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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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sports lead

October 23rd, 2014
06:24 PM ET

UNC report finds 18 years of academic fraud to keep athletes playing

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (CNN) - For 18 years, thousands of students at the prestigious University of North Carolina took fake "paper classes," and advisers funneled athletes into the program to keep them eligible, according to a scathing independent report released Wednesday.

"These counselors saw the paper classes and the artificially high grades they yielded as key to helping some student-athletes remain eligible," Kenneth Wainstein wrote in his report.

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world lead

October 22nd, 2014
04:43 PM ET

Ottawa police: We are looking for additional suspects

(CNN) – A police spokesman says there is definitely more than one person involved in Wednesday's Ottawa shooting, and that they are looking for additional suspects.

"We have to apprehend and arrest the people that are involved in this morning's incident, and at this time we don't have these people," said Constable Chuck Benoit.
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national lead

October 24th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Washington school shooting: A father on edge

(CNN) – A father of students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School describes waiting to hear his two children are safe.

On Friday, a freshman student opened fire at the school, shooting five people, and killing one, authorities said. A federal law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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national lead

October 24th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Shooter’s friend: It came out of nowhere

(CNN) – A popular freshman shocked friends, fellow students, and teachers when he opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The gunman shot five people, killing one, before killing himself, law enforcement officials say.

"It just came out of nowhere. I honestly wouldn't expect it," student Frankie Pina, a friend of the shooter, told CNN.

"We used to be very good friends. We kind of drifted away a little bit. And now this happened," the junior said.

The gunman, whom witnesses identify as Jaylen Fryberg, was not a violent person, said Pina. Fryberg's girlfriend had broken up with him, and his tweets had recently taken a dark turn, he said.

He sent "scary" tweets "about hurting himself and stuff like that," said Pina.

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national lead

October 24th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

School shooting: Why a popular freshman would do this

(CNN) – Witnesses say a popular freshman, a member of the football team and the homecoming prince, took a gun to his school, and shot his friends and fellow students.

It's hard to understand, but not uncommon says Dave Cullen, author of "Columbine."

"It's all about the perspective of person. Objectively he may seem popular to us. But the person, especially a kid in high school, doesn't see it that way," Cullen said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

October 24th, 2014
04:52 PM ET

Witnesses: Shooter was popular freshman student

(CNN) – The gunman who opened fire Friday at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School has been identified as freshman Jaylen Fryberg, fellow students, including eyewitnesses, told CNN.

Fryberg was announced as the high school's freshman homecoming king on October 17, according to YouTube video of the ceremony and accounts from students to CNN.

Fryberg's multiple social media accounts depict him frequently hunting, and using rifles. His social media accounts say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.

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national lead

October 24th, 2014
04:42 PM ET

Witness: He shot them in their backs

(CNN)Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman Jordan Luton was having lunch in the school cafeteria Friday, when a classmate walked in and opened fire.

The shooter walked up to a table where his friends were sitting, said Luton.

"He came up from behind, and had a gun in his hand, and fired about six bullets into the backs of them. And they were his friends, so it wasn't just random," Luton said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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