The most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
2 confirmed dead in Missouri school bus crash: Two people were killed and as many as 50 injured Thursday in a wreck involving two school buses, a semi and an SUV about 40 miles outside of St. Louis, Missouri, authorities said.
Goalie, mistress and wife charged with murder: The man trying to prosecute a Brazilian soccer goalie and eight other people on murder charges in the case of a missing woman said Thursday that even though police have not found a body, he will proceed.
Missing boy, 2, dead near Arizona home: A 2-year-old who disappeared from his home in Dewey, Arizona, on Monday night was found dead Wednesday, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
7 dogs dead after American Airlines flight: Authorities were investigating the deaths of seven dogs after an American Airlines flight to Chicago.
Bond denied for father in toddler beating: A Florida man who admitted to the near-fatal beating of his two-year-old son while teaching him how to box remained behind bars Thursday, facing felony charges.