The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.
Prank proves fatal in Vermont: A 24-year-old Vermont man was fatally shot by a friend who used a gun in a prank to wake him up, police said.
China appears to criticize S. Korea war games: Tensions between the Koreas remained high Friday as China appeared to criticize the U.S.-South Korean military exercise set to begin Sunday in the Yellow Sea.
Search to resume for Air France 447: A new operation will begin next year to find the debris of Air France Flight 447, which mysteriously crashed into the southern Atlantic Ocean last year.
Apple cuts iPad price to $458: Apple's iPad tablet computer - one of the hottest items of the holiday shopping season - got a price cut on the company's website Friday.
Man charged with death of bride in Australia: Fresh off serving an 18-month prison term in Australia related to the scuba-diving death of his newlywed wife, a U.S. man was arrested Thursday after a grand jury in Alabama indicted him in her death.