"That's what it is right now. It's really a madness right now around New York, and it's been out of control with him and what he's doing. He's very well-received because he's a humble guy and he loves to play the game." From Lin himself, according to ESPN: Super Lin-tendo. Ahh, we see what you did there.But what about the other linsational (uh-oh) names out there? Here‚Äôs a rundown of the monikers popping up on social media:
[Updated at 5 p.m. ET Friday]¬†U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the "assertion that a traveler was admitted into the U.S. using solely a scanned image of his passport on an iPad is categorically false."
The Canadian man who made the claim had a driver's license and a birth certificate, "which the [U.S. border officer] used to determine identity and citizenship in order to admit the traveler into the country," CBP said in a statement released this week.
Scanned images are not accepted forms of identification, the CBP said.
[Initial post, 4:01 p.m. ET Wednesday] Forgot your passport? There‚Äôs an iPad for that.
At least in the singular case of a Montreal photographer who left home without the important document on his way to the United States. Martin Reisch said he was able to show a scanned copy of his passport to an American border guard and was given entry into the U.S., according to news reports.
To be sure, the incident was not without trepidation. "There was a slight hesitation; he didn't really seem like he was impressed," Reisch told CBC News. But the guard soon gave him back his iPad, and he was on his way to Vermont.
But isn't this a technological breakthrough? Could this be the Apple-white dawn of a new age of digital facsimile?What would Steve Jobs have thought?
‚ÄúHe‚Äôd probably say: ‚ÄėHere‚Äôs something to work on for the future.‚Äô Maybe have some kind of digital certification or encryption to let people travel like this,‚ÄĚ Reisch told The Montreal Gazette.
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Admit it. You were wondering when to pull out the winter coat. The wait is over. A bone-chilling arctic freeze swept through much of the South and Northeast on Tuesday.
It was the first sign of a winter that had played coy up until then. Weather conditions around the nation emphasized that a new year had indeed begun. Gone were the balmy afternoons and Windbreaker jackets that we needed up until recently. It was the first day back to work for many across the United States - and baby, it‚Äôs cold outside at last.
One day after the conclusion of the NFL regular season, league owners got their turn to even the score in some ways. The St. Louis Rams dumped head coach Steve Spagnuolo and General Manager Billy Devaney on Monday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers canned head coach Raheem Morris.
And the ax may continue to fall, according to news reports around the league. Several coaches have been on the proverbial hot seat in recent months. On Monday, Tampa Bay and St. Louis stopped fumbling around.
On the team‚Äôs website, Rams owner E. Stanley Kroenke thanked the engineers of the team‚Äôs 2-14 season ‚Äúfor their dedication to the St. Louis Rams organization over the past several seasons.
"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season and we all must hold ourselves accountable,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHowever, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make these changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships."
A Massachusetts man is in critical condition after contracting rabies, the state‚Äôs first human case of the disease in 75 years, a Public Health Department spokesman confirmed to CNN on Friday.
The Barnstable County man is in his 60s and is not being identified, Health Department spokesman John Jacobs said.
Health officials suspect the man, who is in Cape Cod Hospital, contracted the virus from a bat at his residence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are performing tests to confirm the species, according to a Health Department news release.
The man‚Äôs family may have been exposed and are being treated, CNN affiliate WCVB reported.
Ten months after a tsunami devastated parts of Japan, some of the island nation‚Äôs debris has washed up on North American shores, according to news reports.
On Vancouver Island, B.C., The Sun newspaper reported that wreckage from Japan began appearing this month. "In or around Dec. 5th the first item or two of some consequence was found," Tofino Mayor Perry Schmunk told the newspaper. "Some lumber came ashore that had Japanese export stamps on it."
Two weeks ago, CNN affiliate KIRO in Seattle showed video footage of what it said was debris from the March 11 tsunami - at least 10 Japanese buoys - on the Washington coast. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs about as good as the evidence gets for first arrivals,‚ÄĚ retired oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer told KIRO.
More reports of mundane Japanese items - such as bottles and toothbrushes - popping up along North American shores are beginning to emerge.
