Norway's World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen competes in the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, India

The cheating scandal rocking the chess world


World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway withdrew from an online chess match against 19-year-old American player Hans Niemann at the $350,000 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a house after a Russian attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 11, 2022.

As the war rages in Ukraine, Radio Sputnik occupies the airwaves in American heartland

Health care workers gather for lunch purchased by members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)

Pandemic raises fears for immigrant doctors whose status in the US is uncertain

Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas, center, walks among protesters Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo., during a unity march to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.

Federal agents could drive ‘even further divisions in our city and our country,’ says Kansas City mayor

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The Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

A man holds soybeans in his hands.

How soybeans became China’s most powerful weapon in Trump’s trade war

China was once one of the biggest buyers of US soybeans. Now that the trade war between the US and China has intensified, tariffs have been put on US soybeans. Now, farmers across the country are hurting.

Burger King patrons in St. Louis were greeted by a somewhat confusing menu: A Whopper with no beef.

The meatless Whopper’s ‘Impossible’ goal: To save the planet


The Whopper is an icon of American culture. But the Whopper is getting a complete overhaul. And when we say complete, we literally mean complete.

Abandoned homes in Hyde Park neighborhood.

St. Louis’ poorest residents ask: Why can’t our houses be homes?


Trump’s housing agenda looms large over Missouri’s critical US Senate race.

A cow

The Quapaw tribe hopes a cattle slaughterhouse will provide jobs in rural Oklahoma


Native American tribes in Oklahoma contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy, including the cattle industry. One tribe in Oklahoma is providing a much-needed service in that industry — a processing plant where other ranchers can take their cattle to get grocery-store ready.

Man looking across rows of tins

A fading Missouri monastery finds new life — in Vietnam


As Assumption Abbey’s monks grew old and few, they found few young Americans willing to take up the cloth. So they looked abroad.