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.”
Bill Gates Challenges Top Chess Champ
It took just nine moves for the newly crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen to beat Bill Gates in a speed game of chess. Gates had two minutes to make his move while Carlsen got 30 seconds. Carlsen, 23, beat the 58-year-old in 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Babe Ruth World Series Watch Coming to NYC Auction
Baseball legend Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series championship pocket watch is coming to a New York City auction. It’s expected to sell for at least $750,000. The gold watch is being sold at Heritage Auction’s Feb. 22 sale.
Close Encounter With a Bear Caught on Tape
Bob and Irene McKeown, of Scotland, were leaving the Pasadena, Calif., home of their relatives Tuesday morning when they got the surprise of their lives. In video captured on a surveillance camera, the McKeowns can be seen calmly locking the front door, completely unaware that a bear was lurking just feet away. The bear, however, clearly saw the McKeowns, standing still as the McKeowns locked the door and then following the couple to their car. ”Once I closed the door, I turned around and I shouted, ‘It’s a bear. It’s a bear,’” recalled Bob McKeown. The McKeowns escaped their bear encounter with only a slight nick to Bob’s leg, but the close encounter with the bear was not a first for the Pasadena area.