Southeast Missouri levee blown open to alleviate potential severe flooding

In this image taken from video, an explosion lights up the night sky as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday breaches the Birds Point levee in Mississippi County. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers gave the order to blow a two-mile hole into the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri.

The Army Corps of Engineers used liquid explosives to destroy a section of the Birds Point levee. The move will flood Missouri farmland in an attempt to spare the Illinois town of Cairo.

PHOTO GALLERY: More reactions to bin Laden's death

An outbreak of celebrations happened across the country after hearing the news Osama bin Laden was killed by a U.S. operation. Crowds gathered outside the White House, and MU students swarmed Greektown in Columbia.

VIDEO: Crowd cheers 'USA, USA, USA' after bin Laden's death

A crowd which gathered during the late hours of Sunday night after President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan cheers "USA, USA, USA."

UPDATE: Bin Laden killed in fiery raid in Pakistan

The discovery that bin Laden's was living in an army town in Pakistan raises pointed questions about how he managed to evade capture and even whether Pakistan's military and intelligence leadership knew of his whereabouts and sheltered him.

VIDEO: Crowd sings 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye'

VIDEO: Crowd sings the national anthem after bin Laden's death

The crowd on Richmond Avenue sings the "Star Spangled Banner" on Sunday night hours after President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

UPDATE: Bin Laden died in house near Pakistan's capital

Osama bin Laden was holed up in a two-story house 100 yards from a Pakistani military academy when four helicopters carrying U.S. anti-terror forces swooped in the early morning hours of Monday and killed him.

UPDATE: President Obama says 'Justice has been done' in announcing killing of bin Laden

Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in a firefight Sunday with U.S. forces in Pakistan, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade.

UPDATE: Crowds gather in New York City, Washington, D.C., after bin Laden killed

Americans gathered in jubilant crowds to cheer, sing and applaud early Monday after the president announced that Osama bin Laden was killed, including hundreds gathered at ground zero where the twin towers once stood in Lower Manhattan.

Officials: Bin Laden killed near Islamabad

Osama bin Laden was killed in a helicopter raid on a mansion in an area north of the Pakistani capital, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Monday.

Columbia boy receives Disney trip through Make-A-Wish Foundation

Luke Schawo, 4, was born with a severely underdeveloped heart. His life has been filled with hospital visits, doctors appointments and surgeries. Now he lives just like any other little boy, and he's about to have one of his wishes granted. 

Crowds gather in New York City, Washington, D.C., to cheer after bin Laden killed

Hundreds of people were gathering in New York City at ground zero, where the twin towers fell on Sept. 11 nearly 10 years ago, hours after President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed.

Columbia College softball team keeps loose before games

The Cougars are set to play a doubleheader against William Woods in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Tuesday in Columbia.

Hickman girls soccer team wins first game of season

The Hickman girls soccer team snapped a 13-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over St. Francis Borgia on Monday night at Hickman.

State pays out far fewer extended unemployment benefits than expected

Unemployment benefit collections are not matching up to numbers projected by Gov. Jay Nixon's administration.

Columbia man witnessed spontaneous White House celebration

Washington, D.C., residents packed outside the White House not to celebrate the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden but to rejoice in a moment of genuine American patriotism.

Birkhead pleads not guilty to October murder of homeless man

One of two men arrested in the murder of Jerry Edward Schneider plead not guilty to armed criminal action and second-degree murder.

5,319 students to graduate from MU this spring

The commencements will begin 1 p.m. Friday with a Trulaske College of Business graduation and end at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with a College of Engineering graduation.

Heavy, sudden flooding continues with 5 inches of rain

Downpours caused more evacuations in areas where the water had been receding.

Evidence, a Christian rock band, grows in faith and renown

The Columbia-based Christian band Evidence came together about two years ago and plans to release its first CD this summer. Singer Ayron Plummer said the rock band's music can be interpreted as “anthems for the lost,” giving light to those who feel down in their lives.