The day's most popular stories
April 11th, 2011
11:21 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:

In mixup, kid served alcohol at Applebee's, police say: A 15-month-old boy (pictured) was hospitalized after a behind-the-bar mix-up at a Michigan Applebee's restaurant that left the toddler sipping alcohol instead of apple juice.

Say goodbye to 1-year Verizon contracts: Verizon customers interested in signing a one-year contract (as opposed to the standard two) should lock in their selections now.

In some ways, we're still fighting Civil War: Americans still argue over many issues that led to the Civil War 150 years ago, scholars say

Katie Couric and Matt Lauer to reunite on 'Today': Katie Couric and Matt Lauer will be together again on the "Today" show – at least for one day.

Liam Neeson cut from 'The Hangover Part II': After replacing Mel Gibson in "The Hangover Part II," Liam Neeson has been ousted from the upcoming comedy, too.

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  1. Triumph

    Dear CNN editor,
    I just want you to know I read all of the article above and, as usual, is very good....

    April 12, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Hory

      Ha ha ha! You said "poop"!

      April 12, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Col. Bat Guano

    Its about time that Triumph made a come back.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. No civilwar hypes

    funny.. No matter what happens in the larger world..the world chaos makers claim it is happening to them.america is not libya..tunisia..egypt or mexico and cleary not victims other than as the conflict based quality of life.

    April 12, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    No hypes of that war?
    Good men fought and died on both sides of that civil war.
    My great-grandfather survived the Siege of Vicksburg. He was real in our family.
    All the soldiers were real human beings, not just the slaves.
    The war was not about slavery: it was about money.

    April 12, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Lincoln didn't pick up the abolitionist's cause as state policy until it appeared the north might lose. Sons and husbands were dying, and people were saying 'let em seceed'.

      April 12, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. david campbell

    Anyone can make a mistake. That's why children should not be allowed where alcoholic beverages are served.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Itsame

    dude how hard is it to NOT put alcohol in a kids cup. children that young should have their own child cups, especially at a family resteraunt..

    April 12, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Joey...true, our Civil War's meaning has been twisted over the years. The war was little more than the South defending their homeland against the invaders who were after the South's natural resources. (cotton, tobacco, etc.) We see this even today as foreign peoples plunder Africa's natural resources, bribing Africa's leaders just like the slave-traders of yesteryear did.

    April 12, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Now, why on earth would the North be so desperate so as to need the South's cotton and tobacco. It all started with our forefathers war with England. To finace the rebellion, Benjamin Franklin secured funding through the Banc of France. We won the war, but didn't pay the Banc back. So the Banc sold the note to another bank, just as we buy and sell debt today. Guess who bought this note. (cont.)

    April 12, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip (cont.)

    heck...having a hard time posting. Bottom line: The Civil War was fought over the South's natural resources, just as most other wars have been fought. The North had used these resources as surety for a debt owed England. (we never did pay back the Banc of France for funding 1776, so the Banc sold the note to the Bank of England, who then began legally siezing our trade goods. Reference the Boston Tea Party. "might as well dump this cargo, they're gonna sieze it anyway") Even as this was happening European and Muslim countries were bribing African leaders, who traded their own people for glass beads and cast iron bars. Today, countries from around the globe bribe African leaders who allow these foreigners access to the citizens natural resources, namely oil, diamonds, heck! even the cobalt China uses to make this cellphone comes from Africa. Anyway, the idea that the civil war was about ending slavery is laughable.

    April 12, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nice try but it won't work

      The Civil War was ALL about slavery and NOTHING ELSE.
      You don't like to admit it, huh? What's wrong? You thought it was for something else? What a maroon! Ha ha ha ha!

      April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    Agree with some on the Applebee's thing. They should be sued and they, in turn, should fire this idiot.

    Sued because they keep juice they give children in the bar (or at least where they keep booze), inviting this kind of mistake – or even someone maliciously doing this. There's no walk-in for cheese and vegetables? Employee fired for a) not smelling something in a reused container to see if it's good, and b) serving alcohol to a minor.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Proof that the Civil War didn't even begin to end slavery: Just as European, Muslim, and American's bribed African tribal leaders who sold their own people into slavery, today's economic giants do the same. Slavery is alive now more than ever. But instead of taking the enslaved people away from Africa, they are left there to work the mines and the rigs. But there are so many Africans now, many of them starve even though they own huge natural resources.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Yes, Africa's amazing natural resources belong to the people of Africa, NOT their leaders who are easily bribed out of these resources. Nothing has changed except they are no longer imported into the US to slave. They are left there to slave, or die from starvation.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Why don't they rise up and make it another way? Their northern neighbors are. Maybe it's time for Africa to get its act together and join the civilized world.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gonzo

    I'm bored with this thread. Time for liquid lunch @ Applebees.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JAZZ

      Right behind ya Gonzo. 🙂 FUNNY

      April 12, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. American Idiot

    A few years ago, I had a swarm of bees literally coating one of the branches of the apple tree in my back yard.

    What sometimes happens is a hive will get overpopulated, then another queen will hatch and the hive will split. Half the drones and workers, with the new queen, will fly off somewhere and hang around as a swarm while they bulid the new hive. In this case, they chose my apple tree to swarm on. So I went to home depot and got a can of pyrethrin, and sprayed them to death. Most of my friends thought I was a monster for killing the bees, but I had small children.

    I know this is not relevant to any of the sories, but whenever I hear about "Applebees", I think of those bees on my apple tree. Thank you for reading.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @leeintulsa...Africa join the civilized world? LMAO Africa has been supplying the "civilized world" with all sorts of natural resources for decades. But the people do not see the profits. Only their bribe-taking leaders and those doing the bribing profit. Africa struggles with starvation as the countries who consume africa's resources struggle with obesity. get a clue already.

    April 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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