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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

national lead

April 24th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Chicago's top cop calls accusations of finessed murder statistics 'nonsense'

(CNN) – Chicago is one of America's greatest cities, and one of it's most violent.

According to the Chicago Police Department's latest crime statistics, the city's homicide rate is down significantly from one year ago – in fact, it is the lowest it has been since 1965.

The department focuses resources on mostly gang-related violence in the south and west sides of the city, says Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who attributes the department's success to organization.

"We're running this department more like a business, perhaps more than other departments in the country," says McCarthy. "We're pushing down the resources, we're pushing down the authority and the accountability to the right people, and we're putting the right people in those seats, and holding them accountable for what's happening."

world lead

April 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Chinese officials slam Flight 370 search criticism

(CNN) – From the very beginning, China has played a major role in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

That made sense, given more than 150 of the 239 passengers on board were Chinese citizens.

But the country's all hands on deck approach hasn't exactly paid off. A New York Times report slams China's role in the search effort, painting officials as being more concerned with showing off their technological capabilities.

Sometimes it backfired on the international stage.

world lead

April 8th, 2014
09:44 PM ET

Flight 370 passenger's partner: I've stopped listening to Malaysian government

(CNN) – It's been 33 days since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but for those left behind, time has in many ways stood still.

Sarah Bajc's partner, Texas native Phillip Wood, was a passenger on the flight. She says she keeps up with the investigative reports into the missing plane, but "stopped looking at ... government-provided information because it's all proven to be wrong so far."

The Beijing expatriate continues to hold out hope she will see her partner again.

"I'm convinced he's still alive because I still feel him, and because there's absolutely no evidence to tell me contrary," Bajc said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The contradictory data and lack of physical evidence "means the plane can still be in tact, and the people can still be alive," says Bajc.

"My heart and my head are telling me that that is a very real possibility," said Bajc.

Watch more of our interview with Sarah Bajc in the video above.

politics lead

April 8th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

White House and GOP spar over equal pay

(CNN) – What's more taboo than talking religion and politics at the workplace? How about paychecks?

According to a recent study, half of all workers say discussing salary information is either discouraged or forbidden on the job, and many believe it puts women at greater risk of being paid less than their male counterparts.

But today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that would increase the penalties against federal contractors who discipline workers for talking about pay.

He is also pushing Congress to pass a bill aimed at preventing the same kind of retaliation across the board.

world lead

April 3rd, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Analyst: Better chance of winning Powerball than finding plane in vast search area

(CNN) - The Australians have called Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 the most difficult search in human history.

Soon, a ship with advanced U.S. technology will arrive to help searchers try to locate the flight data and cockpit voice recorder from the plane, which disappeared 28 days ago. But by the time it arrives, the batteries in the recorder's pingers will be nearly out of power, if they are still working at all.

"This is the technological equivalent of a Hail Mary pass," said CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien.

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