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

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



12/12/12 - From marriages to gambling, people around the country are celebrating the unique day in their own way. See National.

FANCY COCKTAILS IN THE SKY - Airlines are offering upscale cocktails on flights. See Only On AP.

THE POPE TWEETS - Pope Benedict XVI tweeted his first tweet. See International.




FANCY COCKTAILS ONBOARD AIRLINES TAKING OFF - Airlines are offering new, upscale cocktails on board flights, some resembling those at the hottest nightclubs. The specialty drinks are part of a larger push to get passengers to pay for a little in-flight luxury. AVAILABLE NOW.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATER LEVELS - The Mississippi water levels are so low that commerce may be shuttered from St. Louis to Memphis any day now. About $7 billion in commodities such as corn, grain, coal and petroleum are set to flow along the Mississippi in the months of December and January. AVAILABLE NOW.




RETIRING LIEBERMAN: 'PARTISAN POLITICS' PROBLEM- Retiring Senator Joe Lieberman has given his final address on the Senate floor. Lieberman will be succeeded in January by Democratic congressman Chris Murphy. AVAILABLE NOW.

GOP REP: TAXES ARE GOING UP, NO MATTER WHAT - Oklahoma Republican Congressman Tom Cole says the GOP has no control over one key fact--that taxes are going up, no matter the outcome of talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. AVAILABLE NOW.

BOEHNER: OBAMA NOT MEETING PROMISES ON CLIFF - At a news conference, Speaker of the House John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of not meeting his own promises on making a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. AVAILABLE NOW.

OREGON MALL SHOOTING - Police say the man who opened fire in a suburban Portland shopping mall apparently killed himself after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third. AVAILABLE NOW. AVAILABLE NOW.

12/12/12 - A day of luck and superstition. Around the country, couples line up to wed on the unique day.

SHANKAR DIES AT 92 - Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 92. Shankar introduced western audiences to traditional Indian music in the 1950's and 60's. AVAILABLE NOW.




WV, INTERSTATE 77 REOPENS AFTER W.VA. GAS INFERNO - Interstate 77 has reopened in both directions in West Va. after crews worked through the night to repair damage from a massive natural gas line explosion and fire. AVAILABLE NOW.

OR, MALL SHOOTER USED STOLEN RIFLE - Police say the gunman who killed two people and himself in a shooting rampage at an Oregon mall was 22 years old and used a stolen rifle from someone he knew. AVAILABLE NOW.

NY, WORLD TRADE CENTER SPIRE HOISTED - The first section of spire that will reside atop One World Trade Center is hoisted after arriving at Pier 25 in Lower Manhattan. AVAILABLE NOW.

DC, INAUGURAL MAJOR UNDERTAKING - Using a large map on the floor of an auditorium, officials discussed the details for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. They say thousands of active duty troops and National Guard members will be on hand. AVAILABLE NOW.

AL, PARTIAL-ROOF COLLAPSE DURING INTERVIEW - An Alabama homeowner saw part of his roof cave in as he was being interviewed on TV about severe weather, including a tornado that struck Birmingham, Ala. AVAILABLE NOW.

CA, NEW CONDOM RULES WORRY ADULT FILM INDUSTRY - The adult film industry in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley is concerned about mandatory condom rules that voters approved in November. Executives say productions will leave L.A. and thousands of behind-the scene workers will lose their jobs. AVAILABLE NOW.

NY, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER CONTEST - The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership held its first ever Ugliest Holiday Sweater in NYC Challenge. The contest was part of the organization's first annual 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer Festival. (Dec. 11) AVAILABLE NOW.




PRAYERS FOR CHAVEZ'S HEALTH - Venezuela's Vice president calls on Venezuelans to pray for Chavez's health. AVAILABLE NOW.

SYRIAN REFUGEES IN A RACE AGAINST WINTER - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been uprooted by the country's brutal civil war, and now many fear they're losing a battle against winter conditions. AP looks at a refugee camp near the border with Turkey. AVAILABLE NOW.

VATICAN TWITTER - Pope Benedict XVI hit the one million Twitter follower mark as he sent his first tweet from his new account. AVAILABLE NOW.

NORTH KOREA ROCKET - North Korea fired a long-range rocket, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un took a big step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear missile. AVAILABLE NOW.

UKRAINE PARLIAMENT SCUFFLE - Ukraine's newly elected parliament has convened after a disputed vote, but its first session was marred by a protest and a fight. AVAILABLE NOW.




SAG NOMINATIONS - Nominations announced for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. AVAILABLE NOW.

FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER PREGNANT Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager announced that she's pregnant with her first child, due in the spring. AVAILABLE NOW.

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR SHANKAR - Tributes are pouring in for sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar who introduced ragas to the West. AVAILABLE NOW.

STREISAND, ROGEN PREMIERE NEW COMEDY - Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen attend the premiere of their new comedy, 'The Guilt Trip'. AVAILABLE NOW.

NYC GALA HONORS JACKMAN - Anne Hathaway attends NYC gala honoring Hugh Jackman. AVAILABLE NOW.




WORLD'S LARGEST BLUE SAPPHIRE - The world's largest blue sapphire has been found in Sri Lanka and valued at $800 million. AVAILABLE NOW.

ATARI LOVERS' CONVENTION - Fans of retro gaming have gathered in Poland for the fifth annual ATARI lovers' convention. AVAILABLE NOW.

AUSTRALIA CHERRY HARVEST - After two disastrous harvest years, cherry growers in the Australian town of Young are hoping their fortunes have turned around as they celebrate with this year's Cherry Festival. AVAILABLE NOW.


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