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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

April 4th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Families of passengers, crew of Flight 370 frustrated with Malaysian government

(CNN) – It has been a grueling 29 days for those with loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and not just because so little progress has been made in the search for the plane.

There is also growing frustration with the Malaysian government for what many perceive as a lack of cooperation to keep families looped in on certain aspects of the investigation. Many are asking whether it has something to do with incompetence on the part of government officials, or if they have something to hide.

CNN's Joe Johns spoke with some family members in Kuala Lumpur.

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national lead

April 4th, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Why authorities should investigate medications of Fort Hood shooter

(CNN) – Fort Hood shooter Spc. Ivan Lopez, an Iraq war veteran, was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas on Wednesday, killing three and wounding 16 before taking his own life. He had a history of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.

Finding out why Lopez went on a shooting rampage is going to be complex, there will not be a simple precipitating factor, says Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, a clinical psychologist.

"I'm not here to diagnose him but when they talk about medications, it's very important to understand that when a person is on medications, when they're starting a medication, adjusting the medication, adjusting the dose, there can be a number of side effects, which, for example, there can be an increase in suicide, there can be an increase in hostility, anxiety, worry," Murphy said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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money lead

April 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Lawyers ready to sue over missing jet targeting grieving families

(CNN) – Financial compensation can't bring back their loved ones. But that's not stopping teams of lawyers from lining up to offer their services to the families of the missing passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

CNN's Jean Casarez reports.

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national lead

April 4th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Army: Possible altercation 'immediately preceded' Fort Hood shooting

Killeen, Texas (CNN) - With the community reeling from a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, investigators are grappling for answers on why Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire against fellow soldiers.

Investigators are looking at a possible altercation with a soldier "that immediately preceded the shooting," said Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the post's commanding general.

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national lead

April 4th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Sister of wounded Ft. Hood soldier: Shooter denied leave form before rampage

(CNN) – Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook was one of the 16 people wounded after a shooter went on a rampage at Fort Hood. He was shot four times. After being treated for his injuries, Westbrook was discharged from the hospital on Friday.

"He is doing really, really well," says his sister, Armetra Otis.

Otis says her brother did not know the shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez. But he was unfortunately in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Westbrook was at work, when Lopez came into the office, asked for a leave form, and was told to come back later.

"Apparently he, I guess, didn't want to hear that. So he came back and he just opened fire into the office, on everyone," Otis said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"Lopez came in and he shot the first guy he saw and killed him, and then turned the gun on my brother and he was shot four times," says Otis.

 

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