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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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Former CENTCOM commander Gen. Anthony Zinni on ISIS. Plus Robert Plant on his new album.

Former CENTCOM commander Gen. Anthony Zinni on ISIS. Plus Robert Plant on his new album.

world lead

March 18th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Officials: Missing plane's course reprogrammed, new coordinates likely inputted in cockpit computer

(CNN) – Based on data, a law enforcement official tells CNN that someone likely reprogrammed the plane's cockpit computer to veer off-course. The New York Times reported similar news early Tuesday.

But investigators have yet to find anything suspicious in the pilots' homes or communications.

The New York Times reporter Matthew Wald joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

Disclosure: Matthew Wald's brother works for CNN.

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March 18th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Did a fire take down missing Malaysia plane?

(CNN) – While the latest information seems to indicate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was programmed to intentionally steer off course, there is another, much simpler explanation for what could have happened.

The theory gaining traction comes from retired pilot Chris Goodfellow, and it would explain why the plane possibly took an unexpected turn just before it vanished.

CNN's Athena Jones reports.


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March 18th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Meet American hero Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris

(CNN) – It was a long overdue honor for some of the bravest men to ever wear an American military uniform. Their great courage was overlooked for decades, and in some cases for more than half a century.

If not for the hue of their skin or their ethnicity, 24 soldiers who faced death in service to their nation would have received the most prestigious medals for their valor long ago.

The President honored those who served with exceptional valor, even if most were not there to hear it.

The review that led to Tuesday’s ceremony also led to adjustments that did not have to do with the prejudices of days past, but rather improved upon existing honors.

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran, is one of only three honorees still living. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest honor in 1970. Four decades later, the Pentagon upgraded that award to the nation's highest – the Medal of Honor.
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March 18th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Expert: Timing of plane reprogramming crucial to motive

(CNN) – The focus of the investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has increasingly turned to the pilots, especially after reports from The New York Times, and confirmed by CNN, show that the plane's first turn to the west was almost certainly programmed by somebody in the cockpit. But investigators have yet to find anything suspicious in the pilots' homes or communications.

What does this all mean?

CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo, who represents victims and their families suffering from negligence of airline, automotive, commercial trucking, motor coach and rail companies, and CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto discuss.

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March 18th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

First death in Crimea crisis

Moscow (CNN) - Never mind what the West thinks - the Kremlin says Ukraine's Crimea region is now part of Russia.

A signing ceremony Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Crimea and the mayor of the city of Sevastopol made it official, the Kremlin said in a statement. The territory, ceded to Ukraine in the Soviet era, is now part of the Russian Federation, it said.

The annexation - which had not been expected to occur until Russian lawmakers met later this week - was met with a howl of protest in Kiev, where Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called it "a robbery on an international scale."

Meanwhile, after masked gunmen killed a member of Ukraine's military, wounded another and placed the rest of the staff of a base in Crimea under arrest, the Defense Ministry authorized its forces in Crimea to use weapons "to protect and preserve the life of Ukrainian soldiers," according to a statement posted on its website.

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