Lawmakers talk with sex assault victim, her mother

From left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Anna, a survivor of sexual assault; Anna's mother, Susan, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., talk to one another during a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss campus sexual assault legislation. Anna was an 18-year-old student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York when she was sexually assaulted by fellow students at a fraternity party.

Obama photographed in Kansas City

A guest uses a cellphone to photograph President Barack Obama on Wednesday after he spoke about the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. (AP Photo/

FROM READERS: Conner Rogan counts bacterial colonies

Conner Rogan counts bacterial colonies to determine how susceptible a plant is to disease.

Caterpillar rests on plant's leaves

Dhru Dave holds a plant with a caterpillar resting on its leaves at the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU. The researchers have a caterpillar habitat on the plants they experiment with.

MU researcher prepares equipment for plant experiment

Rex Cocroft works at MU's Tucker Hall, preparing a machine that creates vibrations against plant leaves. Cocroft is collaborating on the project with another researcher on campus, Heidi Appel.

Laser on plant will mimic vibrations of caterpillars eating

A plant rests in a clamp July 22 at Tucker Hall, awaiting vibrations. The laser point on the leftmost leaf is where the plant will sense the vibrations that mimic a caterpillar's eating.

Cain, Royals strike out against Twins

Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain reacts after striking out to end the fifth inning of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins in Kansas City, Mo.

Congressional candidate speaks at NAACP candidates forum

Nate Irvin, Democratic candidate for Missouri's 4th Congressional District, responds to a question about abolishing the death penalty. He answered questions at the Columbia NAACP candidates forum Tuesday at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

Offerman attacks Nathans

Bridgeport Bluefish catcher John Nathans, right, tries to prevent Long Island Duck's Jose Offerman, center, from hitting Bluefish pitcher Matt Beech with a bat during a fight in the first inning of an Atlantic League minor league baseball game on Aug. 14, 2007, in Bridgeport, Conn. Offerman testified on July 18 at a civil trial in federal court in Bridgeport, saying he didn't swing his bat at two other players or cause their injuries in the scuffle.

Fleming speaks at NAACP candidate forum

Robert Fleming, standing, talks about how he would exhibit fairness from the bench as an associate circuit judge while fellow judicial candidates, from left, Mike Whitworth, Kimberly Shaw and Finley Gibbs listen at the Columbia NAACP candidates forum Tuesday.

Missouri NAACP president addresses audience at candidates forum

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri NAACP, addresses the audience before the Columbia NAACP candidates forum at the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia on Tuesday. Candidates for county, state and national offices were present to answer policy questions from the public.

Chiefs linebacker Johnson sets sights on record

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck tries to get rid of the ball while being tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson during the first half of a game at Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 22. Chiefs middle linebacker Derrick Johnson has had plenty of running mates in his 10-year career. What they've seen over the years is a consummate pro on the verge of setting a franchise record for tackles in a career.

Sam straps on helmet at practice

St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam straps on his helmet during training camp Saturday at the team's practice facility.

Scott introduced as Lakers head coach

Former Los Angeles Lakers players from left, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Byron Scott, Earvin "Magic" Johnson with general manager Mitch Kupchak pose during a news conference Tuesday to introduce Scott as the new Lakers head coach. Scott is the former head coach for New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, reaching two NBA Finals with the Nets. He was the NBA's coach of the year in 2008.

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN suspended

Stephen A. Smith arrives at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles in 2009. ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.

Joe Gibbs talks with Denny Hamlin

NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, left, talks with Denny Hamlin on Sunday before the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McIlroy at an interview for Bridgestone Invitational

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, responds during an interview Tuesday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Firefighters stretch hose into house

Firefighters stretches a hose into the window of a house on 909 Park Ave on Tuesday. The amount of damage to the house has yet to be determined.

Firefighters hose down flames

Firefighters hose down a fire at 909 Park Ave on Tuesday. The fire department made it to the scene within two minutes from the call.

Fire reaches power lines on Park Avenue

Before the flames died down, the fire from the front window was large enough to reach the power lines at the residential fire at 909 Park Ave.