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BC-AP World Features Digest

BC-AP World Features Digest

Below is a list of feature stories that The Associated Press plans to move in the coming week. Questions about the stories may be addressed to the North America Desk supervisor in New York at 212-621-1650 (fax 212-621-5449 or e-mail amidesk(at)ap.org) or to individual bureaus in your country or region.
We will update this digest daily, adding new features as available. Feature stories that moved in the previous three days are included at the bottom for editors who may not have seen them.
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Travel-Trip-Ski-East v West
Travel-Trip-Budapest Bathhouses
Travel-Trip-Airport Attractions
Travel Trip-North Carolina Ski
Tuesday, Dec. 29
US-HOLIDAY SHOPPING-LUXURY CARS
DETROIT _ This holiday season, the luxury car buyer is offering a simple phrase: I'm not spending too much. Wealthier shoppers are starting to trickle back into showrooms after staying away much of the year. But there's a catch. Many are pinching pennies, sort of, by choosing smaller models of Mercedes or BMWs _ or buying top-of-the-line cars from cheaper brands. By Tom Krisher and Dan Strumpf.
AP Photos, AP Graphic.
US-SPECTRUM SHORTAGE
WASHINGTON _ Wireless devices such as the iPhone are transforming the way we go online, letting us look up driving directions, find a coffee shop and update a Facebook page on the go. But as phones get more sophisticated, they need to transmit and receive more data over the airwaves. And the spectrum of wireless frequencies is finite. Now wireless phone companies fear they could run out of room, leaving congested networks that frustrate users and slow innovation. The companies' answer? They want bigger slices of the airwaves _ even if other users have to give up rights to theirs. By Joelle Tessler.
AP Photos, AP Graphic.
US-MOBILE AD PIONEER
SAN MATEO, California _ Four years ago, Omar Hamoui was just another ineffectual entrepreneur trying to spruce up his resume in graduate school. Now he's poised to become a $750 million weapon for Google Inc. as it tries to extend its dominance of online advertising from computers to mobile devices. Google is buying Hamoui's expertise in a $750 million acquisition of AdMob, a network for ads on iPhones and similar gadgets. He launched the business while struggling to support his wife and children as a student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. By Michael Liedtke.
AP Photos.
Wednesday, Dec. 30
WHEN DRUGS STOP WORKING-THE MEAT WE EAT
FRANKENSTEIN, Missouri _ Farmer Russ Kremer says he was nearly killed by the use of antibiotics on his pig farm. And more and more, other Americans _ many far from farms _ are at risk. In a nation that used about 35 million pounds of antibiotics last year, 70 percent of the drugs _ 28 million pounds _ went to pigs, chickens and cows. This prevents infection and makes the animals grow faster. But it also can lead to a deadly consequence: Animals fed antibiotics can develop new drug-resistant infections that are now being passed on to people. "This is a living breathing problem, it's the big bad wolf and it's knocking at our door," says an infectious disease specialist. By Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason. AP Photos.
WHEN DRUGS STOP WORKING-HIV-DR. DESPAIR
PRETORIA, South Africa _ Dr. Theresa Rossouw is on the front lines of a new battle emerging in the fight against HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: The drugs that once worked so well are starting not to work. Today, between 5 percent and 30 percent of HIV patients worldwide have drug resistant strains. In Africa, that's due partly to the consequences of good deeds gone wrong. Recent infusions of public and private money have brought HIV medicines to Africa _ but not enough. Patients who don't take a complete drug regimen develop a more severe strain of the disease. By Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason. AP Photos.
FOOD-A LIFE IN WINE
ST. HELENA, California _ Peter Mondavi went to work in the wine industry during Prohibition when he was just 12, nailing together boxes for his dad's business shipping California grapes to home winemakers back east. Eight decades later, the hammer's gone, but he's still on the job at his family's Charles Krug Winery, a survivor of boom and bust with a unique perspective on a year when the bottom dropped out of the market for luxury wines. By Michelle Locke. AP Photos
FOOD-HEALTHY-VEGETABLES
