The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:
Hurricane Earl grows to Category 4; Tropical Storm Fiona forms: With Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and soon the East Coast in its reach, Hurricane Earl prompted warnings for those areas from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday.
Passengers removed from flight after comment: Nine passengers aboard a plane at Dulles International Airport were removed before takeoff due to a comment made to a crew member Sunday night, a United Airlines spokeswoman said.
More than 3,000 Mexican federal police fired, commissioner says: About 3,200 Mexican federal police have been fired since May for failing to do their work or being linked to corruption, Federal Police Commissioner Facundo Rosas said Monday.
Antifreeze killer dies in prison: Julia Lynn Womack Turner, who was convicted in 2007 of murder for the deaths by antifreeze poisoning of her boyfriend and husband, died Monday in prison in Georgia, prison officials said.
Growing up bipolar: 'Nobody was on my side': Jennifer Konjoian was 10 years old when she put a plastic bag over her head. She remembers doing it impulsively, for no other reason than to get attention