Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 10/03/2012

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 10/03/2012.

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FEATURES

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ROCK THE VOTE - Rock the Vote is partnering with BlueBite in a campaign to raise awareness about voter suppression efforts across the country. BlueBite's technology will allow smartphone users to connect with an interactive campaign by tapping or scanning NFC enabled posters to immediately register to vote.

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NATIONAL

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FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE - President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney square off in Denver tonight in their first debate of the election season. The AP speaks to voters about what they are expecting to see tonight, as well as experts on what the public should see. The AP will also be providing coverage of the debate and reactions and analysis after the debate.

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REGIONAL

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IL, MARIJUANA FIELDS DISCOVERED IN CHICAGO - Police say they discovered two football fields worth of marijuana growing in the South Side of Chicago.

CT, BELL FACTORY REOPENS AFTER FIRE - Bevins Brothers, a family-owned business, has produced bells at the same East Hampton location for 180 years until a fire destroyed the factory in May of this year. The company will be reopening in East Hampton.

MN, WILDFIRES FORCE EVACUATIONS IN NW MINNESOTA - The wildfire that forced the evacuation of Karlstad, Minnesota has now been contained. However, several more fires are burning in the Northwestern part of the state.

WI, ANCHOR WOMAN FIRES BACK AFTER WEIGHT CRITIQUE - Anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston of WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin responded on air to a viewer who wrote in an email that she is overweight and a poor role model. Livingston says she has received well over a thousand supportive messages.

NY, NYPD TRACKING GANG CRIME VIA SOCIAL MEDIA - The NYPD will be doubling the size of its gang unit to combat a surge in social media-fueled violence. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly unveiled the plan Tuesday at a law enforcement conference in San Diego.

FL, BATTER UP! BACK IN MLB AFTER 7 YEARS - Adam Greenburg struck out in his one at bat for the Miami Marlins. Greenburg was hit in the head in his first MLB plate appearance in 2005, and hadn't appeared in the Major Leagues since.

NC, BIDEN: MIDDLE CLASS BEEN 'BURIED' LAST FOUR YEARS - Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been 'buried' during the past four years, a statement that Republicans immediately seized upon as an unwitting indictment of the Obama administration. (Oct. 2)

MI, TESTS COME BACK NEGATIVE IN SEARCH FOR HOFFA - Police investigating a claim that former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried in a suburban Detroit backyard say testing on soil samples shows no traces of human decomposition. (Oct. 2)

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INTERNATIONAL

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SYRIA - A government official says three suicide bombers detonated their explosives near an officers' club in the Syrian city of Aleppo, trapping several bystanders under rubble. Another blast went off nearby, close to the Chamber of Commerce.

POPE BUTLER ON TRIAL - Members of the Vatican police force said that they found thousands of documents hidden inside the home of Pope Benedict XVI's former butler, including original documents signed by the pope bearing indications they should be destroyed.

SOUTH AFRICA MINERS STRIKE - Gold miners in Orkney, in the northwest province of South Africa, staged a large rally over poor wages and living conditions.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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PRINCESS BRIDE 25th ANNIVERSARY - The 1987 screwball fairy tale 'The Princess Bride' celebrated its 25th anniversary with a red carpet reunion at the New York Film Festival.

LIL WAYNE TALKS NEW ALBUM AND AALIYAH - Lil Wayne said that whatever he produced next will defy expectations. When asked about the rumored posthumous Aaliyah album to be produced by Drake, he supported the efforts, saying 'it's an awesome collaboration.'

BLAINE GOES HIGH VOLTAGE WITH LATEST STUNT - Magician-daredevil David Blaine is returning to New York City on October 5 for a three-day, three-night stunt where he stands in the middle of a million volts of electric currents. It's called 'Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.'

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AP LIFESTYLE (AP VIDEO-US INCLUDES AP LIFESTYLE STORIES)

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WORLD ALLERGIES ON THE RISE - The worldwide rise in allergies, including asthma and hay fever, is not due to our clean sterile homes according to scientists, but the gradual loss of microorganisms which used to keep us healthy hundreds of years ago. But researchers say this does not mean you should drop standards of hygiene, in the mistaken belief that antibacterial washes and soaps are reducing our ability to fight off allergies.

KENYA MOTORSHOW - It's the biggest event in the Kenyan motor sports calendar. The 'Concours D'Elegance' draws thousands of car enthusiasts to Nairobi each year. The event is entering its 42nd year.

UK FOOD PRICES - Britain's wet summer is wreaking havoc with the country's crops. It's predicted the poor harvest and spoiled crops will cause a price rise for goods like potatoes and grain, which will be felt in consumer's pockets.

ITALY PRODUCES BIOPLASTIC - A small company in northern Italy has discovered a way to produce biodegradable plastics from sugar beet waste, without the need for petroleum. Each year, Italy has to collect and dispose of hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic waste which is threatening the environment.

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