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

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December 2nd, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Tech Lead: Company unveils 10-minute Ebola test

(CNN) – A new test could be a breakthrough in the fight against Ebola. San Diego company Genalyte has developed a rapid response blood test which can detect the deadly virus in 10 minutes.

"Our technology is substantially more accurate and more sensitive than any other rapid test," said Genalyte founder and CEO Cary Gunn.
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world lead

December 2nd, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Source: 'Powerful' wife of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi arrested in Lebanon

(CNN) - Lebanese authorities have arrested the wife of ISIS leaderAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the man spearheading the Islamist terror group's sweeping rampage across Syria and Iraq - said a source with knowledge of the arrest, describing her as a "powerful figure (who is) heavily involved in ISIS."

The woman detained is one of al-Baghdadi's two wives. Her arrest came as part of a "planned operation," according to the source.

A second intelligence source identified the wife as Saja al-Dulaimi. She was detained with her 4-year-old son more than a week ago when they tried to enter Lebanon, that source said.

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sports lead

December 2nd, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Sports columnist: Ray Rice PR campaign bad for Roger Goodell

(CNN) – Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is now pleading his case in the court of public opinion, hoping for forgiveness, and a team willing to hire him.
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national lead

December 2nd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Police investigating if Michael Brown's stepfather incited riot

(CNN) - Authorities are investigating whether Michael Brown's stepfather intended to incite a riot last week when he urged a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri, to "Burn this bitch down" after the grand jury's decision was announced, the city's police chief said Tuesday.

No charges have been filed against Louis Head in the incident, but police have interviewed people who know Head and who were with him November 24, the day a prosecutor announced that Officer Darren Wilson (who has since resigned) would not be indicted in the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Police Chief Tom Jackson said.

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December 2nd, 2014
05:37 PM ET

What is GOP looking for in 2016?

(CNN) – When it comes to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a few big names might come to mind: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul.

How about Ben Carson?

Carson, the non-politician, former Fox News commentator, is on everyone's radar after two new CNN/ORC polls placed the conservative neurosurgeon second as Republicans' 2016 nominee choice.

The first poll shows Carson running behind only Mitt Romney, a man who still contends he is not running for president. And while Carson was only at 10 per cent – to Romney's 20 – he still came in ahead of all those other big names.

So let's take Romney out of the mix, he says he's not running anyway, and Carson comes in second again, this time to Jeb Bush, trailing the former Florida governor by only three percentage points.

Yes, it is early and these poll numbers will change a lot in coming months, but how seriously are Republican officials taking Carson?

The National Review's Jim Geraghty, Media Matters's Karen Finney, and CNN's Brianna Keilar discuss.

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