facility in Saltillo, Mexico.

Police tape surrounds Tyrone crime scene [Photo]

Police tape surrounds one of five crime scenes near Tyrone, Missouri, on Friday morning. A gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town in the Missouri Ozarks before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday. The victims were found in four homes in Tyrone, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas line. The 36-year-old gunman was discovered in a neighboring county, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said.

Red tape bars entrance to Tyrone, Missouri, home [Photo]

Red tape is seen Friday morning on one of the doors of a home near Tyrone, Missouri, after a gunman killed seven people and wounded an eighth person in an overnight house-to-house rampage in the small town. The victims were found in four homes and the man believed to the gunman was discovered in a neighboring county, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said.

Monica Kelsey smiles through baby box [Photo]

Monica Kelsey, a firefighter and medic who is president of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc., poses with a prototype of a baby box, which parents could use to surrender their newborns anonymously, outside her fire station in Woodburn, Indiana.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cuban cigar makers anticipate steep growth in on-island sales [Gallery]

With the U.S. now allowing travelers to bring back up to $100 worth of Cuban cigars for the first time in years, cigar makers are projecting on-island sales to double last year's figures.

U.S. visitors to Cuba can now bring $100 worth of cigars home [Photo]

A woman places the ringed label on a Hoyo de Monterrey cigar Thursday at the Corona cigar factory in Havana.

Cuban cigar companies keep watchful eye on U.S. policy [Photo]

An employee's watch sits next to a stack of cigars Thursday at the Corona cigar factory in Havana.

Cuban cigar companies stand to gain from new U.S. policy [Photo]

A tobacco worker rolls cigars Thursday at the Corona cigar factory in Havana. Cuban cigar makers are licking their chops over new U.S. rules that let more Americans travel to the island and legally bring back as much as $100 worth of prized stogies for the first time in decades.
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