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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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How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

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March 24th, 2014
05:48 PM ET

Washington landslide: 8 dead, 108 missing

(CNN) – A list of those reported missing following a landslide in rural Washington state includes 108 names, emergency officials said Monday.

But that doesn't mean all of them were killed in Saturday's disaster north of Seattle, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said.

The official death toll remains at eight with seven others hurt, he said.

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March 24th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Listening for missing plane's flight recorder 'pings' underwater

(CNN) – The Malaysian Prime Minister announced Monday that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is likely in the southern Indian Ocean, and that all on-board have perished – which pushes the search under water.

Signs of possible debris have ramped up over the last few days, but even if any are confirmed to be a part of the plane, that doesn't necessarily ease the search for wreckage.

The U.S. Navy has announced it has requested that a "Towed Pinger Locator System" be moved into the area to help find the flight recorder, a listening device put in the water to pick up the "pings" of the recorder, although they stress it's not really useful until you have a debris field.

Oceanographer Ian MacDonald, professor at Florida State University, explains.

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March 24th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

What new clues say about Flight 370's final hours

(CNN) – New information emerged over the weekend about the movements of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on the night it vanished.

Military radar tracking shows that after making a sharp turn over the South China Sea, the plane changed altitude as it headed toward the Strait of Malacca, an official close to the investigation into the missing flight told CNN.

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March 24th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Pilot: Search area for missing plane 'a giant washing machine'

(CNN) – Search teams want to bring back debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but first they have to find it, which is proving to be a difficult feat.

One squadron leader, a pilot, told CNN's Kyung Lah that the search area looks to him like "a giant washing machine."

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March 24th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

New details on Flight 370's final hours

(CNN) - Until the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders from Flight 370, or even pieces of debris are found, investigators will still be playing something of a guessing game to figure out what ultimately took the plane down.

But some key pieces of information were uncovered over the weekend that could help shed light on that suspicious turn the plane took just minutes after all communication was lost with air traffic control.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

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