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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 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.

world lead

April 18th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Avalanche kills 12 on Mount Everest

(CNN) – An avalanche on Mount Everest killed at least 12 sherpa guides, and seriously wounded three, four remain missing.

It is already the deadliest day ever on the famed peak. The victims of the disaster are the native Nepalese people who have been guiding climbers to the summit since the days of Edmund Hillary, the first explorer to make it up, and back down alive.

More than 330 foreign climbers have been given permission to climb this year, along with an estimated 400 sherpas to guide them home safely. One can only hope they all come back.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

April 18th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

'An investigation on steroids' – Behind the scenes on the hunt for Boston bombers

(CNN) – A look at what was happening behind the scenes, as the Boston Police Department worked around the clock to identify and capture the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

April 18th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Arianna Huffington: Hillary Clinton would be 'amazing role model,' if she runs without burning out

(CNN) – Media mogul Arianna Huffington is out with a new book, "Thrive," pushing ambitious people to add a bit of balance to their lives.

"Our society has shrunken the definition down to these two metrics of money and power, which is like trying to sit on a two-legged stool, sooner or later you fall off," said Huffington, founder of "The Huffington Post."

Too often, people chasing success put their own well-being on the back burner, much to their detriment, says Huffington.

"We need to realize that we're living under a collective delusion that equates burn out with success," says Huffington.
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world lead

April 18th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Fmr. Coast Guard captain from 'A Perfect Storm' weighs in on South Korea ferry disaster

(CNN) – An arrest warrant was issued Friday for the captain of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea, an accident that killed 29 people and left nearly 270 missing.

Plenty of questions remain about why it took so long to evacuate the ferry and why passengers were ordered at first to stay put.

"There was no reason to have that many people trapped down below the ship whatsoever," said Captain Larry Brudnicki, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.). Brudnicki led the rescue mission after the disaster that inspired the movie "The Perfect Storm."
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politics lead

April 18th, 2014
03:53 PM ET

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Russia is going to far out man Ukraine, "but we need to make sure that they understand they're going to pay a price if they do come in," says Corker.
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