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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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April 3rd, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Has Fort Hood changed since 2009 shooting?

(CNN) – The Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is sending members of his crime victim services division to Fort Hood to work with victims.

Many question how could this happen at Fort Hood again, but the Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno, testified in front of Congress Thursday, saying changes were made after the 2009 shooting that kept the situation from getting worse.
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April 3rd, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Flight 370: The 'most difficult search in human history'

(CNN) – It has been nearly four weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished with 239 people on board. Those in charge of the search effort have vowed to keep looking not just for months and years, but until "hell freezes over."

CNN's René Marsh has more.

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April 3rd, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Fort Hood shooting: Psychiatric issues 'fundamental underlying causal factor'

Killeen, Texas (CNN) – The gunman in Wednesday's shooting at Fort Hood, Spc. Ivan Lopez, had a history of instability.

"We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. (We're) going through all records to ensure that is, in fact, is correct. But we believe that to be the fundamental underlying causal factor," Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the post's commanding general, told reporters Thursday.

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April 3rd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

David Letterman to retire

New York (CNNMoney) – Late night television legend David Letterman will retire in 2015.

Letterman announced his plan during a taping of "The Late Show" on Thursday afternoon. He said he had discussed the possibility of his retirement with CBS chief executive Les Moonves.

"He and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance," Letterman said. "And I phoned him just before the program, and I said 'Leslie, it's been great, you've been great, and the network has been great, but I'm retiring.'"

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April 3rd, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Analyst: Better chance of winning Powerball than finding plane in vast search area

(CNN) – The Australians have called Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 the most difficult search in human history.

Soon, a ship with advanced U.S. technology will arrive to help searchers try to locate the flight data and cockpit voice recorder from the plane, which disappeared 28 days ago. But by the time it arrives, the batteries in the recorder's pingers will be nearly out of power, if they are still working at all.

"This is the technological equivalent of a Hail Mary pass," said CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien.
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