A selection of AP offerings that are especially good reads, shareable, consumer-friendly, or likely to generate talk or buzz:

UKRAINE-CHILDREN OF WAR - Some Ukrainian kids have been let down twice: First orphaned or abandoned by their parents, they were then dumped by their new families when the Ukrainian government stopped paying benefits to foster families in separatist-controlled areas. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM — Small Pacific nation of Vanuatu hit by powerful cyclone Pam; unconfirmed reports of deaths. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: Seeking satellite image. Photos from scene unlikely at this time given the hour and remote location.

ART-FUNERAL URNS — As cremations soar, more people are looking for urns that, well, don't look like urns. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video expected, timing uncertain.

PISTORIUS-APPEAL - Lawyers for double-amputee Olympian fail in attempt to stop prosecution appeal. SENT: 430 words, photos.

MEXICO-PRODUCER'S WIFE KILLED - Mexico judge convicts former 'Survivor' producer in wife's slaying, sentences him to 12 years. SENT: 430 words, photo.

EBOLA-AMERICAN PATIENT - American who contracted Ebola in Africa arrives at hospital in Maryland for treatment. SENT: 230 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

MEXICO-SNOWSTORM - Mountain snowstorm shuts down traffic for 8 hours on major highway into Mexico City. SENT: 150 words, photo.

INDIA-FAILED GROOM - Indian bride walks out of her wedding ceremony after groom-to-be fails to solve a simple math problem. SENT: 250 words, photo.

KOREAS-DIVIDED LANGUAGE - After 70 years of division, North and South Koreans speak increasingly different languages. SENT: 890 words, photos. With KOREAS-DIVIDED LANGUAGE-GLANCE: A look at some sayings that can be misinterpreted.

INDIA-BANNING IDEAS - In India, a complex mix of sensitivity and identity politics leads to a slew of bans. SENT: 920 words, photos.

JAPAN-WWII BATTLESHIP - Japanese WWII battleship Musashi exploded under water, new footage suggests. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IDITAROD-5 LESSONS LEARNED - a look at some of the painful lessons from the past that are changing the way the mushers race. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CITIZEN KANE-HEARST CASTLE - The acclaimed film will be shown at Hearst Castle, the elaborate California estate built by the newspaper magnate who inspired it. SENT: 400 words, photos.




UKRAINE CHILDREN OF WAR - With story listed above. SENT: 24 photos.

MEXCO-CHARRERIA-PHOTO GALLERY - Mexico's best charro horsemen lasso galloping mares, flip bulls by their tails and test their mettle atop untamed horses. SENT: 340 words, photos, highlighted by RLB309.

ART-FUNERAL URNS - With story listed above. SENT: 13 photos.

PEOPLE-MICHELLE OBAMA - TOP PHOTO: NYET499 - Ellen DeGeneres dances with the first lady as she takes part in the #GimmeFive Challenge in honor of the 5th anniversary of the "Let's Move!" Initiative




US_FERGUSON TENSIONS - Police try to calm Ferguson tensions. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.