How Switzerland joined the World Cup seeded elite

The rise of the unheralded Swiss in the FIFA rankings has brought a tournament seeding that will allow the country to avoid many of the top teams in the group stage. Switzerland's status, however, demands an explanation for fans who don't recall that this landlocked Alpine nation of 8 million hosted the 1954 World Cup.

Fire outside north Columbia home sends woman to hospital

A woman was burned while trying to extinguish the fire. She was transported to University Hospital.

Missouri sued over limits on health reform advice

The state's requirement that insurance navigators receive training and pay a fee is under fire from a group of medical organizations.


Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

A growing number of couples are attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo, helped by new ways to pick the ones most likely to succeed.

COMO SOCIAL: Find the best of CoMo with TripAdvisor and Yelp

Learn about Columbia through social websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp, and see what previous guests and locals find to be the best restaurants and attractions.

Parkade Elementary embraces social media in the classroom

The school is using Twitter as a learning tool in its classrooms to connect with students and parents.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Boeing deal an extraordinary challenge

In order to entice Boeing Co. to build its newest plane in Missouri, legislators must submit a proposal by Dec. 10. The stakes are high, and many other states have expressed interest.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Compare state and local ACT results

Available data can be used to compare the average ACT score of individual districts to the state average.

FROM READERS: Documentary about small-town life will play Monday at Ragtag

Medora is a look at life in Medora, Ind., by following four teenage basketball players.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government should not be allowed to limit free markets

When government takes over a market removing competition, it is no longer free to compete with other like businesses.

US Hockey Hall of Fame inductions held

Doug Weight and Bill Guerin began their friendship before they were in the NHL and grew closer while playing together for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders.

Missouri lawmaker Steve Webb resigns amid criminal case

Webb said he believes the criminal charges "will work themselves out," but that he didn't want his colleagues and constituents to be harmed by the distraction of his legal challenges.

Fast-food strikes aim at 100 U.S. cities

The strike is intended to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.


11 penalties doomed Rams against 49ers

St. Louis' two-game winning streak was snapped in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.


No. 3 Auburn players say it's more pluck than luck

The third-ranked Tigers have navigated a season of close calls and amazing finishes to make it into Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship game against No. 5 Missouri.

Drop hurts Redskins more than chain gang gaffe

The glaring error by the officiating crew didn't cost the Redskins in their 24-17 loss Sunday night. Some of the same mistakes that have plagued the team all season did.

Chiefs try to regroup after 3 straight losses

The Chiefs became the first team in NFL to win its first nine games and then lose three in a row.


Slow economic growth likely in 9 Midwest, Plains states

According to a survey of nine states, the overall economic index for November is 51.2, an increase from October's 50. An above-50 score suggests growth, while any score below 50 suggests decline, survey organizers say.

Gay artifacts subject of new museum collection

Items for the new display at the Missouri History Museum could include drag queen dresses, leather vests and handwritten protest signs. The museum's effort to preserve gay history is similar to those taking shape in other cities. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Get the priorities straight on Missouri's elections

Incidents of non-U.S. citizens voting, or people voting under the wrong identities, are far less common than the glitches and barriers that prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their right to vote.