Fired band head says he was fixing vulgar culture

The attorney for Ohio State's fired band director released a document where the director tries to explain his actions.

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspection rules

Rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors by around a fourth. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens.

Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig

The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they had sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick.

Chiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury

Berry was able to put weight on the leg, but was noticeably limping, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was still awaiting word on the severity of the injury.

Missouri Peace Corps volunteer being evacuated

 Sosniecki is returning from Liberia, where he has been for six weeks.

UPDATE: 4 districts dropped from school transfer lawsuit

The plaintiffs asked a judge to drop all but Pattonville and Ritenour from the lawsuit because the other districts have agreed to accept Normandy students.

UMSL sets new record for fundraising

Chancellor Thomas George said $31.2 million was raised during the 2013-14 fiscal year — $10 million better than the previous year's fundraising total.

Missouri's top banking regulator retiring

Finance Commissioner Rich Weaver is retiring after a three-decade career that began by working in the division's mail room in 1985.

Stuck in limbo, Royals stand pat at trade deadline

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said "at the end of the day, there weren't any players we could get our hands on that would be upgrades over what we have."

Tennis star Wozniacki to run NYC Marathon

Caroline Wozniacki always feels confident she can outrun her opponent on the tennis court. The former No. 1 player figures that with a bit more training, she can cover 26.2 miles.

NBA referee Violet Palmer plans to marry partner of 20 years

Violet Palmer broke barriers in 1997 when she became the first female to referee an NBA game.

Pass defenders learn on the job with Rams

While rebuilding, the Rams haven't been bashful about throwing rookies into the fray at any position.

SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership

SeaWorld officials said the decision was mutual.

Congress attempts to finish VA, highway bills before recess

Three months before midterm elections, the unbreakable dispute over immigration exposed longstanding differences inside Republican ranks and postponed the start of the House's vacation one day until Friday.

Pilot program provides apartments for homeless veterans in St. Louis

The effort focuses on the "chronically homeless." Census figures show 112 chronically homeless people in St. Louis, 50 of them veterans. Veterans who qualify for the program can get free rent, utility assistance and services for other needs.

Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds

For a couple decades scientists have linked birds to the theropod dinosaurs because they shared hollow bones, wishbones, feathers and other characteristics. But the Lee study gives the best picture of how steady and unusual theropod evolution was.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Reject lottery amendment, despite worthy cause

There is a fear that the addition of a veterans lottery will siphon money from Missouri education.

Probe exposes flaws behind rollout

Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the website, creating widespread confusion and adding tens of millions of dollars in costs.

U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

The outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has killed more than 700 people this year.

In Columbia, Missouri Rep. Wright presses for lobbyist reform

John Wright, D-Rocheport, held a town hall meeting in Columbia on Wednesday night, proposing solutions for ending the influence that lobbyists have in the Missouri legislature.