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Players battle for the ball [Photo]

UT Martin Skyhawks forward Ashia Jones, left, and Missouri Tigers guard/forward Jordan Frericks attempt to box each other out during a game on Monday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won 74-65.

Temple stuns No. 10 Kansas with 77-52 blowout [Photo]

Kansas’ Evan Manning, No. 5, Perry Ellis, No. 34, and Hunter Mickelson, No. 42, walk off the court after losing Monday’s NCAA basketball game to Temple 77-52 in Philadelphia.

Police seek ID of bank robber [Photo]

The Columbia Police Department is seeking help in identifying a suspect in the Monday robbery of Regions Bank on Paris Road. Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect is asked to contact the department or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 to remain anonymous.

Seahawks peaking ahead of postseason [Photo]

Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette (83) smiles as he hugs Doug Baldwin (89) on the team bench in the closing moments of Sunday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6, and can wrap up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win this week.

Smith, Chiefs go down [Photo]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) and outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the second half of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

Classic cars abound in Cuba [Photo]

Tourists take a ride in a classic American convertible car with the Cuban national flag painted on the trunk in Havana, Cuba. American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week’s announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving communist regimes. The opening to Cuba could benefit, among others, U.S. farmers, auto and tractor makers, airline and hotel companies and telecom equipment makers.

Drone safety raises questions [Photo]

A drone flies during a presentation in early November to the press in Paris, France. Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, the drone industry is teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.

Pope urges more reform [Photo]

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall on the occasion of an audience with the Holy See's employees at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said members of the Curia need to cleanse their spiritual house.

Battle lineman Jacob Biddle watches from end zone [Photo]

Battle High School lineman Jacob Biddle squats in the end zone as he watches a play during the Spartans' away game against Camdenton High School on Nov. 7. Biddle has been on the sidelines since he sustained a concussion during a game in October.

Jacob Biddle attends after-school football practice [Photo]

Jacob Biddle, an offensive lineman for the Battle High School football team, attends an after-school practice in late October. Biddle attended most practices and every game since the Friday night when he sustained his sixth confirmed concussion.

Battle offensive lineman celebrates team's victory over Camdenton [Photo]

Battle High School offensive lineman Jacob Biddle celebrates the Spartans' win over Camdenton High School with Tyson Ellison, 9, on Nov. 7. Ellison is the son of Battle's defensive line coordinator.

Biddle watches Spartans from the sideline during game [Photo]

Jacob Biddle watches a play from the sidelines during a game at Waynesville High School on Oct. 31. Biddle has been unable to play for the Battle Spartans because of a concussion sustained earlier in the season. He said he has continued to support the team by cheering from the sidelines but it doesn't compare to playing the sport.

Biddle hugs teammate after state championship win [Photo]

Battle High School offensive lineman Jacob Biddle hugs teammate Kole Hinton, a defensive back, in celebration after winning the state championship football game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Nov. 28. "Lifting the trophy at the Dome with my brothers is what made it worth it," Biddle said.

Biddle helps support fellow Battle player [Photo]

Jacob Biddle, left, helps support Jerrion Nelson after he was injured during the state football championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Nov. 28. Biddle quit playing football after his sixth confirmed concussion, but continued to support the team all season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Concussion sidelines Jacob Biddle from Battle football [Gallery]

Jacob Biddle suffered six concussions and gave up his aspirations of playing football for Battle High. Now he's dealing with the everyday effects of his injuries.

Giants receiver runs with ball past Rams player [Photo]

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., right, runs with the ball as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins defends during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday in St. Louis.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback breaks up pass intended for Chiefs player [Photo]

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Harold Skrabal [File Image]

Harold Skrabal

America cattle prices increased in 2014 [Interactive graphic]

Monthly cattle prices peaked in October, 2014 with $159 per 100 pounds and was the lowest in July, 2013 with $120 per 100 pounds.

Missouri cattle inventory decreases in the past 10 years [Interactive graphic]

Missouri cattle inventory has been declining in the past 10 years. The number peaked in 2006 with 4.45 million and reached the lowest in 2013 with 3.7 million. The cattle inventory includes beef cattle numbers and dairy cattle numbers.
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