World News Instant Index 10/9/2012

Oct 9, 2012 2:14pm

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From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the cute and cuddly, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos, and stories that have our newsroom talking today.

5:01 p.m. ET
‘Peanuts’ on the Big Screen
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang will be hitting the silver screen Nov. 25, 2015. 20th Century Fox Animation announced today that it was partnering with Blue Sky Studios to turn the comic strip into a movie. The screenplay is ready to go and was written by “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz’s son and grandson.

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Image Credit: Lee Mendelson Films/The Kobal Collection


3:34 p.m. ET
CIA’s Bin Laden Training Facility Found in Satellite Photo
The Navy SEALs trained extensively on a mock-up of bin Laden’s compound before the May 2011 mission. At the time, the training facility in North Carolina could not have been more secret. Today though, thanks to Bing’s map service, the public can finally see what the model compound looked like while it was being constructed. Click here to see The Atlantic’s comparison of bin Laden’s real compound and the one the CIA built.

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Image Credit: Nokia | Microsoft | DigitalGlobe

 

2:44 p.m. ET
Fastest Food
What’s the fastest fast food restaurant in America? According to Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Magazine’s annual Drive-Thru Performance Study the answer is Wendy’s by 20 seconds. On average Wendy’s took 129.75 seconds to fulfill an order, while second place Taco Bell took 149.69 seconds. The study was conducted by visiting each of the seven restaurants between 203 and 362 times. Here’s the complete list of results:

  1. Wendy’s: 129.75 seconds
  2. Taco Bell: 149.69 seconds
  3. Bojangles’: 171.61 seconds
  4. Krystal: 175.94 seconds
  5. McDonald’s: 188.83 seconds
  6. Chick-fil-A: 190.06 seconds
  7. Burger King: 201.33 seconds
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Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images


1:25 p.m. ET
28 in Dog Years
The Obama’s Portuguese water dog, Bo, who was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, turned 4 today. First lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “It’s a big 4th birthday for Bo! He’s getting some extra treats today. -mo”

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Image Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

 

12:04 p.m. ET
Lasers Reveal Hidden Stonehenge
New research that used a laser to scan Stonehenge has revealed that the iconic monument was designed to highlight sunlight as it passed through the stone circle at midsummer and midwinter. The stones were positioned to look their best at sunset on the shortest day of the year and at dawn on the longest.

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Image Credit: English Heritage

 

11:07 a.m. ET
Final Act?
After completing his latest stunt, where he spent three days standing in the center of 1 million volts of electricity, David Blaine said he is calling it quits when it comes to these kind of exploits, according to Sky News.

“This is my last endurance stunt that I’m ever going to do. But I look forward to everything. Love you,” Blaine, 39, told the audience, according to Sky News.

 

10:38 a.m. ET
Losing Religion
One in five Americans said they have no religious affiliation, according to a study from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. In the last five years, there’s been a five percentage point increase – 15 percent to 20 percent. The study also revealed that for the first time in U.S. history, Protestants were not the majority. The number of Americans who identified as Protestant dropped to 48 percent.

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Image Credit: Getty Images

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