NUMBER 5 - HAWAIIANS PUSH FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
Supporters in Hawaii are pushing for President Obama to set up his presidential library there. According to the New York Times, the governor of Hawaii has joined a statewide campaign to help make that happen. The Times reports an eight acre plot of land in Honolulu has already been set aside for the project. Obama was born and raised in Hawaii, but the state may have some competition. Before heading to the White House, the president made his home in Chicago.
NUMBER 4 - RODMAN'S BASKETBALL DIPLOMACY
Dennis Rodman and several other former NBA players stopped in Beijing on their way to North Korea. The trip is the latest step in what Rodman has dubbed "basketball diplomacy." Former American basketball pros will take part in a controversial game in North Korea, commemorating the birthday of Kim Jong Un. The young North Korean leader is believed to be turning 31 on Wednesday.
NUMBER 3 - SAME-SEX MARRIAGES STOPPED IN UTAH
Gay couples in Utah have been able to get married for about two weeks now, but that ended Monday, for the time being anyway. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's request to temporarily block same-sex marriages. On December 20th, a district court judge said the state's 2004 law banning gay-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
NUMBER 2 - BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
Number 1 Florida State defeated number 2 Auburn, 34 to 31, in the BCS National Championship college football game Monday night. It is FSU's second BCS crown and third national title. The game was the final championship contest under the current system, which featured the top two teams in the Bowl Championship Series poll. Next season, the top four teams will meet in a playoff, where it will take two victories to win the title.
NUMBER 1 - POLAR VORTEX
A weather phenomenon known as a polar vortex continues to bring bitter cold and record low temperatures to nearly half of the United States. On Monday, it was warmer in Anchorage, Alaska than it was in southern cities like Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee! As many as 140 million Americans are feeling this freeze.