The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
Police: Illinois woman's body believed found: Illinois authorities said Monday they had found the body of a woman who walked away from the December car crash that killed her husband.
Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite dies: Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite (pictured), who starred in "Inception" and "The Usual Suspects," has died at the age of 64, his agent said Monday.
Remains are those of missing Georgia woman: The mother of Kristi Cornwell, whose remains were discovered nearly a year and a half after she disappeared, said on Monday she is thankful to finally be able to bring her daughter home.
Jawbone rekindles cruise ship mystery: Ten people have vanished while vacationing in the Caribbean in the last 15 years, according to the Aruba Missing Persons website. One of them was Amy Lynn Bradley, then 23, who disappeared 12 years ago while on a vacation cruise with her family.
Falling birds likely died from massive trauma: The thousands of birds that fell from the sky just before midnight New Year's Eve in Arkansas likely died from massive trauma, according to a preliminary report released Monday.