October 8th, 2010
10:24 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Hammer Time? White House National Security Adviser Jim Jones was so upset by his portrayal in Bob Woodward's new book "Obama's Wars" that the retired four-star general told friends later that he promptly took the book and mailed it back to the award-winning investigative journalist and author. When CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry asked one senior administration official for comment on the furor, illustrating the sensitivity of the topic, his reply was: "What's that song: 'Can't Touch This'?"

"CHiPS" are down: Larry Wilcox, who played motorcycle officer Jon Baker on the hit TV show  "CHiPS," was one of 12 people charged in a stock fraud scheme, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. "The schemes generally involved the payment of kickbacks to purportedly corrupt pension fund managers or stockbrokers, who would use their clients' accounts to purchase the publicly traded stock," the SEC said in a statement.

Workers hold school gunman: A gunman opened fire at an elementary school Friday in Carlsbad, California, wounding two students, ages 6 and 7, police said. Both were flown to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego. Construction workers caught a 41-year-old male suspect and held him until officers arrived.

Is it Bush or Obama?: Americans are divided over whether President Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll. By 47 to 45 percent, Americans say Obama is a better president than George W. Bush. But that two point margin is down from a 23-point advantage one year ago.

Officer arrested in 2-state spree: A police officer arrested Friday in Will County, Illinois, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with a two-state rural shooting rampage that left one man dead and three wounded, authorities said. Brian E. Dorian, 37, an officer with the Lynwood Police Department, will probably face other charges, said Will County State's Attorney James W. Glasgow.

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