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April 10th, 2014
10:40 PM ET

Stephen Colbert to take over for Letterman

(CNN) – It's only been a week since David Letterman announced he was leaving "The Late Show" on CBS.

We in the media were looking forward to months of endless, baseless speculation about who would replace the late night legend. But CBS had to go and short-circuit all of that, announcing Stephen Colbert will take over when Letterman leaves sometime next year.

Many viewers only know "Stephen Colbert" the fake news pundit who hosts comedy central's "The Colbert Report."

Colbert tells The New York Times he will drop his protective force field of irony for the new gig.

I sat down with Stephen Colbert some time ago, and reminded him that I was actually with him the last he got career-redefining news.

Good thing he didn't listen to me.

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world lead

April 10th, 2014
10:36 PM ET

Search zone tightens to smallest area yet

(CNN) – Officials are tightening the search zone for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to the smallest area yet, just about 18,0000 square miles, far narrower than the day before.

We are now on the 35th day since Flight 370 vanished with 239 people on-board.

As many as 15 planes and 13 ships are taking part in the search zone, after a possible signal was once again discovered in the water, for a fifth time.

The team came by this latest potential break in the mystery, using very different – and maybe more efficient – technology.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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pop lead

April 10th, 2014
10:34 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain on travel etiquette, and what he won't eat

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown season 3 premieres Sunday April 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

(CNN) – This weekend, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown returns to CNN, as Bourdain visits India and gets a taste of the high-up Himalayas.

Bourdain gives us a sneak peek of what's to come in the new season, dishes on travel etiquette, and reveals at least one food item he will not eat.

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national lead

April 10th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

The fight to 'Lean In': Sheryl Sandberg's road to success

(CNN) – "Lean In" is a phrase that seems innocent enough, but it has quickly turned into a rallying cry for some, and an example of what's wrong with gender equality movements for others.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the author of that phrase, is a woman who says her only message was to encourage women to fight for their fair share. Judging by her résumé, she's certainly leading by example.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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politics lead

April 10th, 2014
10:14 PM ET

Bush vs. Clinton: Who's got the sharper shoe dodging instincts?

(CNN) – A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.

She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.

"My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped.

The moment is reminiscent of President George W. Bush's famous duck in 2008 when an Iraqi journalist hurled a shoe at him.

Side by side, who's got the sharper shoe dodging instincts, would you say?

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