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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

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July 16th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Murdoch's Fox made offer to buy Time Warner

New York (CNNMoney) – Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made an offer to buy Time Warner in June, and Time Warner gave a firm answer: No.

Even so, news of the proposal on Wednesday sent the stock of Time Warner soaring 15%.

Such a deal would be massive: the initial bid was $80 billion. That would value Time Warner at $85 a share, 20% higher than Time Warner has been trading.

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July 14th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Does Cleveland, in fact, rock?

(CNN) – Turns out "The Drew Carey Show" was right all along, "Cleveland rocks, Cleveland rocks!"

For those keeping score at home, the city named after Gen. Moses Cleveland is winning big, and that could mean big bucks.

After a stint in slightly-more-glamorous Miami, Florida, basketball's best LeBron James is coming back to the Cleveland Cavilers, because, he says, he missed his hardscrabble hometown.

"This could be the first chance we get a championship in over 50 years," one fan told local CNN affiliate WEWS.

But along with that championship ring, could Cleveland also get a shiny new economy?
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July 9th, 2014
07:56 PM ET

Is fracking responsible for Oklahoma earthquakes?

(CNN) – Oklahoma has been experiencing an explosion in earthquake activity, believe it or not, it's had more than California this year.

But why?

A new study in Science Magazine links the uptick to a controversial drilling practice used by oil and gas companies, an industry that forms one of the pillars of Oklahoma's economy.

CNN's Martin Savidge reports after all this shaking, somebody might want to inspect that pillar for cracks.

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July 7th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

New American corporate trend shorting Uncle Sam?

(CNN) – American companies doing everything within their power to pay the U.S. government less money is a time-honored tradition.

The latest trend all the corporations are doing is something called inversion.
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Uproar over cheerleader’s ‘trophy hunts’ posted on Facebook

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July 3rd, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Uproar over cheerleader’s ‘trophy hunts’ posted on Facebook

(CNN) – Kendall Jones is just your average college sophomore. She's a cheerleader at Texas Tech, working on a marketing and sports therapy degree.

But she also travels to countries like Zimbabwe and South Africa to kill big game like lions, rhinos, and elephants, and posts pictures on Facebook of herself posing – with a big smile – beside the dead animals.
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