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national lead

November 25th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Ferguson: How did we get here?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman

(CNN) – The day after in Ferguson. Stores and livelihoods, and people's dreams were destroyed - looted, trashed and torched.

How did we get here?
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pop lead

November 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Remembering legendary director Mike Nichols

(CNN) – Mike Nichols, legendary filmmaker, masterful storyteller, and one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday.

Nichols, 83, was a masterful storyteller whose most famous final scene, was from only the second film he'd ever directed – "The Graduate."

His characters illustrated, and acted out our lives, loves, failings, from the dissolution of a marriage in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," to our willingness to betray ourselves to please those we love in "Birdcage".

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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money lead

November 18th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Is the "achocolypse" looming?

A race to save one of the world's most precious gifts: chocolate. For a lot of you, the sweet treat is as good as gold. But once the good stuff runs out, the backup option could leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Literally. It's all about supply and demand. And right now, demand is winning out. The deficit on this delicacy is something we're calling: the achocolypse. Jake Tapper reports.

pop lead

November 13th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' to become Vegas musical

(CNN) – The Robertson clan made famous by A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" is looking to expand their multi-million dollar empire to the stage.

According to The New York Times, the producers behind "Jersey Boys" are set to make the Louisiana Bayous a musical this February.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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November 12th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Parts of Jon Stewart's new movie 'Rosewater' actually filmed in Iran

(CNN) – Comedian Jon Stewart's job, for decades, has been to make people laugh.

For 15 years Stewart has been mocking politicians and the media as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." So the first film Stewart has written and directed might be something of a surprise for his fans. "Rosewater" is a deadly serious drama about Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was thrown in prison for reporting on 2009's so-called Green Movement.

When Stewart told people he wanted to do it, his team thought it was a little crazy.
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