The day's most popular stories
Chris and Shane Dronett, and their two children, Hayley and Berkley, in 2002.
April 1st, 2011
11:30 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

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

Ex-NFL player had brain disease: Former NFL lineman Shane Dronett's transformation from an affable prankster, quick to flash a wry smile, to a person who was often frightened - and frightening - was subtle at first. The tragic culmination of his pain came when he committed suicide in 2009 at 38.

GoDaddy founder under fire for elephant hunt: The CEO of GoDaddy.com on Friday defended an online video that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.

12 killed in Afghan Quran burning protests: Twelve people were killed Friday in an attack on a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan that followed a demonstration against the reported burning last month of a Quran in Florida, authorities said.

Last island prison in U.S. closes: For over a century the picturesque waters around McNeil Island had a job to do: they kept the inmates in. But after 135 years, Friday will be closing time at McNeil - and the water off its shores will no longer be needed to deter escaping prisoners.

Missing cobra found alive in Bronx Zoo: An Egyptian cobra that drew thousands of Twitter fans has been found alive after it went missing for days from a New York City zoo.

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  1. trouser snake vs. egyptian cobra

    "I couldn't tell if it was swollen or not...cuzza where he bit me."

    April 2, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. N.Y. Bedbug

    @ Bronx Cobra..stop trying to steal our thunder!

    April 2, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Terry Jones,why? Burning ANY holy book is an ugly thing.

    April 2, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kudu

    No need to burn a book to get your point across.

    April 2, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spock

    Hello Kudu. Nice post. Short and to the point. How are things in Alaska?

    April 2, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kudu

    Cold still. How about that snake from the zoo?

    April 2, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Spock

    I didn't read that one. I read the one about the elephant.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kudu

    That was pathetic. Why shoot a defenseless elephant.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Spock

    The cobra is back at the zoo.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kudu

    I feed sea gulls here in Alaska

    April 2, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spock

    That reminds me of a special friend. She eats at McDonalds in Alaska, likes fruit, and feeds birds.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kudu

    She sounds like a nice person. Who is she?

    April 2, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spock

    I'm sorry Kudu. I can't tell you that. I will say this. Her name begins with an r and ends with an n. The world would be a better place if we had more people like her. Good-bye Kudu. Its time for my morning run. Have a good day.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kudu

    Starts with an "r" and ends with an "n". That could be anyone. I'm no detective.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Al

    @raven.. This guy Spock is a jerk, do not talk to him.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
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