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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

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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world lead

September 1st, 2014
06:53 PM ET

Rare access to American captives in North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) - Three Americans detained in North Korea spoke out about their conditions and pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN.

Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were presented to CNN's Will Ripley at a Pyongyang hotel Monday. Each was given five minutes for an interview.

All three men said they hope the U.S. government will send an envoy to North Korea to help get them out of their situations, similar to how former President Bill Clinton helped secure the release of two journalists in 2009.

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