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.
Starbucks Debuts $1 Reusable Cups
Starbucks is selling $1 reusable cups at company-owned stores across the United States and Canada today in an attempt to limit trash from disposable cups. The Seattle-based coffee company will give a dime discount for each refill, meaning the cup, which looks like the paper version, will pay for itself in 10 uses.
Adele Scores Best-Selling Album Two Years in a Row
For the second year in a row, Adele’s album “21″ is the best-selling album of the year in the United States. This is the first time since Neilson SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991 that an album takes home the title back-to-back years. The album, which features hits like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain,” hasn’t left the Billboard weekly top 40 since it debuted March 21, 2011. The album sold 4.41 million copies in 2012 and 5.82 million in 2011.
Kim Jong-Un a New Dad?
Reports are swirling online that Kim Jong-Un may be a new daddy. The rumor mill started when North Korea’s Central News Agency released photos taken on Oct. 29 of North Korea’s first lady, Ri Sul-Ju, at a musical performance. She had a bow over her stomach that appeared to be hiding a slight bump, raising the question: Did she gain weight or is she pregnant? She then appeared Dec. 17 at a memorial ceremony for Kim’s late father, Kim Jong-Il, who died of a heart attack on 2011. She wore a traditional wide, black funeral outfit and her face looked slightly swollen. But on New Year’s Day, the first lady was back to her usual form-fitting clothing with a visibly slimmer figure. Did she give birth, did she just lose weight or was it just the clothes? There’s no official word on the rumors yet from North Korea.
Gérard Depardieu Offered Russian Citizenship
President Vladimir Putin has offered Gérard Depardieu Russian citizenship after the actor publicly vowed to give up his French citizenship because of high taxes on the rich. France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande wants to impose a 75 percent tax on income of more than 1 million euros whereas Russia has a flat income tax rate of 13 percent. Depardieu reportedly applied for citizenship after Putin said publicly that he would be allowed in the country. No word yet if the “Life of Pi” actor will take the offer.
Infant Grabs Doctor’s Hand in the Womb
A Phoenix-area father snapped a photo of his daughter, Nevaeh Atkins, gripping Dr. Allan Sawyer’s hand even before emerging from her mother’s womb. The photo was taken Oct. 9, but the Atkinses kept it under wraps so they could enlarge it and give it to Sawyer as a gift. The photo then went viral after the mother, Alicia Atkins, posted it to her photography company’s Facebook page. The parents are putting a copy of the photo in Nevaeh’s room, “so that she’ll always know how special it was,” Alicia Atkins told ABCNews.com.