Instant Index: Chris Christie on ‘SNL,’ Sandy’s Silent Victims Get Help, 007 Visits Troops in Afghanistan

By ABC News

Nov 18, 2012 11:25pm

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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.

Governor Christie Hits SNL

Continuing the tradition of politicians making light of themselves on “Saturday Night Live,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined the “Weekend Update” desk to poke fun at himself and his trademark fleece jacket.  “I’m gonna die in this fleece,” he said.  “But it’s OK, it’s a good fleece.”

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‘Silent’ Victims of Hurricane Sandy Finally Getting Help

An extraordinary effort is under way to assist animals orphaned by Hurricane Sandy.  Southwest airlines and Seaworld teamed up to fly 60 cats and dogs orphaned in the storm to the Helen Woodward animal shelter in San Diego.  Meanwhile, the ASPCA, with help from a $500,000 donation from celebrity chef Rachael Ray has opened a 20,000-square-foot shelter for animals whose owners are unable to care for them while they rebuild their lives.

James Bond Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Secret agent 007 himself visited British troops Sunday at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. About 800 soldiers, sailors and airmen were about to begin watching the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall,” when Daniel Craig made a surprise appearance, the BBC reports. The actor met with the troops and was given a tour of the base, and when he got to test out some of the military guns at the firing range.

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Huge Solar Eruption Captured in NASA Video

NASA cameras captured this amazing footage of a massive solar storm occurring on the surface of the sun.  The breathtaking display shows the sun ejecting massive amounts of plasma and radiation into space in a broad loop.  Though incredible to behold, the flare was not aimed at earth, according to NASA, and will have no effects on our planet.

Credit: NASA/SDO/Steele Hill

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