The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.
Woman sentenced for baby's sex abuse via webcam: A Maine judge handed down a 15-year prison sentence to a woman convicted of sexually abusing her 2-year-old daughter and streaming the acts over the internet to a teenager in the United Kingdom.
Quake hits Myanmar: A powerful earthquake hit Myanmar Thursday near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
15 places kids should see by age 15: A definitive list of 15 must-see attractions for anyone under 15 that are fun, educational, and especially magical through the eyes of a child.
More U.S. states find traces of radiation: Colorado and Oregon have joined several other Western states in reporting trace amounts of radioactive particles that have likely drifted about 5,000 miles from a quake and tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan, officials say.
Two jetliners land without traffic control: Two planes landed safely early Wednesday morning at Washington's Reagan National Airport after they were unable to reach anyone at the airport's air traffic control tower, according to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.
U.S. aviators rescued as Gadhafi remains defiant: As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi crowed, "I do not scare," the United States Tuesday got back two crew members whose F-15E fighter jet malfunctioned and said it will be able to hand over command of the coalition that has hammered loyalist military positions over four days.
American teacher found dead in Japan: It was Taylor Anderson's dream come true to be living in Japan. Then, the March 11 earthquake hit.
Vegetables near stricken plant show radiation: Japan's Health Ministry reported Tuesday finding radioactive materials at levels "drastically exceeding legal limits" in 11 types of vegetable grown in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli and cabbage, according to Kyodo News Agency.
Fox 'human shield' report wrong, CNN reporter says: A CNN correspondent on Monday angrily rejected a report by the Fox network that he and other journalists were used as human shields by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to prevent a missile attack on his compound.
Lawrence Taylor sentenced to probation: Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to six years probation during a court hearing Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with an underage girl.
Amid Libya 'ceasefire,' violence in Misrata: Libya on Friday called for international observers to come and verify a cease-fire that witnesses say has failed to halt deadly fighting.
Japan crisis at 3 Mile Island level, agency says: The owner of the stricken nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan said Saturday that it will hike the radiation exposure limit for its workers at the plant from 100 millisieverts per shift to 150 millisieverts, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.
Weekend full moon biggest in about 20 years: If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there's a reason for that. It is.
Japan quake live blog: The latest development on the aftermath of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit northern Japan on March 11, causing widespread devastation and crippling a nuclear power plant.
Bahrain demolishes monument, site of protests: The arrest in Bahrain of several prominent opposition figures has left the United States "deeply troubled," according to a statement Friday from the State Department.
The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
Japan holds the line in nuclear plant crisis: Efforts to cool one of the reactors at a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant have been "somewhat effective" since authorities turned helicopters, fire trucks and police water cannon on the facility, its owner said Friday.
Japan quake live blog: The latest developments on the aftermath of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit northern Japan a week ago, causing widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant.
U.N. Security Council OKs Libya no-fly zone: Jubilant Libyan rebels in Benghazi erupted with fireworks and gunfire after the U.N. Security Council voted Thursday evening to impose a no-fly zone and permit "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.
'Heartbroken' Obama offers support to Japan: U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he was "heartbroken" over events in Japan but was offering resources to help the Japanese recover as well as to keep U.S. citizens out of harm's way.
The moments that make us fat: If you're trying to lose weight, close your eyes for a minute and imagine the moments that make you fat.
Japan quake live blog: Follow the latest developments since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant.
Helicopters dump water on Japan nuclear plant: Helicopters dumped water Thursday on and near the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in the latest attempt to halt the nuclear accident that appeared to be spinning out of control. The helicopters belong to the nation's self-defense forces, public broadcaster NHK reported.
'Never give up hope,' Japan's emperor says: Thousands of Japanese filled evacuation shelters or joined foreigners seeking a way out of the country Thursday in the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
After disasters comes the exodus from Tokyo: Mid-March is not a high travel season for Japan, but as the nuclear emergency at Fukushima nuclear plant persists, the airports are growing clogged with passengers.
$5 ATM fees coming our way? ATM fees are on the rise at some of the country's biggest banks.
New fire at Japan nuclear plant: A fire was discovered Wednesday in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the latest in a series of setbacks at the stricken plant that has heightened fears that the incidents could lead to widespread radiation contamination.
