The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.
BP frees snared cutter from damaged pipe: BP was able to free a snared cutter Wednesday that had stalled attempt to cap undersea gusher responsible for massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ted Koppel mourns son's death: Ted Koppel is speaking out about his 40-year-old son, Andrew, who died early Monday morning reportedly after a daylong drinking binge.
Robots succeed, cut well pipe: A new flow of oil emerged from BP's damaged undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening after a remote-controlled submarine successfully cut into the well's riser pipe.
12 die in UK shooting spree: At least 12 people have been killed and 25 injured after a gunman - believed to be a local taxi driver - went on a shooting spree through three small towns in English county of Cumbria Wednesday.
Public wants Obama to get loud: With oil still gushing in what is now the worst spill in U.S. history and environmental devastation coming ashore, President Obama becomes target of anger originally directed only at BP.