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

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national lead

December 23rd, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Delta baggage handler accused of smuggling guns on flights

Atlanta (CNN) - A baggage handler for Delta Air Lines moved a lot more than just luggage, authorities say - he also helped smuggle firearms.

And his accomplice managed to board a flight with 18 guns and ammunition in his carry-on bag, an affidavit states.

Eugene Harvey, who worked for Delta at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is accused of trafficking firearms and entering an airport area in violation of security requirements.

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national lead

October 29th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Hawaii volcano: Lava inches closer to homes, but some might stay

Pahoa, Hawaii (CNN) - A 2,000-degree river of lava could swallow a dozen Hawaiian homes in the next day or two - and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Molten rock from the Kilauea Volcano was about 350 yards from the nearest cluster of homes late Tuesday night, said Troy Scott of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

At some point Wednesday, the glowing lava could be visible from the houses, he said.

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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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politics lead

September 22nd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Secret Service beefs up presence after 2 White House security incidents

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Secret Service boosted its presence and its surveillance measures around the White House on Monday after an Iraq war veteran, who is apparently suffering from PTSD, jumped over a White House fence.

Officers patrolling the area will be out in greater numbers and will be "looking for individuals who don't look like tourists," a federal law enforcement officer told CNN.

Two security incidents in two days have raised concerns about the safety at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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world lead

September 2nd, 2014
06:37 PM ET

U.S. official: Attack targets Al-Shabaab leader, but his fate is unknown

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) - The U.S. military went into Somalia with one goal in mind: Kill Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab.

One day later, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said flatly, "We certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at."

What he did not say is whether Godane is dead.

The United States is "assessing the effectiveness right now" of the attack launched hours earlier, Kirby said Tuesday, including who, if anyone, was killed.

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