Nuclear fears grow amid deaths in Japan: Wednesday broke in Japan with news of a new blaze at the damaged nuclear plant that crews have struggled to control since last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami, adding to radiation fears in a country racing to avoid a full-on nuclear crisis.
Gottfried fired as voice of Aflac duck: The Aflac duck lost its voice Monday after the insurance giant fired the comedian behind the commercial quack for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami that have devastated Japan.
New blast, fire fuel nuclear fears: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the risk of further releases of radioactive material remains "very high," as crews struggle to contain an increasingly critical crisis at a damaged nuclear plant.
Cocaine found at Kennedy Space Center: NASA's Inspector General's Office says an investigation is under way after a white powdery substance found at the Kennedy Space Center tested positive for cocaine.
Anxiety in Japan grows as rescue workers find more bodies: Rescue workers scoured tangled and displaced piles of debris Tuesday, searching for survivors, as crews struggled to keep control at a damaged nuclear plant on the fifth day of the developing disaster in Japan.
Radiation levels spike at Japanese nuclear plant: Japanese authorities trying to stave off meltdowns at an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant reported more grim news Tuesday as radiation levels soared following another explosion at an overheating reactor.
Live blog on aftermath of Japan's earthquake, tsunami: A collection of the latest updates on Japan.
Truck driver denies he caused deadly N.Y. bus crash, source says: The driver of a tractor-trailer who passed a tour bus before it crashed denies the two vehicles clipped each other, as the bus driver has claimed, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation.
iReporters capture scope of quake: A collection of iReports on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Japan struggles with nuclear reactors: A meltdown may have occurred at at least one nuclear power reactor in Japan, the country's chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said Sunday
Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet: The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.
Japan scrambles to save survivors, reactors: Japanese authorities are operating on the presumption that possible meltdowns are under way at two nuclear reactors, a government official said Sunday.
State of emergency in 4 California counties: One person was reported dead and numerous boats and harbors suffered damage in the United States after the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake off Japan.
Japan quake live blog: An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land.
Devastating earthquake, tsunami hit Japan: As the ground continued to twitch with aftershocks the morning after Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake in the nation's recorded history, the disaster's massive impact was only beginning to be revealed.
U.S. man killed trying to photograph tsunami: California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday in four coastal counties, saying the ocean surge from tsunami waves spawned by an earthquake near Japan is imperiling infrastructure and public safety.
Japanese plants struggling, official says: Reactors at two Japanese power plants can no longer cool radioactive substances, a government official said Saturday, adding that a small leak had been detected at one of the facilities.
Japan, world watches tsunami strike live: Within an hour after a major earthquake rattled Japan, the nation and the world watched a surreal and unprecedented scene from a helicopter hovering above the
Tsunami warning issued for at least 50 areas: Tsunami waves that raced across the Pacific Ocean triggered warnings in more than 50 countries and territories Friday, but there were few immediate reports of major damage outside Japan.
7 children killed in Pennsylvania house: A fire has killed seven children at a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania, authorities said.
How the human penis lost its spines: You've read the headline, and it probably made you giggle. Go ahead. Get it out of your system. Then take a deep breath and consider how evolution affected a few specific body parts.
Man gets 25 years to life for beheading wife: A former television executive was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday for the beheading death of his wife.
Website for those born this way: It started with a photograph. A little boy stands beaming in his plaid jumpsuit, hands on his hips and knee cocked just so.
Former Alice in Chains bassist found dead: Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bassist whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in Salt Lake City, Utah.
18 charged in alleged gang rape of Texas girl: Thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a Texas girl, police said.
Sheen fired from sitcom after public meltdown: Warner Bros. Television has fired actor Charlie Sheen from its comedy "Two and a Half Men" after a two-week public meltdown by the star that has included attacks on... FULL STORY
Body of missing U.S. student found in Madrid: Police in Spain found the body of missing U.S. college student Austin Taylor Bice, 22 early Tuesday in Madrid, authorities said.
Man allegedly karate chops air marshal: In-flight movies may feature martial arts, but some airline passengers apparently got to see the real thing on a flight that ended with a man being subdued by air marshals.
