Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we are working on for 12/11/2012

Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we are working on for 12/11/2012:



PEPPERMINT PIGS - A Christmas tradition that involves smashing a candy pig and sharing the broken pieces. See Only On AP.

DOOMSDAY CULTISTS FLOCK TO MOUNTAIN - As December 21 nears, doomsday believers flock to a mountain refuge in France. See International.




CANDY PIGS A CHRISTMAS TRADITION - Around Saratoga Springs, NY, smashing peppermint pigs with small hammers is a holiday tradition, dating back more than a century. The broken porkers then get passed after Christmas dinner for good luck. AVAILABLE NOW.




PELOSI CALLS FOR VOTE ON EXTENDING MOST TAX CUTS - Rebutting Speaker John Boehner's remarks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on Republicans to permit a vote on President Barack Obama's plan to let tax cuts expire at upper incomes, while keeping them in place for the middle class. AVAILABLE NOW.

RIGHT-TO-WORK PROTESTS - Large protests have been taking place Lansing, Mich., today as lawmakers approved a measure making Michigan as a right-to-work state. If the governor signs it, as he's expected to do tomorrow, no one will be required to join a union or pay dues. AVAILABLE NOW.

HSBC SETTLEMENT - British-owned bank HSBC is paying $1.9B to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe. The bank investigated for involvement in the transfer of funds from Mexican drug cartels and sanctioned nations like Iran. AVAILABLE NOW.

FISCAL CLIFF - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to say whether discussions between the White House and Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff were making any progress, other than to say they were cordial. AVAILABLE NOW.




NY, SECTIONS OF 1 WTC SPIRE ARRIVE IN NEW YORK - The crowning spire of the World Trade Center's tallest building is making its way to the Lower Manhattan site. AVAILABLE NOW.

FL, ZIMMERMAN MUST STILL WEAR GPS MONITOR - A Florida judge has denied defense requests to end 24-hour GPS monitoring of George Zimmerman while he is out on bond in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. AVAILABLE NOW.

LA, POSSIBLE TORNADO SLAMS TOWN - A possible tornado hit Baker, Louisiana, damaging homes and knocking down power lines. AVAILABLE NOW.

NY, DELTA BUYING PORTION OF VIRGIN ATLANTIC - Delta Airlines is buying almost half of British airline Virgin Atlantic as it aims to boost its share of the lucrative New York-to-London market.

TX, MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FOOTBALL PLAYER - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent attended the memorial for teammate Jerry Brown, who died in a car accident that led to intoxication manslaughter charges against Brent. AVAILABLE NOW.

CO, BEERS AND CAROLS - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Denver congregation sponsors a quarterly event, Beer and Hymns, which was rechristened Beer and Carols for the holiday. AVAILABLE NOW.




MEXICO DRUG FIGHT - The newly elected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto promised to continue combating all illegal drug production and trafficking in Mexico, including marijuana. AVAILABLE NOW.

DOOMSDAY CULTISTS SEEK REFUGE ON MOUNTAIN - Hundreds of people are expected to visit the peak of Bugarach mountain in the Pyrenees on December 21, the date on which the world will end, according to the Mayan calendar. AVAILABLE NOW.

PANETTA ON SYRIA - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Syria is not showing any new signs that it's preparing to use chemical weapons. Panetta commented while flying to Kuwait. AVAILABLE NOW.

NOBEL BANQUET - Nobel laureates in fields including medicine, chemistry, physics and literature were honored at a banquet in Stockholm on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. AVAILABLE NOW.




'ZERO DARK THIRTY' PREMIERE - Director Kathryn Bigelow and actress Jessica Chastain premiere their new movie, 'Zero Dark Thirty,' about the military operation which killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. AVAILABLE NOW.

PENN AMONG WELLWISHERS FOR CHAVEZ - Actor Sean Penn expressed admiration and support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a candlelight vigil. AVAILABLE NOW.

'LES MISERABLES' PREMIERE - Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe premiere 'Les Miserables' in New York. AVAILABLE NOW.




DNA DATABASE - The British government has announced plans for a DNA database that could one day hold the genetic details of every person in the UK. AVAILABLE NOW.

PRISON AT THE END OF THE WORLD - Once one of the most feared jails in the world, the prison in Ushuaia, Argentina, has been turned into a museum designed to attract tourists. AVAILABLE NOW.

UKRAINE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Traditional Christmas decorations in Ukraine involve plenty of glassblowing. Modern day glitter baubles and papers stars are a far cry from the spaceships and helicopters that trumpeted national achievements under Communism. AVAILABLE NOW.


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