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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 and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

The latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

national lead

April 21st, 2014
06:18 PM ET

Finally finishing the Boston Marathon because her husband couldn't

(CNN) – Megan Gavin-Kirk took up running in 2007 when her husband, Sgt. Josh Kirk, was first sent to Afghanistan. It helped her deal with the stress of his being away and in harm's way.

In 2009, she received the news she had always feared. Her husband, and the father of their daughter Kensington, was killed in action in Afghanistan, defending a remote outpost under enemy attack.

"It was about 10:30-ish in the morning. I normally go for a run in the morning, for some reason I didn't that morning. And I was just watching TV, still in my pajamas, when the doorbell rang," said Gavin-Kirk.

At her door were soldiers bearing the horrible news.

Soon after, she began picking up the pieces, going through her husband's things.

"I was going through paperwork, because there's a ton of paperwork after a death in the military. And I found this folder. There were some papers about future endeavors Josh wanted to do. And I found this little bio in it, and at the bottom it said he wanted to complete the Boston Marathon someday," she says.
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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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April 10th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

The fight to 'Lean In': Sheryl Sandberg's road to success

(CNN) – "Lean In" is a phrase that seems innocent enough, but it has quickly turned into a rallying cry for some, and an example of what's wrong with gender equality movements for others.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the author of that phrase, is a woman who says her only message was to encourage women to fight for their fair share. Judging by her résumé, she's certainly leading by example.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

April 9th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Chasing false leads in search for Flight 370

(CNN) – Emotions have been swinging like a pendulum for those involved with the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Just when it seems like they're close to finding out what happened to their loved ones, hopes are dashed by changing satellite data, or the cruel reality that what looked like plane debris was little more than ocean trash.

After more than a month of frustration and heartache, are the recent "pings" finally the breakthrough we've been waiting for?

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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April 8th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

History of the 'black box'

(CNN) – It's a desperate time for search crews now racing to rediscover signals that may be coming from the data recorders of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Those so-called black boxes are something heard about after every plane crash; the flight data and cockpit voice recorders hold the answers to some of the biggest mysteries of modern times.

Quite often, they are the only survivors among the wreckage.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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