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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 the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

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April 23rd, 2014
11:06 AM ET

One month after deadly landslide, and the search is still not over

(CNN) – It has been one month since a devastating mudslide smothered Oso, Washington, a town about an hour north of Seattle.

At least 41 people were killed, and two people are still missing.

President Obama met with relatives of the victims Tuesday, and with rescue crews.

The effort to find the missing, is still very much in-progress.

CNN's Ana Cabrera reports.

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April 21st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Finally finishing the Boston Marathon because her husband couldn't

(CNN) – Megan Gavin-Kirk took up running in 2007 when her husband, Sgt. Josh Kirk, was first sent to Afghanistan. It helped her deal with the stress of his being away and in harm's way.

In 2009, she received the news she had always feared. Her husband, and the father of their daughter Kensington, was killed in action in Afghanistan, defending a remote outpost under enemy attack.

"It was about 10:30-ish in the morning. I normally go for a run in the morning, for some reason I didn't that morning. And I was just watching TV, still in my pajamas, when the doorbell rang," said Gavin-Kirk.

At her door were soldiers bearing the horrible news.

Soon after, she began picking up the pieces, going through her husband's things.

"I was going through paperwork, because there's a ton of paperwork after a death in the military. And I found this folder. There were some papers about future endeavors Josh wanted to do. And I found this little bio in it, and at the bottom it said he wanted to complete the Boston Marathon someday," she says.
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April 21st, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Brothers move on after Boston bombing: J.P. & Paul Norden each lost a leg in the attacks

Last year, J.P. and Paul Norden went to the Boston Marathon to cheer on a friend. A few blocks from where they were standing, an explosion ripped through the crowds.

"We were confused," J.P. said. "Some people were scared, some people started crying immediately."

"One of our friends was like that was a bomb, the other was like we need to get in the street," said Paul.

Unfortunately for J.P. and Paul, they were standing at the site of the second bomb
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April 18th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

'An investigation on steroids' – Behind the scenes on the hunt for Boston bombers

(CNN) – A look at what was happening behind the scenes, as the Boston Police Department worked around the clock to identify and capture the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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April 14th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Kansas shooting 'really is terrorism,' says law center director

(CNN) – The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups, and the man with a history of spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric that went on a shooting rampage Sunday had been on its radar since the early 1970s.

"He's a hardcore anti-Semite and white supremacist. And basically his life's work has been hating Jews," says Heidi Beirich, project director with the law center.

Frazier Glenn Cross is the suspect. He is accused of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.

After he was apprehended at a nearby elementary school, Cross sat in the back of a patrol car and shouted "Heil Hitler!" Investigators have determined that the shootings could be a hate crime, Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a Monday news conference.

But had he yelled "Allahu Akbar" instead, he could have also faced terrorism charges.
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