The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.
Missing Ohio teen found hiding in attic: A missing Ohio teen was found early Wednesday hiding in the attic of an apartment recently leased by her 20-year-old boyfriend, police said.
'Sea monster' fossil found in Peru desert:Â Researchers scanning the Peruvian desert for whale fossils have stumbled upon the remains of a "sea monster" three times the size of a modern day killer whale.
State approves $20M for Jaycee Dugard: The California Assembly on Thursday passed a bill appropriating $20 million to kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard to settle her claims against the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Hurricane Alex disrupts oil disaster cleanup: The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that removes limits on financial damages that can be awarded for accidents off the U.S. coastline, such as the such as the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers.
Pending home sales 'fell off a cliff': The experts expected home sales to drop once the homebuyer tax credit lapsed at the end of April, but the depth of the decrease was shocking.