A selection of AP stories that are especially good reads, shareable, consumer-friendly or likely to generate talk or buzz:
AMERICAN SNIPER-TRIAL - Ex-Marine guilty of murder in 'American Sniper' trial faces life in prison without parole. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, with likely focus on sorting out details on defense's basis for appeal, views of mental health advocates, family reaction.
LGBT YOUTH-SEX TRADE STUDY - Study details lives of LGBT youths in New York City who get by via earnings from sex trade. SENT: 500 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION - Supreme Court weighs hijab wearer's religious discrimination claim against Abercrombie & Fitch. SENT: 460 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1500 GMT. arguments, 500 words by 2000 GMT, photo.
THAILAND-FISHING-PIRATES AND SLAVES - Urine pools under a bed where an emaciated man lies wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. Enslaved on a Thai fishing boat in the far reaches of Indonesia, he was rescued from a tiny island, but weeks later he still could not walk or even remember his own name. He is one of countless hidden casualties of severe overfishing in Thailand, which an environmental group says has encouraged illegal fishing and the widespread use of slave labor. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
ASIA-ARRESTS AND POLITICS - Political leaders across Asia face arrests, jail, often because of politics. SENT: 1,000 words in chunky text. UPCOMING: photos.
HUNGARY-VILLAGE FOR RENT - Hungarian village available for rent; comes with sheep, cows, temporary deputy mayor post. SENT: 230 words. Seeking photos; prospects uncertain.
GERMANY-POISON GAS - Rusted can of Zyklon B poison gas unearthed in German garden; unlikely from Nazi era. SENT: 130 words.
CHINA-VARIETY SHOW OUTRAGE - China's most watched show causes fury over jokes mocking unmarried women, female officials. SENT: 330 words.
SPACE STATION - Astronauts take 2nd spacewalk in 5 days for cable, lube work outside the space station. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; spacewalk expected to last until around 1830 GMT.
MODERN FAMILY-PHONING IT IN-Q&A - Co-creator speaks on decisions, lessons on using iPhones to shoot 'Modern Family' episode. SENT: 790 words, photo.
TV-RANCIC-ZENDAYA - Rancic apologizes for 'weed' remark about Zendaya's dreadlocks, vows to avoid stereotypes. SENT: 130 words, photo.
CHICAGO-INJURED SPORTS STARS - Pain game: Chicago gets double sports whammy with Kane hurt, Rose to have knee surgery again. SENT: 830 words, photos.
COMING UP LATER TODAY
PETS-ANIMAL FILM FESTIVAL - The first festival last year drew 74 total entries. This year there were 327. PCOMING: 600 words, photos.
SENDAK MUSEUM - Ridgefield, Connecticut, wants a museum honoring one of its most famous residents, Maurice Sendak, the late author of "Where the Wild Things Are." UPCOMING: 450 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
COMPUTERIZED GAMER (HOLD FOR RELEASE, 1800 GMT) - Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of old fashioned Atari video games. That may sound like not much of an accomplishment, but this proved something other deep thinking programs didn't. UPCOMING: 550 words, HOLD FOR RELEASE at 1800 GMT.