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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.

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The latest news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

The latest news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

world lead

January 15th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Which lady friend will French president bring to White House dinner?

(CNN) – French President Francois Hollande and his partner Valerie Trierweiler are expected next month on a state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Their itinerary includes a February 11 state dinner at the White House.

But is it possible Hollande might bring another woman, actress Julie Gayet, with whom he is reportedly having an affair?
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national lead

January 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Fmr. NTSB official: Family of Asiana victim owed an apology

(CNN) - Shocking new video has come out in the moments after the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 in San Francisco last summer that killed three and injured more than 180 others. The helmet cam of a firefighter who responded to the scene shows that a firetruck was warned about 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan lying on the ground nearby.

The firetruck ran her over fifteen minutes later, while she was still alive, according to CBS News, which obtained the video. Another truck ran her over minutes later. The video appears to contradict initial reports that Ye's body had been covered by firefighting foam, and was difficult to see.

CBS obtained the footage from a source close to Ye's family, which has filed a gross negligence claim against the city.

"There were a number of mistakes made. That no one actually took 30 seconds to a minute to check the young woman on the ground, to check her vital signs before moving on is simply unforgivable," said former National Transportation Safety Board managing director Peter Goelz.
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national lead

January 15th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Expert: Mass shootings on the rise

(CNN) - The school shooting in New Mexico is just one of the latest active shooter events that have become so common, that other examples roll off the tongue: Newtown, Navy Yard, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech.

A recent report out by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center looked at more than a hundred active shooter events, which are defined as one or more persons whose primary motive is mass murder in a confined or populated area, not including gang and family-related shootings. The researchers found the number of these types of mass shootings has increased, from an average of about 5 a year prior to 2009, to 15 in 2013.

Events that led to the latest school shooting in New Mexico are not uncommon.

"Typical for school shooters in particular (is) getting their weapons from their family, going to school, and then maybe being frustrated with particular individuals at school, but taking out their frustration more randomly, more generally against the school as a whole," said J. Peter Blair, associate professor of criminal justice at Texas State University, who worked on this study.

For more of our interview with J. Peter Blair, check out the video above.

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national lead

January 15th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Report: Multiple violations for company responsible for West Virginia chemical leak

(CNN) - Only about half of the 300,000 people affected by a chemical spill in West Virginia have been cleared to use their tap water again. For the others, same deal as the last six days: No drinking it, no bathing in it.

Last week, an estimated 7,500 gallons of a chemical used in coal production leaked into the water supply from Freedom Industries. The leak was first discovered by residents, who noticed an odd licorice-like smell, which authorities traced to the chemical leak from a 35,000-gallon storage tank along the Elk River.
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January 15th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

French president ducks questions over affair allegations

(CNN) - French President Francois Hollande said he and France's first lady were going through "painful moments," as he faced questions Tuesday over an alleged affair with an actress.

In his first appearance before the media since the allegations surfaced in the French tabloid Closer linking Hollande romantically to actress Julie Gayet, the President was immediately asked about his personal life when he handed the floor to journalists following a nearly 40-minute speech.

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