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December 30th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Debris field in ocean sinks family members' hopes

(CNN) - While the discovery of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 debris is no doubt a gut punch to anyone who had been holding out hope that there were survivors, analysts can now start to piece together just what brought down this plane.

CNN's aviation correspondent Rene Marsh joins "The Lead" to discuss the latest in the search efforts.

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December 29th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Investigators explore what may have brought flight down

With so few details about what happened to the AirAsia plane, investigators and experts are digging to find out what happened in the final moments.

CNN's Rene Marsh reports on the ongoing investigation.

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December 18th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Is Cuba all set for a tourism boom?

(CNN) - Forget Cancun, Panama City, and South Padre Island.  Next year's hot spring break location? Playo Sirena, Cuba.

Come for the rum and cigars, stay for the human rights abuses.

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November 20th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Exploding airbag maker grilled on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – Japanese made Takata airbags have been linked to 5 deaths. The potentially deadly airbags are in millions of cars, some have been recalled, some are still on the road.

For nearly three hours Thursday, senators grilled a Takata executive, auto executives from Honda and Chrysler, and the federal safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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November 7th, 2014
06:44 PM ET

Did airbag company hide deadly defect?

(CNN) – Manufacturer Takata is under investigation, accused of covering up the potential dangers of exploding airbags for years. The new allegations were first reported by The New York Times.

At least four deaths and multiple injuries have been linked to the faulty bags. In one deadly case, police say the woman suffered what looked like stab wounds in her neck, but it is believed metal shrapnel from the exploding airbag caused her injuries.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, called on the Department of Justice Friday to open a criminal investigation.
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