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Posted: Nov 18, 2012 3:31 AM

Updated: Nov 18, 2012 3:32 AM


Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, news producer Jerome Minerva can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Mike Musielski (ext. 1900). Times in EST.


OBAMA News conference at 7:10 a.m.



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Israeli strikes hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip, as Israel warns it was widening its range of targets to go after military commanders of the territory's Hamas rulers. Palestinian militants meanwhile fired at least one more long-range rocket at Tel Aviv, the fourth day in a row which the Israeli heartland has come under fire.


BANGKOK As President Barack Obama launches a four-day Southeast Asia tour, the White House is hailing alliances with countries such as Thailand Obama's first stop as cornerstones of the administration's enhanced focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


YANGON, Myanmar When Obama speaks at Yangon University, he'll be treading on ground heavy with political and historical significance. The campus was a launching point for pro-democracy protests, and Myanmar's former junta cracked down hard. Today, few students walk the broken pathways of what was once one of Asia's finest universities. For many, the school has become a symbol of the country's ruined education system, a monument to nearly fifty years of misrule.

MYANMAR-PHOTO GALLERY Myanmar ready for historic Obama visit.


VATICAN CITY When Pope Benedict XVI announced last month he was transferring his respected sex crimes prosecutor to Malta to become a bishop, Vatican watchers immediately questioned whether the Holy See's tough line on clerical abuse was going soft and if another outspoken cleric was being punished for doing his job too well. In an interview with The Associated Press, Bishop-elect Charles Scicluna insists he wasn't the latest casualty in the Vatican's turf battles and Machiavellian personnel intrigues.



NEW ORLEANS The company that owns an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico vows to continue searching for a second missing worker after a body was recovered in the waters near the site.


ALTADENA, Calif. Federal officials are investigating a collision involving two police helicopters in the Los Angeles area that left five officers and a civilian with minor injuries.

Sports Coverage: NFL, NBA, auto racing college basketball and golf.

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week." Topics: The fiscal cliff; Benghazi; and the David Petraeus sex scandal. Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Peter King, R-N.Y.; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.


NBC's "Meet the Press." Topics: Petraeus sex scandal; and Benghazi. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham R-S.C.; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Raul Labrador.


CBS' "Face the Nation." Topics: Petraeus sex scandal; and Benghazi. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.


CNN's "State of the Union." Topics: Petraeus; Benghazi; fiscal cliff; and politics. Durbin; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md.; former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.


"Fox News Sunday." Topics: Petraeus; Benghazi; and politics. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Govs. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.

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