World News Instant Index 10/8/2012

VIDEO: VIDEO: Lioness encounter with an antelope calf has a happy ending.

From the cute and cuddly to the unconventional and awe-inspiring, here's a look at the photos, videos and characters that have our newsroom talking today.

8:45 p.m. ET

Strange Love It was hard to find a person in the newsroom who wasn't captivated today by these pictures out of a national park in Uganda. What seems like a deadly showdown between a lioness and a young antelope turns into a moment of tender affection as the lioness extends her paw. Looks like the antelope won her over in the end.

5:24 p.m. ET

Welcome Home! On Saturday in front of 85,000 people, Army Sgt. 1st Class Scott Faile had a homecoming he and his family would never forget. Before the University of South Carolina football game, Faile's wife and two of his three children took to the field, believing he was still in South Korea, to be honored as the "Military Family of the Game." They watched a video that he'd recorded while he was in South Korea and thought the ceremony was over, until he appeared on the sidelines.

4:26 p.m. ET Chimps in Space NASA sent animals into space to make sure it was safe to send humans. One of the animals they sent was Ham, a chimp named after the New Mexico base where he lived, "Holloman Aero Med." Click here to see more photos of NASA's most adorable space explorers.

Image Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS

3:21 p.m. ET Never Stop Selling QVC guest host Cassie Slane appeared to pass out in the arms of host Dan Hughes while selling a kid-friendly tablet Sunday on the shopping network. Despite the incident, Hughes did not mention it on air. Instead he kept pushing the product while the director took a tight shot of the tablet. Slane, a mother of three, posted on her Facebook page Monday: "I am feeling alot better today!"

2:51 p.m. ET Best Dodgeball Move Ever? In a move that looked to be out of the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," this dodgeball player not only avoided being hit, but got his opponent out on the same play. The gravity-defying move began 40 seconds into the video.

1:44 p.m. ET OSU Ode to Video Games The Ohio State University Marching Band wowed the crowd with its tribute to video games during halftime Saturday. The band played music from "Pac-Man," "Halo," "The Legend of Zelda," "Tetris," "Pokémon" as well as other classic games. More impressively it did it all with complex choreography, acting out different parts of each game. The video of the performance now has more than 1 million views.

11:17 a.m. ET 'Angry Birds Star Wars' Come November, the pigs are hoping "the Force" won't be with the birds. Rovio Entertainment announced today that on Nov. 8 it will release "Angry Birds Star Wars," the newest version of the popular video game. According to USA Today, the birds and pigs will have the personalities of the movie's iconic characters.

"They are not 'Angry Birds' dressed up as 'Star Wars' characters," Paul Southern, vice president of licensing and consumer products marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd., told USA Today. "They are characters in their own right."

10:49 a.m. ET Fallin' Fast On Tuesday, Felix Baumgartner is scheduled to become a man of many firsts when he steps out of a balloon and free-falls from 120,000 feet above the Earth. If all goes as planned, he will free-fall for 5 minutes and 35 seconds, reach 690 mph and break the following records:

  • First human to break the speed of sound in free-fall (Mach 1 more than 690 mph)
  • Highest free-fall altitude -120,000 feet (Joe Kittinger hit 105,000 feet in 1960)
  • Highest manned balloon flight at 120,000 feet (previous record was 113,740 feet in 1961)
  • Longest free-fall (Baumgartner's team expects 5 minutes, 35 seconds; Kittinger's was 4 minutes, 36 seconds in 1960)
  • Largest manned balloon in history at 550 feet tall, with a volume of 30 million cubic feet

Image Credit: Red Bull

10:08 a.m. ET Massive Wreck A 25-car wreck on the final lap of Sunday's NASCAR race at Talladega brought the event to an end prematurely for all but five drivers. No one was seriously injured in the accident.

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