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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 on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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March 14th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Former pilot: Missing plane's deliberate course is telling

(CNN) – As part of the investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, officials are looking into concerns that lithium batteries in the cargo hold, which have been blamed in previous crashes, could have played a role in the disappearance, according to U.S. officials briefed on the latest intelligence and law enforcement developments in the investigation. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to the media.

But even with this new information, former commercial and corporate pilot Anthony Roman is still leaning towards this being a "man made" event, saying the plane's deliberate course indicates somebody was still in control.

Check out our interview with Roman in the video above.

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March 14th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Conspiracy theories for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

(CNN) – The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is so vast, and the facts are so few – is it any wonder that this monster void is filled with every possible theory? From plausible to outlandish?

"A lot of conspiracy theories are wrong, but that doesn't mean all of them are wrong. Could be that one of them in this case actually is right. We just don't know yet," said The New Yorker contributor and NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus.

This most desperate need for resolution comes from the most disastrous of events, the kind that must have an explanation outside of indiscriminate fate or a lone gunman.
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March 14th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Why the U.S. has vested interest in missing Malaysian plane

(CNN) – If there was an incident on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which led to an accident, sabotage, or an act of terrorism, the U.S. government "needs to know who, why, and how," says former U.S. Acting and Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger.

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March 14th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Recreating the last known path of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

(CNN) – Among the many unanswered questions surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What was happening inside the cockpit just moments before the flight lost contact?

While details may never be known for certain, there are ways for investigators to at least get a sense for what that pilot and co-pilot of that flight may have experienced in the night skies over the Gulf of Thailand.

CNN's Martin Savidge took the co-pilot's seat inside the cockpit of a Boeing 777 simulator in Ontario, Canada. He replicates the exact path of flight of 370 from takeoff to the plane's disappearance in the video above.

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March 14th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Fmr. FAA official weighs in on the search for missing Malaysia plane

(CNN) – It's now been a solid week since contact was last made with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It has become one of the most baffling mysteries in the history of aviation.

Former director of the FAA's office of accident investigation Steven Wallace weighs in on the latest theories.

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