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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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What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

What's the U.S. plan on Russia's "all out" invasion? Plus, a look at the strategy for fighting ISIS.

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August 29th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

What threat does ISIS pose to the homefront?

(CNN) – Yellow, orange, red – the United States has long retired the "rainbow of fear" terror threat alert system that was born out of 9/11.

But the United Kingdom Friday bumped up its threat alert level from "substantial" to "severe," a rating that means that a domestic terror attack is, quote "highly likely."

What has British Prime Minister David Cameron so concerned?

CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank and former Department of Homeland Security and CIA official Chad Sweet join CNN to discuss.

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August 29th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Will Americans see increased security over the Labor Day weekend?

(CNN) – Americans will see increased security this Labor Day weekend. But the TSA tells CNN that's a function of it being a busy travel weekend not because of a specific threat.

That said, they are doing more.

Officials tell CNN they are actively tracking known foreign fighters who travel in and out of Syria, but the problem is the unknown fighters.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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August 27th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Why isn’t there an official database on police killings?

(CNN) – The circumstances surrounding the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer, sparked a national conversation about issues of police brutality and excessive force.
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August 27th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Hurricane Marie drives surf way, way up in Southern California

(CNN) - Smashing!

That pretty much sums up the waves coming to Southern California this week. And depending on whom you ask - weather forecasters or surfers - that word means either life-threatening peril or enlivening fun.

Far offshore, Hurricane Marie is driving some of the tallest breakers in years to crest at Los Angeles-area beaches.

The National Weather Service has issued beach hazard and high surf warnings from more than 100 miles north of L.A. down to the border of Mexico. The swells should last until Friday.

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August 27th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Child firing Uzi at Arizona shooting range accidentally kills instructor

(CNN) - A 9-year-old girl learning to fire a submachine gun accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range when the weapon recoiled over her shoulder, according to Arizona authorities.

The instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, died at a hospital Monday night after he was shot in the head.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said the girl was with her parents. The three reside in New Jersey. The website of Bullets and Burgers, the shooting range where the accident happened, says children between the ages of 8 and 17 can shoot a weapon if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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