Instant Index: Power Couples and Death-Defying Stunts

Jan 14, 2013 2:42am

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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 and they could appear on World News.

Royal Couple’s Job Posting

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The royal couple are taking applications for a servant — a real-life, “Downton Abbey” type of job. The servant must be able to work 37 hours a week, starting when Prince William and Duchess Kate move into their new, 20-room Kensington Palace apartment. The help-wanted ad says the job entails cleaning silverware and glassware, doing laundry, running errands and walking the dogs. And of course, that servant should keep in mind that there’s a royal baby on the way.

Teen’s Terrifying Crane Stunt

A heart-stopping video shows a fearless teen performing a dangerous stunt — what’s being called a new form of “Russian roulette.” Hundreds of feet up in the air, a young man in Russia hangs from a massive crane like it’s a jungle gym. With no safety harness, he walks across it like it’s a tight rope, then hangs from it like he’s on monkey bars. Later, smiling, he hangs on with one hand and does pull-ups. Now authorities are trying to catch him, and to crack down on what’s becoming a dangerous new trend.

Hollywood’s Newest Power Couple

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There’s a new power couple in the entertainment world: “Saturday Night Live’s” Jason Sudeikis and actress Olivia Wilde are engaged. Sudeikis has been an “SNL” cast member since 2005, and Wilde is best known for her role as Thirteen on “House, M.D.” It’s the second marriage for both actors, who have been dating since 2011.

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