The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.
U.S. aviators rescued as Gadhafi remains defiant: As Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi crowed, "I do not scare," the United States Tuesday got back two crew members whose F-15E fighter jet malfunctioned and said it will be able to hand over command of the coalition that has hammered loyalist military positions over four days.
American teacher found dead in Japan: It was Taylor Anderson's dream come true to be living in Japan. Then, the March 11 earthquake hit.
Vegetables near stricken plant show radiation: Japan's Health Ministry reported Tuesday finding radioactive materials at levels "drastically exceeding legal limits" in 11 types of vegetable grown in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli and cabbage, according to Kyodo News Agency.
Fox 'human shield' report wrong, CNN reporter says: A CNN correspondent on Monday angrily rejected a report by the Fox network that he and other journalists were used as human shields by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to prevent a missile attack on his compound.
Lawrence Taylor sentenced to probation: Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor was sentenced to six years probation during a court hearing Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with an underage girl.