Column: Shaun White's grand grab for gold comes up empty

The reign was over before Shaun White raised a hopeful finger signaling he was No. 1 as he crossed the finish line of the halfpipe. The judges weren't going to give him this one, and even he seemed to recognize that. Too many mistakes, and a gnarly trick pulled off to perfection by a rider known as I-Pod took care of that.

Germany's Carina Vogt wins first gold medal in Olympic ski jumping

Based on training sessions in the Caucasus Mountains above Sochi, the battle for the Winter Olympics' first-ever gold medal in women's ski jumping was between Sara Takanashi and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. Carina Vogt had other ideas.

NBC's Bob Costas sitting out with eye infection

With both eyes reddened by an infection, NBC's Bob Costas said Tuesday he will sit out the network's prime-time Olympics coverage for at least one night. "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer will take his place in Sochi.

GUEST COMMENTARY: National recovery is real, though little noticed

The president hasn't gotten any political benefit from decreasing deficits. State surpluses are being attributed to two things — national economic growth and an increase in state's personal income taxes.

Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert, Oct. 25 1944 — Feb. 9, 2014

Wynna Faye Tapp-Elbert died Feb. 9, 2014. She was 69.

11 things you might not know about MU

In honor of MU's birthday, we set out to find some events and facts from the university's 175 years that may not be known widely known.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Michael Sam — All-American on and off the field

Society is changing, as well as the culture of professional sports. And changing, too, thanks in part to Mr. Sam, is the definition of a football player and a teammate.

Tolton trumps Battle in schools' first boys basketball matchup

Battle High School boys basketball hasn't had much to cheer for this season with a 4-16 record, but a new rivalry looks promising.

No. 3 Florida outlast Tennessee 67-58

After falling behind in the first half due to Tennessee's strong shooting, the Florida stepped up its defense down the stretch and won 67-58 Tuesday night for their 16th consecutive victory.

Jack Clark retracts comments about Albert Pujols

Former St Louis Cardinals player Jack Clark retracted comments he made last August alleging former Cardinals star Albert Pujols of steroid use.

ACLU to challenge Missouri gay marriage rules

It was unclear if the ACLU suit will challenge Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages or if it would simply ask that the state recognize marriages from other states.

U.S. economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

A few weeks ago, the short-term economic outlook was brighter. But two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists' predictions of breakout growth in 2014.

Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution about an issue the church has formally debated since the 1970s.

Hickman girls basketball team takes care of Jefferson City

Kendahl Adams scored 17 points in the Kewpies' win.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't let local control of cell towers slip away

Missouri lawmakers seek to strip control of cellphone towers from local governments, ceding power to telecommunication giants. Local groups claim that such acts would cost local governments the authority of land-use oversight.

Reports detail pilots heading to wrong airports

According to government safety data and news reports, at least 150 flights have been reported that landed at, or attempted to land at the wrong airport since the early 1990s. In nearly all the incidents, the pilots were cleared by controllers to fly based on what they could see rather than relying on automation.

Missouri House panel backs end to Kansas business battle

The bill endorsed Monday by a special House business committee would affect four counties on each side of the Missouri-Kansas line in the Kansas City area.

Missouri House committee endorses 'right to work'

If they clear the legislature, two union-related measures would go on a statewide ballot.

TUESDAY: 5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics

Shaun White is eager for his chance at making history in the halfpipe contest, but conditions are deteriorating with warm temperatures in Sochi.

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

After her Hollywood career, Shirley Temple Black raised a family and later became active in politics and held several diplomatic posts in Republican administrations, including ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the historic collapse of communism in 1989.