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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 news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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April 11th, 2014
09:58 PM ET

Former firefighter rescues pets in disasters

Philadelphia (CNN) – Hazel Donnelly was taking her husband to the doctor when they got a call that their apartment building was on fire.

Her first thought was about her 17-year-old cat, Kramer.

"I don't have children on my own, so my cat is like my child. I became hysterical," said Donnelly, 50. "What if (he) didn't make it?"

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April 2nd, 2014
05:12 PM ET

Congressman: Iran's pick for U.N. a 'slap in the face'

(CNN) – Iran has named a member of the radical student group that seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for more than a year to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.

Echoing former hostages, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel called the move "a real slap in the face."

Iran's pick is Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line, the group of militants who seized the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

"The Iranians should withdraw their nomination and should send somebody else," said Engel. "All of us that were alive at the time remember that hostage crisis, and that is not something, I think, that we can just turn a blind eye toward."

For more of our interview with Rep. Engel, check out the video above.

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March 31st, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says

(CNN) – Your forecast for the next century: Hotter, drier and hungrier, and the chance to turn down the thermostat is slipping away.

That's the latest conclusion from the United Nations, which urged governments to address the "increasingly clear" threats posed by a warming climate before some options are closed off for good. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that taking steps to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions blamed for rising temperatures could buy more time to adjust to a warmer world.

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March 19th, 2014
05:18 PM ET

Flight 370 evokes past aviation mysteries

(CNN) – As the days stretch on, it's impossible to ignore the parallels between the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and some of the most nagging mysteries in the history of aviation, many of which remain unsolved.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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March 18th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Meet American hero Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris

(CNN) – It was a long overdue honor for some of the bravest men to ever wear an American military uniform. Their great courage was overlooked for decades, and in some cases for more than half a century.

If not for the hue of their skin or their ethnicity, 24 soldiers who faced death in service to their nation would have received the most prestigious medals for their valor long ago.

The President honored those who served with exceptional valor, even if most were not there to hear it.

The review that led to Tuesday’s ceremony also led to adjustments that did not have to do with the prejudices of days past, but rather improved upon existing honors.

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran, is one of only three honorees still living. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest honor in 1970. Four decades later, the Pentagon upgraded that award to the nation's highest – the Medal of Honor.
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