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pop lead

November 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Remembering legendary director Mike Nichols

(CNN) – Mike Nichols, legendary filmmaker, masterful storyteller, and one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday.

Nichols, 83, was a masterful storyteller whose most famous final scene, was from only the second film he'd ever directed – "The Graduate."

His characters illustrated, and acted out our lives, loves, failings, from the dissolution of a marriage in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," to our willingness to betray ourselves to please those we love in "Birdcage".

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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national lead

November 20th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

FSU shooting witness: I thought I was going to die

(CNN) – Gunshots rattled a packed Florida State University library early Thursday, with three people getting hurt as hundreds of students huddled between bookshelves before police encountered and killed the gunman outside.

Blair Stokes, a senior at Florida State University, was huddled on the fourth floor of the library, when the shooting happened. She scanned the stacks, looking for the biggest book, hoping it would protect her if the shooter made it the fourth floor. She evaluated her laptop, wondering if it could possibly shield her.

"And then there was a point where I was like, if these things can't protect me, then I might as well make sure people know what happened," Stokes said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

That's when she started sending chilling messages out on Twitter as the event unfolded:

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national lead

November 20th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Milwaukee police chief calls out protesters

(CNN) – The shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer exposed a deeply rooted mistrust of police among many minorities not just in Ferguson but nationwide.

Ferguson became a symbol for the frustrations playing out in towns and cities across America, including Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Officer Christopher Manney shot a mentally ill African American man 14 times, killing him, during a confrontation back in April.

money lead

November 20th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Exploding airbag maker grilled on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – Japanese made Takata airbags have been linked to 5 deaths. The potentially deadly airbags are in millions of cars, some have been recalled, some are still on the road.

For nearly three hours Thursday, senators grilled a Takata executive, auto executives from Honda and Chrysler, and the federal safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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politics lead

November 20th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

How ‘nitty gritty’ is Chris Christie willing to be as leader of the country?

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey, is a politician who – unlike President Obama – likes to press the flesh, he likes to campaign.

"He loves being Chris Christie, political celebrity, which is what he's been for the last few years," said reporter Mark Leibovich, who profiled Christie for this week's New York Times Magazine.

"If he runs for president, he'll be out there again sort of in the middle of this orbit," said Leibovich.

"The question he's asking himself, and I think a lot of people are asking themselves, is how serious is he as a governor?" he said. "How nitty gritty is he willing to be as leader of this country?"

For more of our interview with the New York Times' Mark Leibovich, check out the video above.

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