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

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national lead

November 18th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Snow buries cars, houses in whiteout conditions

A rare event happened today as all 50 states, including Hawaii, had at least one spot at or below the freezing mark. CNN's Martin Savidge reports from the storm's epicenter in Buffalo, New York.

national lead

November 18th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

St. Louis police chief on preparing for grand jury decision

In our National Lead: bracing for public protests in Ferguson, Missouri as tensions are mounting while the grand jury continues to deliberate.

Shop owners are boarding up their stores in preparation for the decision and community organizers have asked that police not use rubber bullets, armored vehicles or tear gas and that special riot gear not be worn.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson explains the preparations law enforcement is making to deal with possible violence.

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world lead

November 18th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Obama administration orders review of hostage policy

(CNN) - Some of the families of Americans taken hostage by ISIS terrorists have been critical of the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate releases of their loved ones. And now, some indication that the White House is trying to fix whatever problems exist.

The mother of one of those murdered hostages, journalist James Foley, openly assailed the Obama administration after her son's murder, saying U.S. officials seemed disengaged and even annoyed by efforts to free him. Now, President Obama has ordered a review of how U.S. hostage cases are handled going forward.

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money lead

November 18th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Is the "achocolypse" looming?

A race to save one of the world's most precious gifts: chocolate. For a lot of you, the sweet treat is as good as gold. But once the good stuff runs out, the backup option could leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Literally. It's all about supply and demand. And right now, demand is winning out. The deficit on this delicacy is something we're calling: the achocolypse. Jake Tapper reports.

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