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.




RIGHT-TO-WORK PROTESTS - Large protests are planned in Lansing, Mich., today as lawmakers are on the cusp of voting Michigan as a right-to-work state. If the vote goes through, no one will be required to join a union or pay dues.

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 - It is silence from the White House and Congress as the deadline to make a deal approaches. In order to break for the Holidays, an agreement needs to made sooner than later.




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 - A memorial service is being held for Dallas Cowboys player Jerry Brown after he was killed in a car crash.

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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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