PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans United employs 1,100 in Columbia

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Columbia, Veterans United Home Loans has exploded in size. The company now employs 1,500 people out of 23 offices in 20 states, with 1,100 of its employees based in Columbia. Regional Economic Development Inc. data from 2013 named the company as one of the top-10 employers in Boone County.

PHOTO GALLERY: Seattle Seahawks claim Super Bowl victory over Denver

The Seattle Seahawks beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. It was the Seahawks' first Super Bowl victory.

PHOTO GALLERY: Seahawks lead Broncos 22-0 at Super Bowl half

The Seattle Seahawks led the Denver Broncos 22-0 at halftime in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. No Super Bowl winner has ever trailed by more than 10 points in the game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia weathers cold January

January in Columbia had plenty of snow and multiple days with temperatures in the negatives and single digits. The extreme cold drove people inside, made travel difficult and led to new winter activities.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Tiger Invitational

The Missouri swim team attempted to reach individual B cut times for the season's NCAA Championships later in the year. The team swam against clubs from Mid-Missouri and Kansas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball loses to Kentucky

Missouri rallied against the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats but fell short, ultimately losing 84-79, on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Freezing rain covers Columbia in ice

Freezing rain covered Columbia sidewalks and roads in sheets of ice overnight. City crews were working to clear the roads, but only 10 percent of residential streets had been treated and plowed by Saturday evening, according to a Public Works Department Facebook post.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia's Notable Historic Properties for 2014

Five new properties have been added to the list of Columbia's Notable Historic Properties for this year, including the Fairview Cemetery.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge wins crosstown rivalry vs. Hickman

The Rock Bridge Bruins defeated the Hickman Kewpies 59-54 in the annual crosstown rivalry game Thursday night at Hickman High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball beats No. 16 Vanderbilt

The Missouri women's basketball team knocked off No. 16 Vanderbilt 59-54 Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Housing industry in Columbia trending upward

Construction crews continue to build new houses throughout Columbia. Key housing industry indicators are trending up from the past year, according to the Columbia Board of Realtors' annual home sales statistics for 2013.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball clubhouse set to open soon

The new Missouri baseball clubhouse at Taylor Stadium will be equipped with arcade games and a movie theater-style media room. "This will become a home away from home (for) our players," coach Tim Jamieson said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aiden Taylor battles brain cancer

Aiden Taylor, 8, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that has spread to his spine. He has had two surgeries and will undergo chemotherapy and radiation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman, Rock Bridge girls basketball teams faceoff

The Hickman Kewpies girls faced off against the Rock Bridge Bruins girls on Wednesday at Rock Bridge High School. The Bruins won 66-51.

PHOTO GALLERY: UM System President Tim Wolfe on Menu Courey Case

UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke to reporters about the Sasha Menu Courey case at Wednesday's press conference at the Reynold's Alumni Center. “What I feel as a parent, is one of our students is dead. And I don’t want to feel that anymore," Wolfe said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Obama delivers State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber.

PHOTO GALLERY: Over the years, presidents have used different words to describe the union

President Barack Obama has frequently used the word "stronger" to describe the union in his State of the Union addresses. But past presidents have used different terms in their summations. Here is a collection of photos from past State of the Union addresses.

PHOTO GALLERY: No injuries in apartment fire on Claudell Lane

Firefighters were dispatched at 2:40 p.m. to the fire at 1006 Claudell Lane. Two people, one adult and one child, were in the apartment, and both escaped safely. The cause of the fire is not yet released.

PHOTO GALLERY: Yard waste at Capen Park is processed into mulch

Yard waste at the Capen Park mulch site is processed, and the mulch is available to the public from dawn till dusk.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman basketball defeats Hazelwood Central 71-48

The Hickman basketball team defeated Hazelwood Central 71-48 at the MFA Oil Break Time Shootout on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.