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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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Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend – what will be the department's reaction?

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend - what will be the department's reaction?

buried lead

May 28th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

NYC mayor may reverse 15-year ferret ban

(CNN) – It's the city that never sleeps. It's also the city that'll eat you alive if you sleep on it.

With the long list of problems affecting New York City right now – education, the growing gap between Wall Street and the hungry, traffic that will make you bite your steering wheel – nothing has divided the city more, and demanded the attention of city hall less, than the decades long fight over the right to own a ferret.

CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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pop lead

May 28th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

The words Maya Angelou left behind

Inspired by Maya Angelou? Read your favorite Angelou quote on video and send it to CNN iReport.

(CNN) - A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. Angelou had been "frail" and suffering from heart problems, the agent said.

Angelou's legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality.

In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. She delivered a poem at a presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama named her a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

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world lead

May 28th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Obama outlines foreign policy vision of 'might and right'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a foreign policy vision of "might doing right," arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership.

He told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that after the nation's "long season of war and divisions about how to move forward," they now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

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national lead

May 28th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Troubling report issued on VA; 1,700 veterans weren't even on the list

(CNN) – At least 1,700 military veterans waiting to see a doctor were never scheduled for an appointment and never placed on a wait list at the Veterans Affairs facility in Phoenix, Arizona, raising the question of just how many may have been "forgotten or lost" in the system, according to an agency report made public Wednesday.

Describing a "systemic" practice of manipulating appointments and wait lists at the Phoenix facility, the VA's Office of Inspector General called for a nationwide review to determine whether veterans at other locations were falling through the cracks.

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national lead

May 28th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Red flags were missed with Santa Barbara shooter

(CNN) – He didn't just "snap."

For three years, the Santa Barbara killer had been plotting what he called a "day of retribution," fantasizing in his journal about punishing "all of the popular kids and young couples for the crime of having a better life than me."

He also posted videos online, displaying his sickness and hatred of women.
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