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.
‘Ocean’s 16′ Claim Their Powerball Prize
We got a first look at the New Jersey county workers known as “Ocean’s 16″ who took one-third of the $448 million Powerball jackpot. The N.J. Lottery tweeted a photo of the group claiming their share with the caption: “The ‘Ocean’s 16′ #Powerball winners are here to validate their winning ticket!” Susan Nickel came forward, saying she’s still “up in the clouds” about her big win. She said she’d use some of her winnings to fix her house, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. She also wants to give her husband of 45 years a big break. “I want my husband to retire. I’m not, but I want him to. He’s worked a long time,” she said.
5-Carat Diamond Found in Arkansas
Michael Dettlaff, 12, of North Carolina, and his family were visiting the Arkansas State Park called Crater of Diamonds when he found a smooth object in the mud. It turned out to be a 5-carat diamond. If it can be shaped, it could be worth up to $15,000 but if not, Michael says he’ll be happy with it as a souvenir.
Toddler’s Soulful Elvis Performance Caught on Tape
The father of 20-month-old Ella Mae shared a video of his little girl paying tribute to Elvis as they traveled in the car. She was leading the band and singing her own soulful version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”