Kerry: U.S. and Karzai agree on language for pact

The document now goes to the Loya Jirga, a 3,000-member council of elders that has the right to revise or reject any clause of the draft agreement. Whatever they agree upon then goes to the Afghan parliament, which could make still more changes before the agreement is approved.

Costas to offer interviews, not commentary, on Russia law

Bob Costas will add late-night hosting duties to his prime-time responsibilities for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. One of the issues he plans to address is Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" law, but he has no intention of offering a commentary on the issue.

Emails show Chris Nicastro advised group promoting end of teacher tenure

The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association feels that Chris Nicastro went too far in promoting an initiative to end teacher tenure.

Limited patient choice next health overhaul issue

Insurance plans for the Affordable Care Act may not be as inclusive as it is advertised to be.

Lucky's Market set to open in January

Organic and specialty grocer Lucky's Market will open Jan. 15 in the old Osco Drug building.

Fairview Park plans ready for public review

Planned improvements would make thepark more independent of Fairview Elementary grounds.

Input sought Thursday about installing lights at American Legion field

A public input meeting for the American Legion east field lights will take place on Thursday.

FROM READERS: A book review on 'The Deserters'

Joe G. Dillard, a long-time Columbia resident, reviews the book, “The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II” by Charles Glass and shares his own connections to Glass' story.

DT Kyle Love gets another chance with Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive lineman Kyle Love this week and released Anthony Toribio. Love had success with the New England Patriots before being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Slow starts slowing down Chiefs struggling offense

Andy Reid and Alex Smith acknowledge the fact that the Chiefs may be more successful if the offense can score early.

Paul Richard Heine, May 16, 1949 — Nov. 15, 2013, of Columbia

Paul Heine was an avid outdoorsman. He worked at the Columbia Environmental Research Center for 34 years.

Bye refreshing for Rams rookie running back Stacy

Zac Stacy, the fifth-round pick, regularly gets 20-plus touches on game day, followed by rest early in the practice week to help preserve him for another game.

No injuries reported in accident at Providence and Elm

A two-vehicle accident with no injuries occurred at Providence Road and Elm Street on Wednesday night.

Arkansas school to keep logo despite trademark spat

Green Forest School Board voted to keep its tiger logo. "We don't feel like we are treading on their trademark," School Board President Bud Phillips said about MU's complaint about the "nearly identical" tigers.

North Carolina permanently distances itself from 3 former basketball players

The letters prohibit the players from contacting current UNC athletes, bar them from the Kenan Football Center or other campus athletic facilities and prohibit them from providing recruiting or financial assistance for athletics.

Several talented quarterbacks wrapping up careers in SEC

A.J. McCarron, James Franklin, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw and Zach Mettenberger are wrapping up their careers, and this could also be the last month to see Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel play in college.

Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy

President Barack Obama awarded 16 living and deceased Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy. Obama also visited Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


Harvard researchers find nut consumption may lower risk of cancer, heart disease

A 30-year Harvard study found that daily nut eaters were 20 percent less likely to get cancer or heart disease than those who never ate nuts.

Dierdorf to retire from broadcasting after season

Dan Dierdorf, 64-year-old Hall of Famer, announced he would retire from broadcasting after his 43rd season of involvement with the NFL.

Man who fired shots at Joplin school released from prison

In October 2006, Thomas White fired an assault rifle inside Memorial Middle School in Joplin, where he was a seventh-grader. A judge ordered his release after a hearing Tuesday.