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national lead

May 27th, 2014
04:42 PM ET

Could UCSB shooting rampage have been prevented?

(CNN) – Today has been declared a day of mourning at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The campus and others across California will gather later tonight to remember the victims of Friday night's rampage that left six dead, alongside their murderer. Thirteen others were injured.
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world lead

May 27th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

Ukraine: Fierce fighting closes Donetsk airport, claims dozens of lives

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) – A battle between pro-Russia separatists and government forces at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has claimed 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what is the deadliest outbreak of violence yet in the flashpoint city.

An additional 31 people have been injured, including four civilians, according to the website of the Donetsk mayor, Alexander Lukyanchenko. Two of the fatalities are civilians.

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world lead

May 27th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

Senior administration official: Close to 1,000 U.S. service members will remain in Afghanistan after 2016

(CNN) – After 2016, the number of U.S. service members in Afghanistan providing embassy security and engaging in cooperative security efforts with the host government and military would likely number about 1,000, a senior administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper.

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