Stanford sex assault victim becomes a powerful symbol

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With her furious and graphic 12-page letter to the court, the young woman at the center of the Stanford University sexual assault case has instantly become a powerful symbol of courage and resilience to other sex-crime victims, all while remaining anonymous.

  • Written by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

Ali to be mourned with traditional Muslim prayer service

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muslims have traveled from all over the world to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a Kentucky arena for a final tribute to Muhammad Ali.

  • Written by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

In Memphis and around US, economic averages miss big picture

EDITOR'S NOTE _ This story is part of Divided America, AP's ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Dozens of FedEx jets queue up for takeoff at the airport here. Beale Street, the heart of the music district, hums with tourists. Yet the empty storefronts in Memphis' moribund downtown and the cash-advance shops strewn near its highways tell another story.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

AP Exclusive: Water giant gave $1.4M loan to official

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California public water district that earned a rare federal penalty over what it described as "a little Enron accounting" loaned one of its executives $1.4 million to buy a riverfront home, and the loan remains unpaid nine years later although the official has left the agency, according to records and interviews.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writer