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national lead

December 31st, 2014
06:40 PM ET

What to do to protect your family from flu epidemic

(CNN) - A deadly outbreak spreading quickly across the U.S. has already been blamed for the deaths of 15 children.

It's the flu and the CDC today announced that it is officially an epidemic.

And while you may not see patients quarantined or treated by doctors in hazmat suits like we did when Ebola hit our shores, this flu strain is a serious concern for health professionals because it is not only dangerous, it is unpredictable and mutating.


politics lead

December 31st, 2014
06:39 PM ET

NOLA columnist: What does it take to be elected by Louisiana voters?

(CNN) - One New Orleans columnist says that Rep. Steve Scalise should have known the awfulness of the white supremacist organization he alleged spoke to in 2002, but that cozying up to a group like that was a way to win in Louisiana politics.

The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com columnist, Jarvis DeBerry, joins "The Lead" to explain.

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world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:38 PM ET

New Year's Eve around the world

(CNN) - It's 2015 somewhere right now!

The year we were promised hoverboards, Jaws 19 and a Cubs' World Series in "Back to the Future, Part II."

"The Lead" takes a look at celebrations around the world, from Moscow to Taiwan.

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buried lead

December 31st, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Here's the history - and mystery - of drunkenness

(CNN) - Marijuana got all the headlines in 2014, but when it comes to Americans' favorite method of altering their state, booze remains on top.

Gallup reported earlier this year that 64% of U.S. adults say they "have occasion to use alcoholic beverages" and other studies suggest it increases significantly this evening. There will be tragic ramifications of course - and here's where we caution you to drink responsibly and take a cab home - but let us for now think of the glass as half full.

Think about that for a second: most of us will drink this New Year's Eve. Whether champagne, beer, wine or liquor, it's a process and tradition older than most of the world's religions. Even though it's often bad for us.

After all, as Frank Sinatra once said: "alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."

money lead

December 31st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

How to avoid Uber price surge tonight

(CNN) - It might be the last thing you remember tonight: getting in your Uber.

The ride sharing app has been blamed for pretty much everything this year, except maybe the Sony hack. And still, despite all the bad press, tonight alone the company is expected to generate 100 million dollars in revenue. That's in large part, of course, because they jack up their prices at peak times during the biggest party night of the year. Last year one five mile ride in Pennsylvania cost $265.

But hey, you're going out on New Year's Eve, you're gonna overpay for everything else am I right?

Business Insider's Senior Editor Steve Kovach joins "The Lead" live to discuss.

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