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? Tweet us the stories you’re talking about using #InstantIndex or email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com and they could appear on World News.
Lance Armstrong Severs All Ties With Livestrong
Lance Armstrong has severed all ties with Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he helped found. The disgraced cyclist tweeted a photo of himself lying in his living room, surrounded by his yellow jerseys with the caption: “Back in Austin and just layin’ around…” The photo has been retweeted more than 9,000 times and counting. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped him of his titles.
Pepsi Introduces Fat-Blocking Soda
Pepsi-Cola in Japan is launching a new fiber-infused drink called “Pepsi Special,” which the company is touting as a “fat-blocking soda.” The cola is infused with a fat-blocking fiber called dextrin, which distributor Suntory claims helps reduce fat levels in blood. The soft drink goes on sale in Japan Tuesday. To kick off the promotion of the drink, Pepsi put an ad on its website of a businessman trying to choose between a woman dressed in a pizza outfit and another in a burger costume.
Titanic Jewels to Go on Display
For the first time ever, you can get a glimpse of some of the jewelry recovered from the Titanic. The baubles found in a single purser’s bag during a 1987 research and recovery mission are going on public display with a three-city tour. The collection includes diamond and sapphire rings, brooches, necklaces, cuff links and a gold pocket watch. This will be the first time the majority of the collection has been on display. The jewels will be on display in Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; and Las Vegas.
Coffee Could Be Extinct by 2080
Start drinking all the coffee you can find because it may be gone by 2080. A new study by the Royal Botanic Gardens in England says that 99.7 percent of Arabica coffee-bean growing areas will be affected by rising temperatures caused by climate change. Researchers said that wild Arabica XXX could be extinct by 2080 and that the bean makes up 70 percent of the global coffee market. Coffee farmers will have to create new farming techniques including cooling equipment in order to sustain Arabica farms.
More Woman Than Men With Driver’s Licenses
A new study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute said that more women have driver’s licenses than men. The study looked at gender trends in driver’s licenses between 1995 and 2010 and also found that the number of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver’s licenses was declining. And if this decline continues, the gap between the sexes will only widen. Researchers said this trend would likely lead to safer, smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, fewer miles driven and lower fatality rates.
Heavy rains and high tides flooded the streets of Venice, Italy, today, leading tourists and locals to don high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark’s Square and other historic areas now under water. Water levels rose to five feet and tourists wore bathing suits as they swam through the streets. The storm also hit Tuscany, where 200 people were evacuated from their homes as nine inches of rain fell in four hours.
Thief Steals Tower of London Keys
A person broke into the Tower of London Nov. 6 and stole a set of keys that were for a restaurant, conference rooms and an internal lock to the drawbridges. The locks have since been changed. The incident, which is currently under investigation, showed that security measures are not up to ”the expected standards,” a spokeswoman for the Historic Royal Palaces told the BBC.
New Coach for the Lakers
After just five games into the season, Los Angeles said “Goodbye” to Lakers coach Mike Brown and “Hello” to Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni and the Lakers have agreed to a three-year deal for $12 million. The Lakers had been originally courting Phil Jackson, who reportedly wanted too much money and a year-to-year deal, which the Lakers disagreed with. D’Antoni was the next choice. Bernie Bickerstaff will likely remain as the interim coach through Tuesday to give D’Antoni a few practices with the team.