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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

Journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on the death of legendary news editor Ben Bradlee.

pop lead

May 23rd, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Stan Lee: Meet the icon with the multi-billion dollar imagination

(CNN) – He's the man behind the mask, the muscles, and the metal of Marvel Comic's most popular superheros.

And at 91, character co-creator Stan Lee is still working to expand his repertoire.

"Every day I seem to learn something that can be done on film that I wasn't aware could be done before, and that makes it very exciting to be in this business," Lee tells CNN.

Lee is a legend in an industry that has evolved from $0.12 comics, to animation, and now to high budget films and digital delivery.
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sports lead

May 23rd, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Donald Sterling finally getting good PR advice

(CNN) – He said he wasn't a racist. She promised to dig in and fight. Now it turns out the Sterlings are ready to surrender.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gave control of the franchise to his wife Shelly, who is now negotiating the voluntary sale of the team with the NBA, sources tell CNN.
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national lead

May 23rd, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Fourth near miss by U.S. jetliners in less than a month

(CNN) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a near miss between two jets near Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport this month.

This is the fourth report of a near miss in the last month.

The latest incident happened on May 9, when two United Airline flights taking off were mistakenly directed to fly towards each other.

CNN aviation correspondent René Marsh report.

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national lead

May 23rd, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Unsafe in the air? Former air traffic controller weighs in

(CNN) – There have been four near misses between jetliners reported in the last few weeks, and those are only the ones that we know about.

How does this keep happening?

Former Chicago's O'Hare airport air traffic controller, and "Secrets from the Tower" author Bob Richards weighs in.

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world lead

May 23rd, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Ideal wildfire conditions make battle harder for Arizona firefighters

(CNN) – The deck appears stacked against 840 firefighters trying to wrangle an Arizona forest fire as it roars through thousands of acres of park land.

 Dust-dry pine needles, high winds and steep slopes have dealt the blaze called the Slide Fire ideal conditions to spread rapidly, fire officials say. And it has.

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