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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

sports lead

July 15th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

Tony Gwynn's death renews call for MLB to ban chewing tobacco

(CNN) – At Tuesday's All-Star game in Minnesota, it will be hard not to think of Padre great Tony Gwynn.

He was an all star 15 times, a man who lived to play and teach and talk baseball, and a man who died way too early because of a habit associated with it - chewing tobacco, a known cause of cancer.
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pop lead

June 18th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Picasso's 'Blue Room' has a hidden occupant just beneath the surface

(CNN) – It took years and a good bit of detective work by art experts and scientists to unveil a painting hidden underneath Pablo Picasso's 1901 masterpiece "The Blue Room."

Using infrared technology, experts at The Phillips Collection in Washington discovered a portrait of a bearded man wearing a jacket and a bow tie, his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers.

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politics lead

May 20th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

First lady gets political on school lunches

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama likes to use humor and high energy to push her initiatives, like "Let's Move" and her lunch program that set calorie limits on food served in school cafeterias.

But House Republicans are looking to give schools a permission slip to waive the program, and the first lady is fighting back.

CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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money lead

March 19th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Time for a tech upgrade for aviation industry?

(CNN) - How, in the era of the NSA and with everyone basically carrying a tracking device in their pockets, did a giant plane get lost?

Truth is, the airline industry still relies heavily on outdated tracking technology. And what good are backstops anyway, when pilots or other individuals can turn them off?

Is there anything coming down the pike that can save lives that the airline industry is willing to pay for?

CNN's Athena Jones takes a look.

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pop lead

January 17th, 2014
07:03 PM ET

Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party the hottest ticket in town?

(CNN) - An invitation to a White House dance party Saturday night to celebrate Michelle Obama's 50th birthday is the hottest ticket in town.

Think less inaugural ball, and more "Saturday Night Fever." While the First Lady may be sending tweets about joining AARP, she's known for her dancing prowess. The party's host – the President - has told guests to wear comfortable shoes.

"She's got a really fun loving streak. She loves to dance. She loves music and why not, you know, you only turn 50 once so why not make the most of it," said The Chicago Tribune's Katherine Skiba, who has covered the First Lady since the Obamas entered the White House in 2009.
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