The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.
Elizabeth Smart testifies of a bizarre, terrifying captivity: Elizabeth Smart relived what she called "my nine months in hell" on Tuesday, describing details of her life as a captive plural wife before ending a second day on the witness stand with a dramatic account of how her ordeal ended.
Cruise ship stranded without power after fire: A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier was scheduled to rendezvous Tuesday afternoon with a stranded cruise ship off the coast of Mexico, according to a Navy spokesman.
884 arrested in child prostitution crackdown: A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday.
Was that a rocket, and if so, whose? The Pentagon is unable to explain images of what witnesses took to be a high-altitude rocket launched off the coast of southern California at sunset Monday.
Shrinking professor loses weight on Twinkies: For 10 weeks, nutrition professor Mark Haubate snacked on Twinkies, nutty bars, powdered donuts, Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos to support his premise that in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most - not the nutritional value of the food.