The five most popular stories on CNN.com during the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.
California fire scene 'like a moonscape': The gas line fire in San Bruno, California, that killed four people and destroyed 38 homes has been fully contained with some small hot spots, authorities say.
MTV VMAs' shocking style moments: From the very beginning of the MTV Video Music Awards, stars like Madonna have aimed to please fans by shocking them with a combination of risqué routines and outré fashion.
Trump offers to buy Islamic center site: Donald Trump's offer to buy the lower Manhattan site where a Muslim group plans to build an Islamic community center is just a "pathetic" attempt to get publicity, lawyer for one of the land owners say.
'I'm Still Here' paints sad picture of Joaquin Phoenix: The Joaquin Phoenix we see in the biopic, "I'm Still Here," is a slurry, bloated shell of his former self, with taped sunglasses that never come off and unwashed hair that's matted into crusty dreads.
Florida pastor unclear about Quran burning: An evangelist in contact with the Rev. Terry Jones said the Florida pastor "has agreed in principle" not to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday.