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world lead

January 10th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Senator: LGBT Americans should 'think carefully' about traveling to Sochi

(CNN) - The State Department issued a travel alert to Americans planning to attend the Sochi Olympics Friday, less than a month away from the start of the Games.

While saying there is no indication of a specific threat to U.S. citizens or institutions, the State Department advises Americans should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times.

The warning comes in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd just 600 miles from the site of the Games and the main transit point for some people traveling to Sochi. Russian extremists have vowed to disrupt the Games.

"The threat of terrorism and the very, very hostile actions Russians have taken towards gay people is a reason for Americans to be cautious about traveling over there," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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politics lead

January 10th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

NJ Republican: Traffic scandal tied to Christie punished people who voted for him

(CNN) - New Jersey residents have filed a class action action suit against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the state of New Jersey, the Port Authority, two former Port Authority officials that Christie appointed, aides to Christie, and others.

The six plaintiffs are all people who claim they were stuck in the epic September traffic jam on the Fort Lee side of the George Washington Bridge. A top Christie aide and an ally at the Port Authority apparently orchestrated the whole thing, allegedly out of spite for the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee who refused to endorse Christie.

"Each plaintiff was deprived of life, liberty and property as a result of the defendant's action," the lawsuit claims.

"It was a very frightening experience for me, and I actually had a panic attack, and it was extremely uncomfortable," Joy Galicki, a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

January 10th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Manchin: The culprit of this chemical leak will be held responsible

(CNN) - Some 300,000 people in West Virginia are without water, now that a potentially dangerous chemical is swimming through the water supply because of a company's alleged carelessness.

"It's something that we have got to get corrected as quickly as possible, then find out what caused it, who is the culprit and what type of things we can do to prevent this from happening," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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