Neighbor Churches, Split on Race Lines, Work to Heal Divide

Photos by Branden Camp There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one black and one white. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a small park, in a hilltop historic district overlooking downtown.

America Seen From Abroad: Arrogant, Nice, Tech-Savvy, Free

The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government.

Expert to Rio Athletes: ‘Don’t Put Your Head Under Water’

Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.

3 Sisters Go From Homeless Shelter to Junior Track Stardom

Every morning, three young sisters wake up together with their mom in one bed in a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Every afternoon, they train in a sport that they hope will put them on a path to a better life.

Divided America: Women in Office

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January.

500 Elephants Relocated in Malawi

Photos by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi Half a dozen African elephants lay strewn on a riverside plain in Malawi, immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter in a massive project to move 500 elephants, by truck and crane, to a sanctuary for the threatened species.

The Things They Carried

Photos by Maya Alleruzzo Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq’s special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Divided America: Gun Views Fractious Even as Fewer Bear Arms

This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

US Hardware Arrives in Cuba to Protect Hemingway Possessions

Photos by Desmond Boylan Just before noon outside Ernest Hemingway’s Havana estate, a metallic screech cut through the chirping of tropical birds and the sound of a live band entertaining tourists.