Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 10/09/2012:

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Here are some of the AP Video-US stories we're working on for 10/09/2012:

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FEATURES

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CARING FOR RAPTORS — Almost all the sick, injured or orphaned birds that come through the Raptor Education Group Inc. in northern Wisconsin need life-saving help. There's the bald eagle that is recovering from botulism, the loon that has lead poisoning and the osprey injured by a methane gas burner. That's only a few of the stories of the 290 patients currently at the rehabilitation and educational center. Executive Director Marge Gibson says 98 percent of the injured birds that come in were hurt because of humans.

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NATIONAL

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SANDUSKY SENTENCING - Jerry Sandusky will learn what penalty a judge considers appropriate for the 45 counts of child sexual abuse for which the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted in June. Sandusky asserts his innocence, saying he vows to fights the charges.

NOBEL PRIZE AWARDED TO FRENCH-AMERICAN DUO - Serge Haroche of France and American David Wineland have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing methods to observe the bizarre properties of the quantum world, research that has led to the construction of extremely precise clocks and helped scientists take the first steps toward building superfast computers.

CAMPAIGN - With multiple polls predicting victory for either candidate, the upcoming election is heating up in the final weeks. Both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are campaigning in Ohio, an important battleground state.

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REGIONAL

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IA, ROMNEY TOUTS LESS FARM REGULATION - GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told a crowd in Iowa that he would loosen regulations on farms, if elected.

CO, POLICE RELEASE VIDEO OF MISSING GIRL - Police in Westminster, Colorado are releasing more photos of Jessica Ridgeway, a 10-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving for school. Authorities want people to note her mannerisms, voice and the gap between her two front teeth.

MI, WOMAN DIES OF MENINGITIS OUTBREAK, HUSBAND WORRIED HE IS AT RISK - Days after taking his wife off life support, George Cary got a phone call that confirmed his suspicions - her meningitis-related death was linked to tainted steroid injections at a Michigan clinic that had regularly treated her back pain.

FL, MAN DIES AFTER LIVE ROACH-EATING CONTEST - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of live bugs as well as worms.

TX, NEIMAN MARCUS SET TO RELEASE 86th CATALOG - Dallas-based retailer Neiman Marcus is set to release its 86th catalog, known for featuring expensive and often outrageous 'fantasy gifts.'

NM, SKYDIVE RECORD - Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner plans to end five years of preparation with a death-defying 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert. With this jump, he hopes to break not only the sound barrier, but three other world records.

NY, TERROR SUSPECTS FACE CHARGES - Three men who were brought from England to New York to face terrorism charges return to court to learn more about how their cases will proceed. Abu Hamza al-Masri, an Egyptian-born preacher, faces charges that he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998. The other two men, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary, will appear for the first time in court on charges that they participated in the bombings of embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

CO, WIDOW HOPES FOR CLOSURE AFTER NEWS FROM MEXICO - A Colorado woman whose husband was killed while the two were using personal watercraft on Falcon Lake on the U.S.-Mexico border said that news of the arrest of a potential suspect came as a surprise.

KY, EX-NFL CHEERLEADER PLEADS GUILTY TO STUDENT SEX - A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader pleaded guilty to having sex with her 17-year-old student while she was a teacher at a northern Kentucky high school, a move that will allow her to avoid jail time.

GA, CDC: STEROID-RELATED MENINGITIS CASES RISE - Health officials say the number of people sickened by a deadly meningitis outbreak has reached 119 cases and the number of deaths to 11. (Oct. 8)

AMERICAN PILOTS PROTEST ONEWORLD ALLIANCE - American Airlines pilots are protesting the oneworld alliance and using the press conference as a way to raise their concerns about the company's management. (Oct. 8)

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INTERNATIONAL

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AFGHANISTAN FEMALE RAPPER - 23-year-old Sosan Firooz is making history in her homeland by rapping about her life as an Afghan refugee. She has an uncommon support system in her family in a society that frowns on women who take to the stage.

GREEKS PROTEST MERKEL - German leader Angela Merkel arrived amid draconian security measures and a mass protest in Athens for her first visit to Greece since the Eurozone crisis began there three years ago.

IMPRISONED DUTCH KILLER IMPREGNATES GIRL - A Dutch newspaper says that Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, has impregnated a woman while imprisoned in Lima.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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LADY GAGA ARRIVE IN ICELAND FOR LENNONONO AWARD - Lady Gaga arrived in Reyjavik, Iceland to receive the LennonOno Grant for Peace from Yoko Ono at a ceremony at Reykjavik's Harpa concert hall.

NIEMANN WANTS FANS TO 'FREE THE MUSIC' - Country singer Jerrod Niemann has opened Pandora's music box with his sophomore album, 'Free the Music.'

KUNIS NAMED SEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE - Esquire magazine has named Mila Kunis its Sexiest Woman Alive. (Oct. 8)

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

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GIRAFFE DIES AFTER SURVIVING ZOO ASSAULT - A zoo in Poland is mourning the death of its star attraction, Tofik, the giraffe. The rare animal and his two playmates were subjected to an attack after which the female giraffes died from stress, leaving Tofik widowed. Just a few months on, Tofik suffered from colon problems and has died.

INDIA RURAL ECONOMY - A data processing company in India has transported the country's outsourcing boom from metropolitan Bangalore and the suburbs of New Delhi to a farming village in the Himalayan foothills. It's created 50 new jobs and brought a glimmer of hope to a cluster of farming hamlets barely touched by India's economic transformation over the past two decades.

FRANCE WEDDING SHOW - Classic bridal gowns with clean lines dominated the catwalk at this year's Marriage Fair in Paris. And with budgets tight, brides-to-be are having to make sure their 'Big Day' doesn't break the bank.

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