UNDATED _ Eating less isn't the only way to weigh less. While starving yourself can help you shed pounds, it isn't healthy and will only leave you with stronger cravings that you're more likely to cave in on than if you had eaten a moderate, balanced and healthy diet. The key to losing weight and staying satisfied is to eat foods that are low in calories but high in bulk and fiber, such as vegetables, whole grains (such as pasta and rice) and low-fat soups. By Jim Romanoff. AP Photos
WITH: Recipe for simmered Mediterranean vegetables and tuna
FOOD-HEALTHY EATING
UNDATED _ Right about now you're probably thinking about those resolutions... Vowing to eat better, cook more and shed the holiday pounds. To help you get started _ and spend that gift card from your mother-in-law _ here's the latest healthy-eating, better-living cookbooks. By Michele Kayal.
AP Photos
With: Food-Healthy-Brownies
FOOD-DEADLINE-CROSTINI
UNDATED _ If the holidays have you scrambling for party-worthy grub, consider crostini (Italian for bread with stuff piled on it). The beauty of crostini is that the components often can be prepared ahead of time. The bread, for example, can be sliced, drizzled with olive oil and toasted up to a day in advance. Just let the slices cool completely and store them in an airtight container until needed. With the bread out of the way, all you need to do is sort out what to put on it. By AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch. AP Photos
WITH: Recipe for Gorgonzola and white bean crostini with honey
HOMES-AGING IN PLACE
At 88, Grif Crawford knows he's at risk of a fall or other sudden health problem. So he wears a pendant that can summon help if something goes wrong. His at-home technology can also be programmed to answer his phone, remind him to take his medicine or alert him to a fire. Devices designed to help seniors stay in their homes _ rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living facility _ now can monitor their movements, vital statistics and sleep and bathroom patterns, among other things. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. AP Photos.
GARDENING-RED AND GREEN
At this darkest time of year, what better way to show faith in the continuity of life than displaying some greenery? Add a few red berries and the scene is complete, for within berries lie seeds of life to come. Plus, red and green look pretty together. There's holly, yes, but other plants also mix evergreen leaves and red berries. By Lee Reich. AP Photos.
Thursday, Dec. 31
GLOBAL EDUCATION
DALLAS _ Despite a recession that may have limited the number of U.S. students traveling abroad in exchange programs, some parents are going out of their way to make sure their children have extended international experiences. By Linda Stewart Ball. AP Photos.
SKI-EAST V WEST
The differences between skiing in the East and West are significant and many: altitude, acreage, snow and weather are all different, starkly so at times. But many of the best competitive skiers the United States has ever produced _ World Cup champion and Olympic medalist Bode Miller, for example _ grew up carving turns in the Northeast, where skiers learn by necessity at an early age the kind of knee angle and weight transfer required for setting an edge in hardpack or ice. By Brett Martel. AP Photos.
BUDAPEST BATHS
BUDAPEST _ Sometimes called the city of spas, Budapest is home to over a dozen thermal spas. The bathhouses make perfect destinations for weary tourists, sore backpackers, and families _ as well as hung-over concert-goers. By Carey J. Williams. AP Photos.
AIRPORT ATTRACTIONS
With the latest terrorist incident in the skies, air travelers are more on edge than usual and security lines are even longer. But if you're looking for something to take your mind off the worries and the waiting, a few airports actually offer unique attractions. It won't make the lines shorter, but checking out the stuffed polar bear at the Anchorage airport, playing slots at the Vegas airport or watching live music at the Austin airport might just bring a smile to your face on an otherwise stressful day. By Beth J. Harpaz. AP Photos.
TRAVEL TRIP-NORTH CAROLINA SKI
BLOWING ROCK, North Carolina _ Skiers in North Carolina have an unusual treat this year: The Blue Ridge Mountains are dressed in winter white from an early snowstorm coating native rhododendrons in iridescent crystal ice and creating a solid base on the slopes. The ski resorts and snow guns are going full bore. By SOFIA MANNOS. AP Photos.
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Previously moved features
Saturday, Dec. 26
THE SPECIAL CHILDREN
Sunday, Dec. 27
CHINA-MEGA-CITIES
US-BURYING THE POOR
AFGHAN POLICE-WOMEN
KILLER TUBERCULOSIS
VENEZUELA-CHALLENGING CHAVEZ
Monday, Dec. 28
JIMMY CARTER'S SMILE
CARTER'S SMILE-ROSALYNN
MALARIA FIGHTS BACK


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:51 GMT+08:00