But that‚Äôs just the beginning, experts say.
Physicist Michio Kaku said Thursday that it is vital to understand the sheer size of the Japanese debris field in the Pacific Ocean.[cnn-video¬†url="http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2011/12/29/nr-tsunami-debris-on-us-shores.tvasahi"%5D
‚ÄúFirst, you have to understand the size and scope of this problem. The debris field from this Japanese tragedy is the size of the state of California,‚ÄĚ he said.
An Oklahoma infant is the third to be sickened by a rare bacteria that can come from baby formula, according to news reports Wednesday.
The baby is from Tulsa County and has fully recovered from Cronobacter sakazakii, CNN affiliate KYTV reported.
The child was fed a different brand of baby formula than Enfamil, the kind that has been linked in news reports to the death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett in Missouri, according to KYTV.
Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command to intercept a civilian aircraft near Washington, D.C., NORAD said Wednesday.
The incident happened about 12:15 p.m. ET after the aircraft failed to establish radio contact, the agency said in a press release.
‚ÄúThe civilian aircraft re-established communications and was allowed to continue on its way without incident,‚ÄĚ NORAD said.
Out of an abundance of caution, officials are being vigilant about security concerns around the holidays.
After the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 in September, two fighter jets were scrambled after reports of air passengers acting suspiciously on two flights. Although no problems occurred, authorities sent F-16s to shadow the flights just in case.
What‚Äôs white and black and has people fawning all over? Meet Siku, a polar bear cub born in captivity in Denmark.
The cute cub is being reared by handlers at the¬† Scandinavian Wildlife Park because its mother isn‚Äôt producing the milk to feed him. Since his birth last month, Siku has become a Web star. He has his own page on the Scandinavian Wildlife Park website and he‚Äôs even on Facebook.
Park director Frank Vigh-Larsen says he's stunned by the cub's rapid transformation into an Internet sensation.
Video footage posted on YouTube of Siku bottle-feeding, rolling around and snoozing has been viewed more than 2 million times in six days, he told CNN, and the cub gained thousands of friends on Facebook within the space of a few hours.
As of Wednesday, at 36 days old, Siku has just opened his eyes and weighs in at 4.2 kilograms (9.2 pounds), more than five times his initial weight, his handler said.
"He's just a little solid cannonball," Vigh-Larsen said. "He's doing well."
Such growth is a testament to the dedicated care Siku is receiving. For the first three weeks, Vigh-Larsen fed the cub every two hours - and still feeds him every three hours, meaning the keeper gets little sleep.
In the new year, two other wildlife keepers will start to care for him, too, in shifts, making sure the cub is never alone during the first 12 months of his life.
Siku's popularity comes at a time when the plight of polar bears is at its peak. Corporate giant Coca-Cola recently launched a campaign in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about arctic conditions that threaten polar bears.
Siku, which means ‚Äúsea ice‚ÄĚ in Greenlandic, an Eskimo language spoken in Greenland, is thriving under a bottle-feeding program instituted by the park‚Äôs keepers.
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North Korea plans Kim Jong Il funeral
The funeral for North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il is scheduled for Wednesday, CNN has learned.
North Koreans continue to pay respects for their late leader with military sites, factories and public buildings flying¬†flags at half-staff -‚Äď part of the repressive country's 11-day period of mourning.
North Korea said Friday that it would admit delegations from the South that wish to visit Pyongyang to express their condolences, according to a statement posted on a government website run by the North.
"We will guarantee all convenience and safety of the South Koreans during their visit," said the statement on uriminzokkiri.com, dated Thursday, adding that the North would open to the delegations "all air routes and land routes through Kaesong," its industrial park, some 45 kilometers (27 miles) north of Seoul, South Korea.
Seoul has made a number of gestures as it tries to navigate the uncertainty created by the North's leadership transition. Pyongyang has named Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong Un, as the "Great Successor" to his father.
GOP presidential candidates ready for caucus season
With the caucus season set to begin in Iowa in less than two weeks, GOP presidential hopefuls Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and the rest may well work through the holidays to gain an edge.
