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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 news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

money lead

March 31st, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Grieving families: Why did it take GM so long to recall cars?

(CNN)GM issued yet another recall Monday; 1.3 million vehicles are being recalled to fix a potential problem with power steering.

It comes just one day before top executives from GM – including new CEO Mary Barra – will appear before Congress to try and explain how and why the company failed to fix a safety defect that killed 13 people, and a congressional grilling is only the beginning for GM.
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national lead

February 4th, 2014
04:46 PM ET

CNN commissions test of W. Va. water, tests show trace amounts of chemical MCHM

(CNN) - – A federal grand jury investigation has been launched into the West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 people unable to use their water supply, CNN learned Tuesday.

Nine counties were affected when the company, Freedom Industries, leaked as much as 7,500 gallons of coal-processing chemicals into the Elk River. Most people in the area are still using only bottled water, despite the assurances of the government that what's coming out of their faucets is safe to drink.

Now, CNN has the results of its own test of the water in the Elk River.

CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin reports.

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world lead

August 1st, 2013
05:00 PM ET

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency's Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
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