Intruder calls 911: A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police – afraid the homeowner may have a gun.
18 charged in alleged gang rape of Texas girl: Thirteen adults and five juveniles have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged rape of a Texas girl, police said.
Wisconsin Democrats' proposed border meeting rejected: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as "ridiculous" a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting "near the Wisconsin-Illinois border" to discuss the state's budget impasse.
20-year-old Mexican police chief fired amid reports she fled: A woman who became police chief of a violence-plagued Mexican town when she was 20 was fired Monday when she didn't appear for work. An official with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told CNN she is in the United States.
Capt. Kirk wakes up shuttle crew: Actor William Shatner on Monday reprised his "Star Trek" role to wake up the crew of the space shuttle Discovery in a recorded message.
High court turns aside lawsuit questioning Obama citizenship: The Supreme Court has again rejected an appeal from a "birther" proponent questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama.
In a rare encounter, doctor treats wife in ER: As he cradled his wife's limp body in his arms, Tim Delgado told himself, "You have to do this." The fate of Alison, his wife, best friend and medical school classmate, depended on it.
Navy tries to discharge sailor for sleepover: A sailor is accusing the Navy of baselessly trying to discharge him for "unprofessional conduct" in an effort to get around the recent "don't ask, don't tell" repeal, after being found asleep in the same bed with another male sailor.
Day care owner on 'most wanted' list: A Houston day care owner is among the U.S. Marshals Service's "most wanted," more than a week after authorities say she carelessly started a fire that killed four children and then fled.
Teen basketball star dies after winning shot: Wes Leonard, 16, hit a last-moment winning layup to end his high school basketball team's perfect season. Then, during post-game celebrations, he collapsed on the court. His heart had stopped cold.
Police: DNA links suspect to rape cases: The man accused of being the East Coast Rapist tried to hang himself in his jail cell Saturday, police said, one day after he was arrested thanks to DNA from a tossed cigarette butt and an anonymous tip.
Teen basketball star dies after winning shot: As news of Wes Leonard's death spread, a small community on the banks of Lake Michigan convulsed in shock. A moment of enormous school pride was reduced to irrelevance, a moment of joy turned into the opposite.
Walker sends layoff warning to unions: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration on Friday issued notices to unions, warning them of possible layoffs in early April if the budget impasse continues.
Are whites racially oppressed? They marched on Washington to reclaim civil rights. They complained of voter intimidation at the polls. They called for ethnic studies programs to promote racial pride. They are, some say, the new face of racial oppression in this nation – and their faces are white.
10-year-old girl upstages Lady Gaga: The 10-year-old girl whose rendition of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" made her a YouTube sensation joined her idol onstage Thursday night – and stole the show.
Protesters mowed down in Libya, witness says: "Indescribable" violence rippled through the Libyan city of Zawiya on Friday, according to a witness who said pro-government forces gunned down peaceful protesters there.
Fallen Marine's father says funeral pickets will draw gunfire: A day after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Westboro Baptist Church's right to protest at military funerals, the fallen Marine's father who unsuccessfully sued the controversial Kansas congregation warned that the church's protests will eventually spark violence. "They (the Westboro protesters) are going to go to the wrong funeral and the guns are going to go off," Albert Snyder told CNN Thursday.
Sexuality and scripture: A scholar who has written books and articles on the Bible and homosexuality offers a rebuttal to a recent CNN Belief Blog post on the Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality, saying that the Good Book is remarkably consistent on the issue.
Wisconsin governor threatens layoffs: Republican Scott Walker on Thursday warned 14 absent lawmakers trying to stall his controversial budget bill to return to the State Capitol immediately to vote on the measure, or layoff notices will be sent to 1,500 public employees before the weekend.
Ex-FBI agent may be alive in Asia: Evidence is growing that a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran four years ago is alive and being held in Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday. Robert Levinson disappeared during a business trip in March 2007.
A white iPhone: When? Where? How is it that a company that's been making electronics in white for at least a decade can't produce an iPhone 4 in that color? Another way to put it is: Is there an app for that?
Apple unveils iPad 2: Okay, what's white and black and read all over? If you're thinking the second-generation iPad, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled Wednesday, then you've jumped the gun. But after March 11 release date? All bets are off.