Gingrich, whose rise in the polls in recent weeks has been overshadowed by Paul, lowered his expectations recently for an Iowa victory.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Gulf of Mexico, a new menace, this one striped like a big cat, is preying on aquatic life: The black tiger shrimp.
The biggest saltwater shrimp in the world, black tigers ‚Äúare cannibalistic as are other shrimp but it‚Äôs larger so it can consume the others,‚ÄĚ Tony Reisinger, country extension agent for the Texas Sea Grant Extension Service, told CNN on Friday.
Because of the threat of disease, the predatory intruder¬†poses a¬†problem¬†for the native shrimp and oyster population of the Gulf, Reisinger said.
"Our oystermen right now are hurting because the oyster season is shut down due to a red tide. But this (black tiger) shrimp poses other concerns,‚ÄĚ he said.
Appearing more than 25 years ago, the black tiger‚Äôs sudden reappearance is a mystery.
‚ÄúThe first time they started appearing was in the late 1980s on the East Coast,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThen they disappeared in 1991.‚ÄĚ
David Hickman was a star football player in McLeansville, North Carolina. He was a quiet man with a larger-than-life presence. He also holds the distinction of being the last soldier to die before the official announcement of the end of the Iraq war. That fact has made him a part of history, CNN affiliate WGHP reports.
Hickman, an Army specialist, was remembered Thursday by friends as the U.S. marked the official end of the war.
President Obama commemorated the milestone with an appearance at Fort Bragg, where Hickman was stationed before being deployed in September.
"As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree - welcome home. Welcome home,‚ÄĚ he told cheering troops.
The coincidence did not go unnoticed by Hickman‚Äôs friends, who spoke to WGHP.
"That is so like David. He wasn't going to go out quietly. He's going to go down with a place in history," said his friend Logan Trainum. "He wasn't the loudest one in the room, but he was the most noticed one in the room. He just had that presence about him."
Even in death, Hickman was making his presence known, his friends said.
Far, far away in an isolated part of the¬†Milky Way lies a star nursery housing a celestial spectacle so beautiful that the Space Telescope Science Institute has taken to calling it a ‚ÄúHoliday Snow Angel."
Spectacular images and video¬†released by the NASA-built observatory Thursday show a star-forming region in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan)¬†nearly 2,000 light years from Earth.
In official terms, Sharpless 2-106 (doesn‚Äôt have the same ring, does it?) gets its looks from an extreme confluence of heat and motion and features a ring of particles that ‚Äúacts like a belt,‚ÄĚ according to a press release.¬†The hourglass-like shape in the middle is created by gaseous particles orbiting the star.
Don't be fooled by the cute name, Hubble spokesman Ray Villard told CNN Thursday in an email.
"Though we nickname this a ‚ÄėSnow Angel‚Äô there is nothing angelic about what's happening in the picture," Villard said. "A super-hot star much larger than our sun has twin blowtorches of hot gas shooting out into space. The star is destined for a short life and will then explode as a supernova, disintegrating everything around it."
A photograph of what is purported to be China‚Äôs first aircraft carrier has renewed speculation about¬†its military intentions, according to news reports.
U.S. satellite imaging firm Digital Globe said Wednesday on its website that it had captured an image that appears to be the Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag during drills in the Yellow Sea.
The Varyag was reportedly constructed by the USSR in the 1980s but fell into the hands of the Ukraine. The Chinese purchased it sans weapons and navigation systems under the guise of wanting to turn the vessel into a casino, according to a BBC report in August.
The sea trial is the second for the aircraft carrier, which roused international interest on November 29 when it left the port of Dalian in the Yellow Sea. Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said at the time that the military exercises were a "routine arrangement," Xinhua reported.
Two former university officials are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in connection with the Penn State sex scandal.
Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz were charged with lying to the grand jury and failing to report to police what current assistant football coach Mike McQueary told them he saw.
Meanwhile former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing boys, remains "totally prepared and committed to proving his innocence" after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, his attorney said.
"We're ready to defend. We've always been ready to defend," attorney Joe Amendola said outside the Centre County Courthouse after the hearing. "There have been no plea negotiations. There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death. This is the fight of Jerry Sandusky's life."
