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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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The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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December 11th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

When the feds seized a T-Rex

Editor's note: Go inside one of the most amazing dinosaur discoveries and learn why the federal government seized it. CNN Films' "Dinosaur 13" premieres at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, December 11, on CNN.

(CNN) - Imagine spending your entire career searching for something buried somewhere within the Earth - and then when you miraculously find it, the federal government seizes your discovery.

That's the predicament paleontologist Peter Larson found himself in after he and his team unearthed a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in 1990, preserved for some 65 million years in what is now the state of South Dakota.

It is the most intact T-Rex skeleton ever found.

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December 11th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Why Won't Washington Work: Funding to fix backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits stuck in Congress

(CNN) – It's a simple test that could solve hundreds of thousands of sexual assault cases and save countless more women from becoming victims of repeat offenders.

But right now, across this country, 400,000 rape kits are just sitting there untested, because police departments do not have the money to examine them.

Right now the funds to potentially fix this backlog are stuck in Congress, tied to a budget battle, while victims wait, and sexual predators walk.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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November 11th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

An exclusive visit to a prison's dorm for veterans

(CNN) - While most veterans come back to lead healthy, productive lives, some do not. Some end up on the fringes of society, or worse. And while we do not want to stigmatize veterans as a whole by discussing this small group who slip between the cracks, we also do not want to ignore their plight.

So on this veterans day, CNN's Jake Tapper visits a special veterans barracks at a state prison with an exclusive look at a new program designed to help them reclaim their lives when they get out.

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October 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Web extra: Blackwater founder accuses New York Times of 'made up' allegations

(CNN) – According to The New York Times, Blackwater was under investigation before the Nussor Square massacre, but stopped after a top manager at Blackwater told the government's chief investigator that the contractor could kill him and "no one could or would do anything about it".

"That's the first time we ever heard that allegation, I think that's another one made up by the Times. The New York Times has had to recant a number of stories they've written about me, or about the old company. That's a new one," said Blackwater founder and former CEO Erik Prince.

For more of our interview with Erik Prince, click here.

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October 30th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

Fmr. Blackwater CEO defends company amidst manslaughter convictions

(CNN) – The Nusoor Square massacre was a major turning point in the Iraq War – a shoot out in the streets of Baghdad that left 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians dead at the hands of four American security contractors working for Blackwater – the now infamous private security contractor.

"I will not second-guess the split-second decisions of my men," founder and former CEO of Blackwater Erik Prince writes of the incident in his new book, "Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror."

Last week, an American jury disagreed, and found three of Prince's former employees guilty of voluntary manslaughter, and one guilty of first-degree murder. But Prince stood by the security contractors.

"I'm not going to second-guess their actions," said Prince. "They were operating with the rules of engagement dictated to them by the State Departments, with the whole use of force continuum."
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