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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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What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

national lead

April 21st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Finally finishing the Boston Marathon because her husband couldn't

(CNN) – Megan Gavin-Kirk took up running in 2007 when her husband, Sgt. Josh Kirk, was first sent to Afghanistan. It helped her deal with the stress of his being away and in harm's way.

In 2009, she received the news she had always feared. Her husband, and the father of their daughter Kensington, was killed in action in Afghanistan, defending a remote outpost under enemy attack.

"It was about 10:30-ish in the morning. I normally go for a run in the morning, for some reason I didn't that morning. And I was just watching TV, still in my pajamas, when the doorbell rang," said Gavin-Kirk.

At her door were soldiers bearing the horrible news.

Soon after, she began picking up the pieces, going through her husband's things.

"I was going through paperwork, because there's a ton of paperwork after a death in the military. And I found this folder. There were some papers about future endeavors Josh wanted to do. And I found this little bio in it, and at the bottom it said he wanted to complete the Boston Marathon someday," she says.
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April 21st, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Brothers move on after Boston bombing: J.P. & Paul Norden each lost a leg in the attacks

Last year, J.P. and Paul Norden went to the Boston Marathon to cheer on a friend. A few blocks from where they were standing, an explosion ripped through the crowds.

"We were confused," J.P. said. "Some people were scared, some people started crying immediately."

"One of our friends was like that was a bomb, the other was like we need to get in the street," said Paul.

Unfortunately for J.P. and Paul, they were standing at the site of the second bomb
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world lead

April 21st, 2014
06:15 PM ET

Investigators reconsidering approach, as underwater drone fails to find Flight 370 wreckage

(CNN) – Another critical point in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is approaching, and it seems increasingly as though mission complete may not necessarily mean mission accomplished for the high-tech device scouring the ocean floor for signs of the plane's data recorders.

The Bluefin-21 is on its ninth deep sea dive, having covered more than two thirds of the search area in the Indian Ocean. It may be done with scanning the entire search zone by the end of the week.

So what happens if this painstaking process wraps up without anything turning up?

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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world lead

April 21st, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Source: 'Massive and unprecedented' attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen

(CNN) – An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in the Yemeni provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, a high-level Yemeni government official being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.

At least 65 suspected al Qaeda militants have been killed in Yemen - many in those two provinces - since Saturday, including 55 on Sunday and Monday, two Yemeni government officials said. The other 10 were killed in a Saturday drone strike in nearby al-Bayda province, an attack that also killed three civilians, a high-level Yemeni government official said.

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April 21st, 2014
06:11 PM ET

What if underwater drone searching for Flight 370 comes up empty?

(CNN) – The autonomous underwater vehicle searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is on its ninth deep sea dive, having covered more than two-thirds of the search area in the Indian Ocean.

If it doesn't find any wreckage in its final underwater missions, what happens next?

CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien, and CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum weigh in.

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