World News Instant Index 10/10/2012

VIDEO: Knock-offs fail in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests.

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.

4:14 p.m. ET Starbucks Announces Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Starbucks announced today that it's turning its popular seasonal beverage, the pumpkin spice latte, into an ice cream. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, pumpkin spice latte ice cream will be released in November and will be available until February.

Image credit: Courtesy of Starbucks

3:10 p.m. ET Counterfeit Airb ags U.S. officials warned today that thousands of people could be affected by counterfeit airbags made overseas and installed in U.S. cars. So far, the counterfeit airbags have been found in more than 75 different makes and models. Officials said the knock-off airbags failed in crash tests by not deploying, deploying only partially or catching fire.

2:48 p.m. ET Police Rescue Dozens of Puppies in Ireland Up to 50 puppies were rescued Tuesday after police stopped two cars in Dublin. The breeds included cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, terriers, beagles, Labrador retrievers and 25 Jack Russell terriers. Police said they suspected the dogs were going to be sold for thousands of euros on the black market.

Image credit: Garda Press Office

1:55 p.m. ET Beyonce Drops Eastwood Beyonce has dropped out of Clint Eastwood's remake of "A Star Is Born." She said in a statement to E! News that it came down to scheduling.

"For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible," she said. "Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together."

Image Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images

11:16 a.m. ET Eagle Takes Crocodile Airborne African fish eagles don't usually hunt crocodiles, but this one clearly made an exception when it went after a juvenile Nile crocodile on the banks of a river inside the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Image credit: Mark Sheridan-Johnson/Barcroft Media/Landov

11:01 a.m. ET Actor and NFL Lineman Alex Karras Dead at 77 Alex Karras, the former NFL lineman who appeared in the sitcom "Webster" and the classic comedy "Blazing Saddles," has died at the age of 77. Karras suffered from dementia and was one of more than 3,500 NFL players suing the league over the way it dealt with head injuries.

10:30 a.m. ET Singer in Space This morning it was announced that singer Sarah Brightman, of "Phantom of the Opera" fame, would be the next space tourist. She is expected to blast off on a Russian Soyuz rocket in 2015 . The last space tourist paid $35 million in 2009. Brightman reportedly doled out more than $50 million for the experience.

Image Credit: Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images

10:19 a.m. ET I Am the Walrus He's 234 pounds, 15 weeks old and one of the luckiest, not to mention cutest, walruses around. Mitik, Mit for short, was orphaned in Alaskan waters and nursed back to health by the staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Now he is making his way to the Big Apple to join walruses Nuka and Kulu at the New York Aquarium. According to The New York Times, Mit will not meet his new exhibit mates for at least a few months as he's weaned off nursing.

Image Credit: Monica Cooper/Alaska SeaLife Center/AP Photo

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