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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

money lead

April 17th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

MH370: Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

(CNN) - A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysian jetliner could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday.

Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an extended search and salvage mission.

Searchers seem to be preparing for the possibility that an underwater drone scan of the southern Indian Ocean may not yield immediate debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

If no traces of MH370 are found, officials will be forced to review the operation and find a way forward, the Malaysian acting transport minister said Thursday.

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world lead

April 17th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Analysis: Agreement reached by top diplomats means little on the ground in Ukraine

(CNN) – Diplomats meeting for emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine issued a joint statement Thursday aimed at de-escalating the tensions and ensuring the security of all Ukrainians.

The pact calls for all illegal armed groups to be disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to their legitimate owners and all occupied public spaces to be vacated. It promises amnesty for protesters who leave buildings and give up their weapons, apart from those convicted of capital crimes.

But the agreement means little to protesters on the ground, reports CNN's Nick Paton Walsh. CNN's Elise Labott also weighs in on the ongoing crisis, in the video above.

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world lead

April 17th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Running out of leads in MH370 search?

(CNN) – With no sign of wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and the Australian Prime Minister telling the Wall Street Journal that this phase of the search may be over in a week, are investigators reaching the end of their leads?

CNN safety analyst and author of "Why Planes Crash" David Soucie, and CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum discuss.

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world lead

April 17th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

South Korea ferry disaster: Captain could face charges for abandoning ship

Jindo, South Korea (CNN) - Anguished relatives of missing South Korean ferry passengers waited for answers Thursday as rescuers fought bad weather, murky water, darkness and time to find a way deep into the capsized ship.

Authorities believe 276 people - many of them high school students on a field trip - may remain trapped inside the five-story ship. At least some, authorities say, could still be alive more than a day after the ship rolled over.
Meanwhile, the ferry's captain is facing mounting questions about the incident.

Among other things, authorities are investigating the possibility the ship was off course when it ran into trouble, reports that few of its lifeboats made it into the water and reports that the captain was among the first to escape, according to Kim Soo Hyeon, the chief of South Korea's Yellow Sea Maritime Police Agency.

Under South Korean maritime law, the captain is supposed to stay with the ship, CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

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politics lead

April 17th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

The Obama-Biden bromance

(CNN) -The White House is framing it as POTUS Bromance, a BROTUS.

"Joe and I decided it was time for a guy's trip," President Barack Obama said on Wednesday as he and Vice President Joe Biden began an event in Pennsylvania.

The two pals hit the road Wednesday, snapping a ‘selfie’ in the back of the presidential limo, posting it to the White House Twitter account with the caption, “Pals.”
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