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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

world lead

January 3rd, 2014
06:38 PM ET

Death toll in Iraq shows resurgent al Qaeda

(CNN) - Experts are reporting a resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq – a country that was supposed to be stable enough for the U.S. to leave on December 18, 2011, when the last combat troops pulled out.

The New York Times reports that radical Sunni militants with links to al Qaeda are threatening to overtake Fallujah and Ramadi, two key Iraqi cities where many American troops lost their lives during the war.
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sports lead

January 3rd, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Why NFL teams are begging fans to attend games

(CNN) - The Green Bay Packers announced Friday they sold out Sunday's playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, with a little help from corporate sponsors who scooped up the remaining seats.

The team faced a deadline of 4 p.m. CT to sell out, before the game was blacked out in the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets – meaning fans would not have been able to watch the game in their own living rooms.
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national lead

January 3rd, 2014
06:11 PM ET

CDC: 25 states reporting widespread flu

(CNN) – The number of states reporting widespread seasonal flu activity jumped from 10 to 25 last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Widespread activity was reported in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wyoming, according to the CDC's weekly flu advisory report, covering the week ending December 28.

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politics lead

January 3rd, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Roundtable: Does the GOP have a 'Duck Dynasty' problem?

(CNN) - The cast of "Duck Dynasty" is back at work making duck calls and pulling pranks on each other, shooting their fifth season of the hit reality show for A&E.

The cable network reinstated family patriarch Phil Robertson after suspending him over comments he made to GQ magazine suggesting that African Americans in the deep South were happier before the civil rights era, and arguing that homosexuality is a sin.
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sports lead

January 3rd, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Dr. Gupta on why Packers fans should skip the chilly game

(CNN) - Dangerously cold temperatures are predicted throughout the country this weekend, with temperatures dropping to near -50 Fahrenheit in some parts of the Midwest - that includes the Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers are set to host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

People face significant risks when the temperatures drop that low. The two big ones are hypothermia and frostbite, says CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

With the temperatures forecast for Sunday's game, "in as little as 15 minutes, you can start to develop frostbite, so just an exposed part of the skin can develop that problem pretty quickly," said Gupta.
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