The day's most popular stories
ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was fired over comments he made to a colleague during a meeting before the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
January 5th, 2011
11:09 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Opinion: Slave trade was systematic: Most students of American history understand that a dramatic re-peopling of North and South America began in the years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. But they may not realize that it was Africa, not Europe, that formed the wellspring of this repopulation process.

ESPN announcer fired for comments: ESPN has fired an announcer who sat out the Fiesta Bowl after he allegedly made an insulting comment to a sideline colleague.

Singer Gerry Rafferty dead at 63: Singer Gerry Rafferty, famous for the 1970s hits "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died, his agent said Wednesday.

Coffee spill diverts United Airlines flight: A United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted to Toronto this week after the pilot dumped a cup of coffee on the plane's communication's equipment.

Use of image in Navy video upsets Glenn Close: Actress Glenn Close said she is "distraught" that her image was used in one of a series of profanity- and slur-laden videos aboard the Navy's USS Enterprise.

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  1. Jonathan

    I love it

    January 6, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. king_pookie

    Wow

    January 6, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. drap

    starbucks at it again!

    January 6, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. HAD ENOUGH

    CNN" I HAVE THE NEWS STORY OF THE CENTURY ! THESE BIRDS THAT ARE DIEING ALL OVER THE WORLD DIDNT DIE FROM STRESS OR FIREWORKS OR FLYING INTO EACH OTHER OR FLYING INTO POWER LINES ETC ETC ETC... YOU AND OTHER NEWS AGENCIES NOT TO MENTION WHAT EVER OFFICIALS ARE REPORTING THESE HALF A– MADE UP BULL S- STORIES NEED TO REALIZE THAT THE "AMERICAN PEOPLE ARENT THAT STUPID " NOW I DONT KNOW WHATS CAUSING THIS OTHER THAN A MAJOR CHANGE IN OUR PLANET OR SOME SECRET TEST OR GOD HIMSELF. BUT ATLEAST HAVE THE RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE EITHER TELL THE TRUTH OR SAY YOU DONT KNOW IF YOU DONT KNOW. PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK !!!

    January 6, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. HAD ENOUGH

    AND BY THE WAY DID ANYONE SEE THE MOVIE 2012 I THINK IT WAS CALLED WHERE THERE WAS A CHANGE IN THE EARTHS MAGNETIC FIELD ? NOW IN THAT MOVIE THEY DID FLY INTO THINGS ? COULD THAT BE IT ? I DONT KNOW BUT I WOULD BET YOU THAT SOMEONE KNOWS THE TRUTH !!! PERSONALLY I THINK THIS WORLD IS ABOUT TO SEE THINGS WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE !!! AS THE BIBLE SAYS THIS IS "THE END OF DAYS"

    January 6, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paresh Shrimali

    its very eye tracking ground. i think and i miss i am not there.

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    January 6, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. james allison

    Amen brothers & sisters come lord come when people want to give garb responses to christian thoughts dust your feet and let your peace be with u we are grown adults dont give us a bunch of bull we are not all dummies heres were the wise part of the bible that most havent read people read it try it it realy works for every thing yes everything god please bless us all we need it amen

    January 6, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Spartacaus

    Glenn Close should be happy that she has not been forgotten.

    January 6, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. 2100

    Well the news sucks today.......... Some one needs to get crazy and do something STUPID so i can read about it on CNN ....... The aliens are coming....

    January 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. david campbell

    It could have been chemtrail residual from jetliners. If a trail dissolves within an hour it is normal. If a trail stays 6 to 8 hours it could be chemical killing the birds.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @2100: You're right. It's not news when a dog bites a man, but it is news when a man bites a dog. So how about David Campbell bites a crocodile?

    January 6, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    @james allison..."And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you truly, they have recieved their reward in full."–Jesus, quoted by his early follower Matthew (just thought you'd want to know what the bible really says regarding how not to pray)

    January 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @Phil: But what about the ones that pray in secret because they are embarrassed to be seen praying in public?

    January 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tengo gusanos

    and why do I have to neel when I pray? Cant I seet on my lazy boy?

    January 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |