The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
Teen beaten to death at Georgia house party: Four Georgia teens accused in the beating death of a fifth teen at a house party appeared in court on murder charges Monday morning.
Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds: For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate sugary cakelets and Doritos chips every three hours, instead of meals. His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most - not the nutritional value of the food.
Jurors: Man should die for deadly Connecticut home invasion: A man convicted of killing three members of a Connecticut family in a brutal 2007 home invasion should die for the crime, jurors decided Monday after nearly 18 hours of deliberation.
Amanda Knox to face slander trial: American student Amanda Knox, convicted last year of murdering her British roommate in Italy, was ordered Monday to face a new trial on accusations that she slandered police, her lawyer Luciano Ghirga said.
Elizabeth Smart says captor treated her 'like an animal':Â Brian David Mitchell told Elizabeth Smart he wanted her from the moment he first saw her, Smart told a rapt jury Monday at Mitchell's federal kidnapping trial.