NASA takes 23,000-foot view of the world's coral reefs

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii (AP) — Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 23,000 feet above.

  • Written by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

Modi to Congress: India, US can anchor stability in Asia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that the world's two largest democracies can anchor stability and prosperity from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific in an aspirational speech that glossed over continuing divisions in the relationship.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

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