The number of married couples in the United States¬†is at a record low, according to the latest figures from the Pew Research Center.
Numbers released Wednesday show 51% of American adults are married, a 5% drop from the previous year in new nuptials. The median age that people get married has risen to 26.5 years for brides and 28.7 for grooms.
The numbers reflect an increase in other living arrangements that have taken hold for American adults, such as cohabitation, divorce, single parenting and the rise of grandfamilies.
A group of elderly South Korean women, backed by hundreds of supporters, Wednesday held their 1000th rally in protest of the Japanese government‚Äôs treatment of them during World War II, according to news reports.
Ahn Seon-mi, leader of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, told CNN in an e-mail Tuesday that the group seeks several things from Japan. ‚ÄúNo. 1 is acknowledge the war crime,‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúReveal the truth in its entirety about the crimes of military sexual slavery,‚ÄĚ she said, including rewriting the history books to accurately reflect what happened.
College students are lending their voices this week to spread holiday cheer -¬†and you can hear them in your ear.
Students at Snyder Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are completing a marathon phone-in, called the Dial-A-Carol, in which they take calls 24 hours a day¬†from all over the world and play or sing a requested holiday tune for listeners.
The ritual, conducted annually during finals week, will last until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Collegians shuffle in and out to take part in the student-run program, which is in its 51st year. For students like sophomore Kurt Hanson of Lake Zurich, Illinois, it‚Äôs a labor of love.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been here since 9 a.m.,‚ÄĚ Hanson said. ‚ÄúWe all got here after our 8 a.m. finals, and we‚Äôve been singing.‚ÄĚ
The group then broke into a gleeful rendition of ‚ÄúFeliz Navidad,‚ÄĚ complete with several of them making drum sounds and the like.
Phone lines were ‚Äúblowing up,‚ÄĚ Hanson said, after the Dial-A-Carol phone number was posted on social networking sites Twitter and Reddit.
The Dial-A-Carol¬† number is 217-332-1882. The students¬†will sing to every fifth caller.
An NBA trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers is off, Sports Illustrated reported Monday.
New Orleans would have gotten second-year Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Clippers' 2012 first-round draft pick in a blockbuster move that would have made both teams long-term contenders. ¬†But the league, which owns the Hornets franchise, also wanted guard Eric Gordon thrown in the deal, and the Clippers balked, according to SI.
Now the Hornets may get to retain an unhappy superstar that is certain to bolt to another team in a matter of months.
While the NBA reviewed the deal Monday and said no, ¬†it may not be over. There are rumblings that litigation could be filed by Paul's representatives and the union, according to ESPN.
‚ÄúPeople close to this trade, and even around the league, think the league is driving such a hard bargain because they really do not want to move Chris Paul outside of New Orleans,‚ÄĚ ESPN‚Äôs Chris Broussard opined Monday on air hours before the NBA announced its decision.
Editor's note:¬†Each day, we'll bring you some of the diverse voices from our site and across the Web on the stories causing ripples throughout the news sphere.
In the aftermath of the nasty end-of-game fight Saturday between the Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 8 Xavier Musketeers, commentators are up in arms themselves. And things got more serious Monday:¬†Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters said, ‚ÄúMy office will review this matter to determine whether any criminal charges are appropriate.‚ÄĚ
Eight players were suspended in all, four from each college basketball team. Three Cincinnati players got six-game suspensions for their roles in the brawl, including forward¬†Yancy Gates, caught clearly on video throwing a haymaker.
The incident came at the close of the Crosstown Shootout series, ¬†a rivalry game that has been played between the two city schools since 1928.
Perhaps adding insult to injury, Xavier players who were involved in the brawl and obviously still amped up were allowed to address the media afterward.
‚ÄúIf somebody put their hands in your face or try to do something to you, where we‚Äôre from, you‚Äôre going to do something back,‚ÄĚ said guard Mark Lyons, who got a two-game suspension. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not going to sit there and get our face beat in by somebody like Yancy Gates. ‚Ä¶ We won't let that happen.‚ÄĚ