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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.

national lead

January 16th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

Mayor: Company responsible for chemical leak run by 'renegades'

(CNN) - Health officials are advising pregnant women who live in the areas of West Virginia where a chemical leaked into the water supply last week to continue drinking bottled water.

"Due to limited availability of data, and out of an abundance of caution, you may wish to consider an alternative drinking water source for pregnant women until the chemical is at non-detectable levels in the water distribution system," CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a letter to West Virginia health officials.

The problem stemmed from a leak of several thousand gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol from a storage tank belonging to a company called Freedom Industries. That chemical, which is used in the coal industry, leaked out of a storage tank at a Freedom Industries facility, breached a concrete wall surrounding the tank, seeped into the soil, made its way to the Elk River, entered a water plant about a mile upstream and got into the water system.

Charleston, West Virginia, Mayor Danny Jones, a Republican, says Freedom Industries is run by "a small group of renegades."
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money lead

January 16th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Fortune's top 100 companies to work for

(CNN) - Fortune Magazine released its annual list of the top 100 companies to work for - topping the list this year, once again, is Google. The darling of silicon valley is followed by software developer SAS, the Boston Consulting Group, financial services firm Edward Jones, and Quicken Loans.

So just what makes these companies so special?
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world lead

January 16th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Could Iran reverse nuke deal in 24 hours?

(CNN) - The key negotiator on Iran's nuclear program said even if a deal forces Iran to dismantle or freeze some of its nuclear program, the decision could be reversed and the program could be back up and running within just 24 hours.

"Whenever we feel the other side is not following through with its commitments, whenever we feel there are other motives involved, whenever—now, say, under pressure from Congress or something else—they take action against their commitments, say put in place new sanctions, we will immediately revert to the current status quo," Abbas Araghchi said in an interview with Iran state television.

The timing of the interview could not be worse for the White House, as it tries to persuade members of Congress not to pass new sanctions against Iran. The President met with Democratic senators yesterday, insisting that new sanctions would only mess up negotiations to get Iran to back off its nuclear ambitions.

So what impact could this have on the pending deal and the next move from Congress? Reporter Josh Rogin, who broke this story for "The Daily Beast" joins "The Lead" to discuss.

politics lead

January 16th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Christie administration lawyers up; subpoenas going out

(CNN) - Chris Christie's administration got outside legal help on Thursday as a special state legislative committee decided to issue 20 subpoenas to launch its formal investigation of a scandal over alleged political retribution by top aides to the New Jersey governor.

The subpoenas for 17 individuals and three organizations seek documents for now, said Democratic Assemblyman John Wisnieswki, who chairs the panel.

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national lead

January 16th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Newtown shooter may have called radio show year before attack, newspaper says

(CNN) - Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza may have called a radio show nearly a year before his rampage, drawing parallels between a Connecticut chimpanzee that mauled a woman in 2009 and a "teenage mall shooter or something like that," according to a report published Thursday in the New York Daily News.

The newspaper identified the caller as Lanza, based on Internet postings and confirmation by two of the late shooter's friends. CNN cannot confirm that the voice is Lanza's, but if it is his, it could provide previously unknown insight into the mind of the 20-year-old, who killed 26 people at the Newtown, Connecticut, school before killing himself as police closed in.

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