London Olympics: Durant, U.S. men's basketball roll over Argentina 126-97

Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 28 points during the Americans' explosive 42-point third quarter, turning a one-point game into a blowout that sent the U.S. soaring into the quarterfinals.

NASA cheers Mars landing, welcomes new photos

Engineers celebrated the landing of Curiosity, a roving laboratory the size of a compact car, on Mars on Monday.

London Olympics: Mustafina wins bars gold, Douglas places last

Aliya Mustafina of Russia won gold on uneven bars and Beth Tweddle of Great Britain received her first Olympic medal. American Gabby Douglas finished last.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri's unconstitutional — and expensive — public defender crisis

Missouri's public defender system needs an overhaul. Tax increases to help will save the state money in the long run.

FROM READERS: Hot hummingbirds

John Hall photographed hummingbirds drinking at his feeders and spotted one unusual, long-tongued bird.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: A practical, expansive and correct court ruling

The Missouri State Supreme Court ruled the state auditor is empowered to write fiscal notes for ballot issues.

London Olympics: U.S. judoka expelled from Olympics for doping

American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics on Monday after testing positive for marijuana. The positive test was taken on the day of his event, in which he placed seventh.

Joplin girl dies, mother arrested in abuse case

An 18-month-old Joplin girl died Saturday after being on life support in a Kansas City hospital since July 31.

London Olympics: Williams not finished playing, eyes Rio 2016

Serena Williams said she will defend her gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

Man shot, killed during home invasion in Dellwood

A 38-year-old Dellwood man was shot and killed in his home Monday morning after a struggle with several suspects who broke into the house.

Joplin mosque catches fire for second time this summer

A fire on Monday engulfed the Islamic Society of Joplin after firefighters arrived on the scene.

Missouri contest will reward older workers

Missouri's Older Worker of the Year contest will honor workers who are at least 65 years old and demonstrate dependability and skill.

London Olympics: Zanetti pulls off big upset in still rings final

Arthur Zanetti of Brazil upstaged defending Olympic champion Chen Yibing to win the still rings title Monday, handing Chen only his second loss since 2006.

Large fire burns house in south Columbia

Fire officials at the scene did not know the cause or origin.