The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
Is this the "safest bridge in America"? On August 1, 2007, the old Interstate Highway 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed into the Mississippi River. The deaths of 13 people and the injuries of 145 others left Americans wondering about the safety of bridges and tunnels in their hometowns. Later, the tragedy focused attention on the bridge that would be built in its place. The new bridge, completed in September 2008, is expected to stand for 100 years. But will it?
Attorney: Russian boy in U.S. adoption case back in orphanage: A Russian boy who was sent back to Moscow, Russia, by his adoptive mother in the United States has been returned to an orphanage, an attorney of the World Association for Children and Parents said Friday. The National Council for Adoption will be traveling to Russia next week to meet with adoption authorities there. The delegation will evaluate the child, 8-year-old Artyem Saveliev, and provide information to a U.S. circuit court in Tennessee.
Iranian woman facing stoning "I'm afraid of dying": Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was set to be stoned to death for allegedly committing adultery in Iran. An advocacy group trying to free her held a news conference on Friday to share a letter they said was from Ashtiani. "Tell everyone that I'm afraid of dying. Help me stay alive and hug my children," the letter said.
Author Anne Rice: I'm quitting Christianity: The legendary author who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008 said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.” Rice went on to say, "It's simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious and deservedly infamous group. For 10 years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”
Grizzly euthanized after fatal mauling that perplexed experts: A grizzly bear was euthanized Friday after a DNA test determined it mauled three campers - one of them fatally - in a remote area of Montana, an attack that has puzzled wildlife experts. All the food in the campground was stored properly in bear-proof containers, the attack was unprovoked and the bear had no history of attacking humans, said Ron Aasheim, a spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "It's a head scratcher."