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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

The latest news on Ferguson. Plus, a look at who could replace Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.

national lead

November 19th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Western New York buried by snow; at least 6 dead

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(CNN) - Stories about acts of bravery and kindness were emerging after as much as 6 feet of snow covered Buffalo, New York, one of the hardest-hit areas in a week when snowstorms and record-low temperatures whacked much of the country.

Six deaths in the region were blamed on the extreme storm, authorities said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and city officials Wednesday recounted stories of emergency personnel working double shifts with little sleep, of rescuers trudging around snow drifts as high as houses to get people to hospitals, of fire stations turned into temporary shelters and police officers delivering special baby formula to a pair of infants.

"It is clear that we are one Buffalo," Brown said.


national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Ebola update: Maine can't reach deal with nurse Kaci Hickox

(CNN) - Negotiations over where a Maine nurse can be allowed to go have failed, Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday, and he's going to "exercise the full extent of his authority" to keep Kaci Hickox away from public places.

The state is now saying it doesn't want to confine Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone with the organization Doctors Without Borders.

They want the nurse - who has twice tested negative for Ebola and says she feels healthy - to avoid public places such as stores for 21 days. That's the deadly virus' incubation period. Much of that period in her case is already up; it is set to end the second week in November.


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national lead

October 27th, 2014
06:29 PM ET

Will nurse still sue New Jersey?

(CNN) - An American nurse who has tested negative for Ebola is being released after days in quarantine in New Jersey.

Kaci Hickox, who told CNN the quarantine was violating her rights, is being discharged, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office said Monday.

Hickox was put in isolation Friday after returning to New Jersey from a month in Sierra Leone.

Her quarantine, part of a days-old policy the governors of New York and New Jersey instituted for all health care workers who've had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, has been criticized widely by health care experts.


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world lead

October 22nd, 2014
06:07 PM ET

In Canada Parliament attack, soldier shot, killed - one suspect also dead

(CNN) - Shots that rang out in the Canadian capital Wednesday left a soldier and a gunman dead, a city on lockdown, and a series of questions about security threats facing the nation.

Parliament member Kyle Seeback called it a "horrific day."

And it may not be over yet.

Authorities haven't ruled out the possibility that an additional shooter could be on the loose. And Ottawa Police Constable Chuck Benoit told CNN that there was more than one person involved in the shootings.


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national lead

October 16th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Nurse with Ebola being moved to Maryland

(CNN) – An Ebola-stricken Texas nurse will fly to a Maryland hospital that specializes in the deadly virus. Nina Pham is being sent to a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland for specialized Ebola treatment.


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