World News Instant Index 10/15/2012

Oct 15, 2012 2:50pm

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From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Comment below with the stories you’re talking about or tweet them to us using #InstantIndex and they could appear on World News. 

Alien Planet
A new planet recently discovered by two armchair astronomers is something out of the movies. The planet orbits two stars — like “Tatooine” from “Star Wars” — and was found when the two men noticed the stars flickering in tandem. The discovery was confirmed by Yale astronomers who said they would have missed it if it wasn’t for the amateurs.

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Image credit: Haven Giguere/Yale

Disaster Averted
Veteran BASE jumper Richard Henriksen found himself inches away from death after the stunt he was attempting went horribly wrong. Henriksen was trying to leap off a 4,000-foot cliff by swinging from a high bar, but the bar broke apart. He tumbled out of control over the edge of the cliff, narrowly missing the rocks.


Americans Win Nobel Prize
Alvin Roth, 60, a professor at Harvard Business School, and Lloyd Shapley, 89, a professor emeritus at University of California Los Angeles, were awarded the Nobel Prize in economics today. The men were recognized for their studies on the match-making that takes place in health care. The research examined the process of matching an organ with a patient in need, a doctor with a hospital and a student with a school.

Mystery Solved
Experts believe the eyeball that washed up on Pompano Beach in Florida last week likely came from a swordfish. For days after the optic discovery, the identity of the creature was a mystery.

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Sex Change
“The Price Is Right” has been on the air for more than 40 years and has never had a male model, until today. Rob Wilson, who won an online competition to get the gig, begins his weeklong stint on the show this afternoon.

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Image Credit: CBS/AP Photo


‘Charlotte’s Web’ Turns 60
Charlotte, Wilbur and the rest of the barnyard gang celebrate their 60th birthday today. The classic children’s book by E.B. White was first seen in print on this date in 1952.

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Chanel’s New Face
Brad Pitt has joined the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Keira Knightley and Nicole Kidman by becoming a spokesman for Chanel. Pitt, 48, who is appearing in both a commercial and print ads, is the first male spokesperson in the company’s history.



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