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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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Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend – what will be the department's reaction?

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend - what will be the department's reaction?

national lead

August 12th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Ferguson police won't share name of officer who shot teen

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - Ferguson police will not release the name of the officer who shot a teenager in the St. Louis suburb because of threats made to another officer who was falsely accused on social media of being the shooter, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Tuesday.

The department had said Monday that it would release the name, the same day federal civil rights investigators and the FBI opened an inquiry into the case of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed Saturday.

Witnesses say the teen was unarmed and his hands were in the air demonstrating that. Police have said that Brown attacked the officer in his car and tried take his gun.

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national lead

April 28th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Tornadoes hit community three years apart

(CNN) – The storms have moved beyond Arkansas for now, where 10 of the 16 deaths confirmed so far happened in a single county. There is fear the death toll could go up, because many are still missing.

The terror that came when it was time to duck and cover came with an eerie sense of déjà vu for this community.

CNN's George Howell reports.

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