Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 09/19/2012


Associated Press

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 09/19/2012.




ANCIENT PAPER MAY CONFIRM JESUS HAD A WIFE - Karen King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, announced at an international congress on Coptic Studies in Rome that a 4th Century fragment of papyrus has possibly provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married.




CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE - School resumes after the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to end the strike that has idled more than 350,000 students and disrupted the daily routines of thousands of families. Union leaders say the contract is not perfect but they were able to win enough concessions to put it to a full membership vote.

CARNEY: GOP'S REDISTRIBUTION VIDEO 'DESPERATE' - White House spokesman Jay Carney said a video from 1998, which purportedly features President Obama speaking about 'redistribution' and is now being circulated by Mitt Romney, is the work of a campaign having 'a very bad day or a very bad week.'

AUNG SAN SUU KYI - Myanmar's democracy icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi continues her U.S. visit in Washington, D.C. and is honored with the Congressional Gold Medal.

ELECTION POLL SAYS RACE NECK-AND-NECK - A new poll suggests that the race between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney remains neck-and-neck. Lifted by the energy from the Democratic National Convention, Obama's approval rating is back above 50 percent, and the share of Americans who think the country is moving in the right direction is at its highest level since just after the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

ROMNEY-RYAN CAMPAIGN - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigns in Florida today and participates in a 'Meet the Candidates' forum for Univision. His running mate Paul Ryan campaigns in Virginia.




NY, MODEL WITH ACNE TALKS ABOUT HER ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN - Acne-scarred model Cassandra Bankson wants to help others who suffer from cystic acne. She does YouTube tutorials for those with bad acne on how to apply makeup and also walks in New York fashion shows.

WV, MAJOR CUTS FOR COAL PRODUCER ALPHA - Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources announced it is cutting production, closing mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and cutting 1,200 jobs. The company blames competition from natural gas and a difficult regulatory environment.

NY, ART INSTALLATION IN COLUMBUS CIRCLE - Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has constructed a contemporary living room on top of the Columbus Monument in Columbus Circle, where a 13-foot statue of Columbus is perched on a six-story column in the middle of a plaza where five busy streets intersect.

NY, HTC, MICROSOFT UNVEIL NEW WINDOWS PHONES - HTC and Microsoft have unveiled two new Windows phones, the Windows Phone 8X and 8S. The smartphones feature the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and boast a slim design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio and new camera capabilities.

TX, AMERICAN AIRLINES EXPECTS TO CUT 4,400 JOB CUTS, WARNS 11,000 - American Airlines is sending layoff notices to more than 11,000 employees although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.

DC, WASHINGTON AND PHELPS TALK ABOUT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB - Olympian Michael Phelps and actor Denzel Washington talk about their involvement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

EAST COAST STORM LEAVE THOUSANDS IN DARK - Tens of thousands of homes and businesses were left without power from Maryland to Connecticut, after heavy rains and high winds pounded the East Coast on Tuesday.

TX, ENDEAVOUR BEGINS RETIREMENT JOURNEY ACROSS U.S. - The space shuttle Endeavour has embarked on its new life as a museum piece en route to California. NASA's youngest shuttle will make a pit stop in Houston today.

KY, ARMY TESTING ARMOR FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS - Female soldiers from Fort Campbell deploying to Afghanistan will field the first Army body armor that is shorter and better tailored to fit women's physiques.

