Instant Index: ‘Diwali’ – India’s Festival of Lights

Nov 14, 2012 3:40pm

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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? 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.

Tonight’s Instant Index:

Pelosi Calls Age Question ‘Offensive’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that she wanted to stay on as minority leader and during her news conference one question stunned the room. A reporter asked Pelosi, 72, if she is blocking younger leaders from having their turn. She responded by defending her record of helping young members, especially women, get elected and make their mark on Capitol Hill.

Rothko Painting  Sells for $67 Million
Sotheby’s expected to sell Mark Rothko’s “No. 1 (Royal Red and Blue)” for between $35 million and $50 million. Instead, it was sold for $67 million to a telephone bidder on Tuesday. Including Sotheby’s fees, the final price of the painting was $75.1 million.

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Image credit: Sotheby''s

Festival of Light
Hindus celebrated Diwali, the festival of light, on Tuesday. As part of the festivities firecrackers, candles and lamps were lit and prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, were offered. Click here to see more photos from the festival.

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Image credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP Photo

Elephant vs. Car
On Monday, an elephant at Kruger National Park in South Africa charged and flipped a car, according to the wildlife website Latest Sightings. These photos chronicle the terrifying experience for those inside.

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Image credit: Vasti Foure

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Image credit: Vasti Foure

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Image credit: Vasti Foure

Prince Charles Celebrates
Prince Charles celebrated his 64th birthday today by meeting Dori the Dwarf from the movie “The Hobbit” and dispelling some old rumors. Charles met Dori during a tour of Weta Workshop, a conceptual design company in New Zealand. He was in New Zealand to celebrate the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. During the trip, the website for the prince of Wales and the duchess of Cornwall was updated with a FAQs section that answers 25 questions – and addresses some rumors — about the couple. As to the story that Charles has seven eggs boiled each morning and picks the one that he determines to be the right consistency, the website says he has never done it.  It also debunks the notion that Charles disdains all modern architecture, saying he “has been the Patron of several contemporary architects.” Additionally, the FAQs section aims to set the record straight on Charles’ views on alternative medical treatments as well as why he is driven in a Bentley even though he is an environmentalist.

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Image credit: Marty Melville-Pool/Getty Images

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