Some Democrats panned the general’s testimony

WASHINGTON — Gen. David Petraeus told Congress on Monday he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30,000 U.S. troops by next summer, beginning with a Marine contingent later this month.

Shooting on a hot day at Finger Lake State Park

It's a nice day at Finger Lake State Park, and Erich Petzall is spending it doing something he enjoys. It might not be your idea of a typical day in the park, but according to Petzall, "There is no better way to spend a perfect day like this than firing guns at a place like this, it's a beautiful place."

Search for next UM president is sharpened

University of Missouri System curators now plan to interview presidential finalists at least twice before making a job offer — a precaution seemingly designed to avoid being spurned by candidates who get cold feet.

Columbia Chinese community reacts to bridge collapse

The bridge collapse in Feng­huang, Hunan province on Tuesday aroused quick responses from the Chinese community in Columbia this week. Some in the community have raised funds; others plan to donate money.

Strong earthquake in Peru kills at least 337

A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake shook Peru’s coast near the capital, killing at least 337 people and injuring 827, the Civil Defense said early Thursday.

New groundhog eating habits puzzle biologists

Wildlife biologists this summer were puzzled when reports started coming in about the bark being stripped off trees high above the ground.

In Congo, a youthful system of justice

With government institutions, including the courts, hobbled by decades of corruption and neglect, one of the few bodies still reliably administering justice is a parliament run by, and mostly for, children.

Chinese-made car tires recalled

A nationwide recall of about 255,000 Chinese-made tires was announced by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon on Thursday.

Teaching the Bible without preaching

There is broad agreement across the social, political and religious spectrum and, most important, the Supreme Court, that the Bible can be taught in public schools and that knowledge of the Bible is vital to students’ understanding of literature and art.

Fire district sued by former employee

A former chief of staff at the Boone County Fire Protection District has sued his former employer, alleging a retaliatory work environment and financial mismanagement.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria?

It’s a proven fact that most students self-segregate based on race. Don’t Believe me? Go look. Black kids sit with Black kids. White kids with White kids. Latinos with Latinos. But why? This is 2007! Shouldn’t we be past this by now? Why can’t we be totally integrated without compulsion?