GA, PROF.: ROMNEY DIDN'T CONVEY 'SENSE OF EMPATHY' - Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, says Mitt Romney's comments about nearly half of American voters believing they are victims made the GOP candidate look like a cross between Ebenezer Scrooge and Marie Antoinette. (Sept. 18)

PA, 8 NEW LAWSUITS ALLEGE PHILADELPHIA PRIEST ABUSE - Eight new lawsuits allege the Archdiocese of Philadelphia covered up child sex assault allegations against seven Roman Catholic priests. The plaintiffs came forward after a former archdiocesan official was found guilty of child endangerment. (Sept. 18)

NV, SURPRISE DISCOVERY MADE AT HOME OF NEVADA RECLUSE - A recluse whose body was recently found in his Nevada home kept boxes of gold coins there worth approximately $7 million. The coins had been minted as early as the 1840s. (Sept. 18)




COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT SAYS LAST MAJOR DRUG LORD CAPTURED IN VENEZUELA - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the last prominent drug lord in Colombia, Daniel Barrera, also known as 'El Loco,' has been captured in Venezuela. Venezuelan authorities said that Barrera was making a call from one of dozens of public phones that they had been monitoring in the area.

POLISH OFFICIALS SEIZE 194 BOTTLES OF SUSPECT ALCOHOL - Polish authorities said that they had seized 194 bottles of alcohol suspected to be contaminated with methanol. The toxic substance is used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits for manufacturers.

FRENCH NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES MUHAMMED CARICATURES DEPITE TENSIONS - France stepped up security at some of its embassies after Charlie Bebdo, a satirical Parisian weekly, published crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

ANTI-ISLAM FILM PROTESTS - Protests continue throughout the Middle East and Asia against an anti-Islam film produced in the Unites States. The U.S. has temporarily shut down its consulate in Indonesia in response to protests. In Pakistan, several hundred lawyers protesting the film forced their way into an area in Pakistan's capital that houses the U.S. embassy and other foreign missions.

PALESTINIANS REACT ANGRILY TO ROMNEY'S REMARKS - Palestinians reacted with frustration and disappointment after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told donors that they 'have no interest' in peace with Israel.

PANETTA MEETS WITH CHINA VP - U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta met with Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping and held more than an hour of discussions focusing on U.S.-China military-to-military relations.

JAPAN LAUNCHES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION - Japan's cabinet stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendations in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups. The decision came the same day Japan launched a new regulatory body to review nuclear power in Japan.




DURAN DURAN'S TAYLOR TELLS ALL IN NEW BOOK - Duran Duran bassist John Taylor talks about his new autobiography.

LOHAN ARRESTED IN NYC - Police say Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in New York City on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop. She was given a ticket and will have to appear in court at a later date.

AEROSMITH AND THEIR NEW ALBUM - Rock band Aerosmith discuss their upcoming album and whether they will continue to make music together.

ADAMS DISCUSSES EASTWOOD, 'MAN OF STEEL' AND MOTHERHOOD - Amy Adams talks about working with Clint Eastwood on her new film 'Trouble With the Curve.' She also stars as Lois Lane opposite Henry Cavill as Superman in next year's 'Man of Steel.'

MINOGUE AND CARAX WALK RED CARPET FOR 'HOLY MOTORS' - Kylie Minogue and director Leos Carax walk the red carpet for their new film 'Holy Motors.'




AUSTRALIA FLOWER FESTIVAL - Canberra is in full bloom at the Floriade annual flower festival. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the festival, with about half a million visitors expected to visit over the next month. Crowds are projected to spend more than $30 million dollars at the event.

ECO-FRIENDLY BUILDING IN LONDON - Electronics giant Siemens is opening the doors of what is claimed to be one of the most advanced environmentally friendly buildings in the world. The glass Crystal, positioned a short distance from London's Olympic Park, aims to use half the energy of other major exhibition spaces and produces 65 percent fewer polluting emissions.

SECOND-HAND CLOTHING BOOMING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA - In the Nigerian city of Lagos, the business of second-hand donated clothes is booming. Every day, containers brimming with used t-shirts, dresses and trousers that are donated from Europe and the United States are sold in Nigeria's markets.

IRELAND SMOKING BAN EIGHT YEARS LATER - Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce a total ban of smoking in all workplaces in 2004, prompting many other countries to follow suit. Today, while the health and economic benefits of the smoking ban are a matter of some debate in Ireland, it remains popular among smokers and non-smokers alike.


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