Here‚Äôs a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Wednesday:
Lin Yu Chun - Even if you've never heard his name before, you may be about to get familiar with Lin Yu Chun. Think Susan Boyle name recognition giving Whitney Houston a run for her money - vocally, of course. Competing on Taiwan's "Super Star Avenue" (similar to "X-Factor" and "American Idol"), he¬†sang Houston's version of¬†"I Will Always Love You" and blew away the competition and lit up the Internet all at the same time.
(You can view his performance on YouTube here - but don't say you weren't warned.) Lin Yu Chun may have just thrown down the gauntlet on Whitney's version. A challenge for you, blog readers: Click on the YouTube link and close your eyes and tell me - have you forgotten you're listening to a reality show and started to think you're hearing "The Bodyguard"? Because the young man belted high notes you'd have heard from Whitney herself during the Grammys in 1993. While it's unclear how many people have seen his performance, because there are several versions of the video being passed around, Lin Yu Chun is working his way up Google trends and likely onto thousands of computers at work today.
Two students at the exclusive St. Albans School in the nation's capital were detained for questioning Wednesday after police responded to a report that a man with a gun had parked a vehicle on campus.
A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin, warned teachers in a memo sent to schools that if they teach the new sexual education curriculum mandated under state law, they could be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a child.
University forecasters predict that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will be "above-average," with 15 named storms and eight of those becoming hurricanes.
Here‚Äôs a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Wednesday:
West Virginia mine explosion -¬† Rescuers drilled a hole early Wednesday into the area of a West Virginia coal mine where four miners, unaccounted for following an explosion Monday, were expected to be found, Gov. Joe Manchin said. Pipes were lowered into the hole, and officials banged on the pipes in an effort to contact those underground, but there was no response, Manchin said. Rescue workers will try¬†to vent the mines as they continue to look for the missing. We'll bring you the latest from the¬†scene as it happens.
The U.S. government has targeted American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to be killed or captured, a U.S. official told CNN Wednesday.
The U.S.-born Muslim cleric, who may be in Yemen, has been added to the CIA‚Äôs target list - meaning agents are authorized to kill or capture him¬†- after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that he has taken an operational role in terrorist attacks.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 38-year-old cleric, who was born in New Mexico, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen¬†added to the list¬†since 2001.
U.S. security sources said in January they had concrete and independent confirmation that al-Awlaki¬†had met with Umar¬†Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian accused in the failed Christmas Day bomb plot aboard a plane heading to Detroit, Michigan. And al-Awlaki¬†has confirmed his contact with U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of shooting and killing 13 people in November at Fort Hood, Texas.
Continuing coverage - West Virginia coal mine disaster - The latest updates on the investigation into Monday night's fatal coal mine explosion, as well as the search for miners unaccounted for.
Continuing coverage - Shuttle Discovery mission - Space shuttle Discovery linked with the international space station this morning.
A bore hole was drilled early Wednesday into the area of a West Virginia coal mine where several miners, unaccounted for following an explosion Monday, are expected to be, Gov. Joe Manchin said.
Pipes were lowered into the hole, and officials banged on the pipes in an effort to contact those underground, but there was no response, Manchin said.
The hole - the first of four - punched through about 4:15 a.m. ET, the governor said. Two more holes were under way, and a fourth is planned.
Arms treaty¬†- Leaders of the U.S. and Russia are gathered in Prague to sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START.) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has threatened to withdraw from the treaty¬†if Washington's missile defense plan impacts¬†the effectiveness of Russia's nuclear forces.
Audience with the pope¬†- The pope will hold his regular weekly audience at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday with signs of regularity returning to the heart of Catholicism despite the ongoing turmoil of the sex abuse scandal.
A Colorado woman indicted on terror charges is expected to plead not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday in federal court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.