World News Instant Index 10/12/2012

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.

5:25 p.m. ET 'Oprah's Favorite Things' Returns "Oprah's Favorite Things" is back and bigger than before. The queen of talk is taking the popular segment from her old daytime show and turning it into a two-hour special that is scheduled to air on her cable channel, OWN, Nov. 18.

Image credit: Ben Rose/WireImage

4:23 p.m. ET 'Friday Night Lights' Fight "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" has gone from the motivational mantra of the football team in the show "Friday Night Lights" to a 2012 campaign issue. Romney has used the words on the stump, much to the displeasure of the show's writer-director Peter Berg. In a letter written to Romney that was published by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg said: "Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series … please come up with your own campaign slogan."

Image credit: NBC

3:19 p.m. ET Michael Vick: Dog Owner Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick, who spent 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges in 2007, confirmed Thursday that he is a dog owner.

"I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," Vick said in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family."

Image credit: Jimn Luzzi/Getty Images

2:48 p.m. ET Giant Eyeball Washes Ashore A giant eyeball from an unknown sea creature washed ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Wednesday.

Carli Segelson/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

12:04 p.m. ET Endeavour Goes for a Drive Last night the space shuttle Endeavour began its 12-mile trip from Los Angeles International Airport to its permanent exhibition at the California Science Center. As the shuttle traveled the streets of Los Angeles on a 160-wheeled carrier, hundreds of people came out in the predawn hours to see it on day one of its two-day drive.

Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

11:31 a.m. ET New Stones Single For the first time in seven years the Rolling Stones have released a new single, "Doom and Gloom." The song is part of their greatest hits collection, "Grrr!," that hits stores Nov. 13.

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