Police: Father stabs baby to death: A California teenager kidnapped his 5-month-old baby and fatally stabbed the child as pursuing deputies watched before police shot and killed the teen, authorities said.
17-year inmate was innocent, DA says: Houston prosecutors are asking a court to formally exonerate a Texas man after DNA tests ruled out his guilt in a rape for which he served 17 years in prison. George Rodriguez was freed in 2004 after an appeals court found that faulty scientific evidence had been used against him in his 1987 trial.
Two U.S. airmen killed in Germany shooting: A 21-year-old man from Kosovo is in custody after two U.S. airmen were killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a shooting incident on a U.S. military bus at Germany's Frankfurt Airport, authorities said.
The man who hipped us to bi-winning: In 24 hours, actor Charlie Sheen managed a marathon of appearances that kept viewers enthralled. His acting is sitcom gold. His quotes are comedy platinum. Why can't we look away?
Aguilera detained after companion's arrest: Pop singer and actress Christina Aguilera was detained early Tuesday "to ensure her safety" after her rumored boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Boiling mad over $3,000 water bills: Imagine paying as much for water as you do for your mortgage. Residents throughout Atlanta are outraged by hundreds, even thousands of dollars in monthly spikes in their water bills, and have questioned the legitimacy of the charges for years. Now, they're demanding answers.
Dior to fire Galliano after Hitler comments: Christian Dior has started proceedings to fire designer John Galliano after he was filmed making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris restaurant, the fashion giant said.
Screen legend Jane Russell dead at 89: The 1940s and '50s movie bombshell, whose name was synonymous with voluptuousness, died Monday morning at her home in Santa Maria, California, her family said.
Sheen said he's cured, blasts CBS: Capping a day of bombastic assertions and harsh accusations on the airwaves and internet, embattled actor Charlie Sheen lashed out Monday at addiction specialists and sitcom executives while proclaiming himself clean and focused thanks to an "epiphanous awakening."
Coolest dad ever - A dad in Reno had a lot of snow in his backyard and apparently a lot of time on his hands. He spent more than 50 hours building a two-story snowman complete with a slide for his kids and their friends.
Don't quit your day job - There's a new get-rich-quick scheme out there, and all you need is a camera and a computer. Partner up with YouTube and toss some ads on that snoring cat video and you just might make millions. CNN's Jason Caroll shows you how.
TV the old-fashioned way - CNN opens its archives to give you a rare glimpse at how the sausages are made. It's tough to picture how a network made the jump to 24-hour news when even creating a simple graphic was such an arduous task.
17 dead reported in Libyan city of Zawiya: Doctors at a field hospital in Martyrs Square in Zawiya said Friday that 17 people were killed and another 150 were wounded when government forces attacked the city. They predicted the death toll would rise by morning.
'Deadliest Catch' boat crew member found dead: A crew member of a fishing vessel seen on the "Deadliest Catch" reality show was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, hotel room Tuesday, police said.
Jailed polygamist takes back church, ousts 30: Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is not only running the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but he has also ousted at least 45 high-ranking members he considered a threat to his leadership, two well-placed sources tell CNN.
Report: Thousands of migrants taken in Mexico: In a six-month period in 2010, more than 11,000 migrants were kidnapped, the Mexican human rights commission found in a report published this week
David Arquette opens up on battle with alcohol, drugs: David Arquette talked about his battle with drugs and alcohol in his first post-rehab interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday.
Reports: Libya jet crashes as troops refuse orders: As Moammar Gadhafi called on the military to crack down on anti-government protesters, reports emerged Wednesday that the Libyan leader was facing growing international and domestic opposition, including from his own military.
Teen arrested in fatal police shooting: A 16-year-old Florida boy faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Photos of Giffords shooting suspect released: Two new booking photographs of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner were released Tuesday.
Billy Ray Cyrus: 'I'm mending my family': Billy Ray Cyrus is trying to do right by his loved ones. After telling People magazine in its new issue that fame "destroyed my family" - and revealing in another interview he was "scared" for daughter Miley - the country star says he's looking inward.
Live blog on North Africa, Mideast protests: Live updates on Wednesday's developments in the uprisings in a number of North African and Middle Eastern countries.
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