Russia's Caucasus: breeding ground for terror

Two suspects in the Boston bombings were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, but there was no immediate information of their links, if any, to any insurgent group.

Hoaxes, scams abound after disasters like Boston

Like numerous disasters before, hoaxes and conspiracies have popped up in the chaotic first days after the tragedy, days when people want to jump in with help and support while investigations have barely begun or level of help for victims identified.

Makeshift memorial honors marathon's dead, injured

People take turns volunteering at the barricade on Boylston Street. But Ed Starbuck is perhaps the most faithful, arriving home at 2 a.m. Thursday, then turning around and coming back on the morning bus that arrived just before noon.

UPDATE: Boston police have bombing suspect in custody

The burst of activity came at the end of a tense day in and around Boston, and less than an hour after police announced that they were scaling back the hunt because they had come up empty-handed following an all-day search that sent thousands of SWAT team officers into the streets and paralyzed the metropolitan area.

UPDATE: Police converge on Mass. neighborhood after fatal shooting of MIT police officer

Cambridge police and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office said the officer was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot multiple times. He later died at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

As MU and Columbia grow, developers say city's infrastructure lags

The construction of new housing and parking complexes pepper downtown Columbia, but this new growth comes at a cost to the city's aging infrastructure.

Stay-at-home mother starts nonprofit CoMo Cares for children in need

CoMo Cares' motto is "Helping Children Thrive, Not Just Survive." The nonprofit organization aims to go beyond minimal needs to help struggling parents take care of their children.

Morel hunters still waiting for season to begin in earnest

The morel season usually goes from early April to the beginning of May, but this year's has been delayed because of cool weather.

City expects to see most growth in east, southwest areas

Columbia's east and southwestern neighborhoods, especially ones with existing infrastructure, are expected to expand greatly in the next 20 years.

Move-in finds common ground with Hickman baseball coach

Hickman's Aaron Tajnai, who moved from Wisconsin to Columbia at the end of February, has bonded with coach Dan Devine Jr. over their similar experiences with moving.

Rock Bridge baseball team takes to indoor facility on rainy days

Outside the temperature has dropped to 43 degrees and the wind howls off the high school. But coach Justin Towe's players are dry, protected from the elements indoors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hailstorm brings increased business to auto body shop

Marc LaFerriere, owner of Dents Unlimited/Toalson Glass on Big Bear Boulevard, said he wrote at least 25 estimates Thursday, and expects his shop to get six weeks of work from Wednesday's storm.

Missouri softball heads into LSU with a limited pitching staff

Missouri's pitching problems continue to trouble coach Ehren Earleywine as he and the team travel to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to seek revenge in a rematch of the 2012 Super Regionals.

Missouri River expected to flood this weekend at Jefferson City, Boonville

Columbia Regional Airport has measured more than 3 inches of rainfall since Sunday. If the river gets above 26 feet, pumping will begin at Hartsburg.

First ruby-throated hummingbird sightings of year recorded in Columbia

The ruby-throated hummingbird made an early spring appearance in Columbia on April 2.

Morel madness is finally heating up in mid-Missouri

Here's a round-up of some of our past coverage, as well as some links to more information about the topic.

MU Tap Day ceremony moved indoors due to rain

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Jesse Auditorium. The event is usually held on Francis Quadrangle.

City has seen development, growth in past decade

About 50 housing developments have been built in Columbia since 2002.

Flooding, heavy rains close roads in Columbia, Boone County

Drivers should avoid flooded roads because the depth and force of the water might not be evident, according to a release from Public Safety Joint Communications.

Videos show explosion in West, Texas

Fifteen people have been killed after a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas community. Another 160 people were injured in the blast.