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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 18th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Is Cuba all set for a tourism boom?

(CNN) - Forget Cancun, Panama City, and South Padre Island.  Next year's hot spring break location? Playo Sirena, Cuba.

Come for the rum and cigars, stay for the human rights abuses.

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December 12th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Is this finally the end of the bull market?

New York (CNN) – TGIF? It was more like a Freaky Friday for the stock market as plunging oil prices struck again.

The Dow fell more than 300 points and finished the week with a 3.8% loss. That was its worst weekly performance in more than three years.

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December 10th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

What's spooking the stock market?

New York (CNNMoney) – December typically brings a "Santa Claus" rally for stocks, but we've yet to see it this year.

For that, you can blame oil prices.

The Dow was down about 260 points in late afternoon trading Wednesday. That's a 1.5% drop. Anytime the Dow suffers a triple-digit point decline, it's considered a bad day.

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Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

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December 10th, 2014
03:01 PM ET

Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

(CNN) – Social media giant Instagram announced Wednesday that there are now more than 300 million users posting random images about their life, their loved ones, and their lunch on the mobile site.

The company said users post at least 70 million photos and videos a day.

Exactly two years ago, College Humor had a little fun making fun of pointless pictures on Instagram, while also making Nickleback tolerable for two minutes.

With this new milestone, Instagram now bypasses the 284 million users on Twitter.

The company is also borrowing a feature from Twitter. In the next few days, Instagram will launch verified accounts, separating real celebrity and brand pages from the fake ones.

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December 5th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Gas drops below $2 a gallon in some states

(CNN) – Could you soon be paying less than $2 per gallon for gas?

Right now the national average is $2.71 a gallon, down a quarter in the last month, and some drivers are already cashing in the $2 deal.

CNN's Cristina Alesci reports.

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