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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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world lead

December 30th, 2013
05:16 PM ET

Olympic fears after terrorist bombings

(CNN) - Terrorism at the Olympics is always a fear – the international sports event draws millions of innocent civilians, packed into small enclosed spaces.

Now the fear is fresh after two horrific terrorist attacks in Russia, the country where athletes and crowds from 85 nations will gather in fewer than six weeks for the Winter Olympic Games.
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national lead

December 30th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Top official who oversaw Obamacare website retiring

(CNN) –- The person tasked with overseeing the development of HealthCare.gov is retiring, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday.

The departure of Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer at CMS who's been in public service for 41 years, comes a few months after the bungled launch of the federal health care insurance website.

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sports lead

December 30th, 2013
04:51 PM ET

Formula 1's Michael Schumacher in critical condition after skiing accident

(CNN) - Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver in Formula 1 history and one of the world's highest-profile athletes, remains in critical condition after suffering severe head trauma in a skiing accident in the French Alps, hospital officials said Monday.

Doctors who have been treating Schumacher at the University Hospital Center of Grenoble said at a news conference that it was too early to say what the driver's prognosis might be.

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national lead

December 30th, 2013
04:46 PM ET

10 things to know about nation's first recreational marijuana shops in Colorado

Denver (CNN) - Colorado will begin allowing recreational marijuana sales on January 1 to anyone age 21 or over.

Residents will be able to buy marijuana like alcohol - except the cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or more.

It's a big moment: Colorado will become the first state in the nation to open recreational pot stores and become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale. Pot, by the way, is the third most popular recreational drug in America, after alcohol and tobacco, according to the marijuana reform group NORML.

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