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

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national lead

December 10th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Fmr. CIA lawyer on torture report: Several employees were punished, 1 prosecuted

(CNN) – Former CIA general counsel John Rizzo, author of "Company Man", says the notion that people "got away scot-free" with what some people are calling war crimes is wrong.

"There were several CIA employees who went over the line, who were punished administratively, asked to resign, sanctioned one way or the other," Rizzo said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

December 10th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Drones and planes: Too many close calls?

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Government is expanding the number of commercial companies that can legally use unmanned aerial systems, often called UAVs or drones, but efforts to safely integrate them into the national airspace are not moving fast enough for some lawmakers.

Wednesday the Federal Aviation Administration granted five new exemptions to four companies to operate the remote controlled aircraft for commercial purposes.

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pop lead

December 10th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Angelina Jolie, other stars slammed in hacked Sony emails

(CNN) – Sources with firsthand knowledge of the investigation into the attack on Sony's system say it is unlike anything seen in the U.S., and it has caught the attention of U.S. government officials at the highest levels.

Read: The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The mega hack of Sony's computer system is proving to be even bigger and more damaging than previously realized.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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world lead

December 10th, 2014
04:46 PM ET

Officials: Khorasan Group bomb maker thought dead survived

Washington (CNN) - New information leads U.S. officials to believe that French jihadist David Drugeon, a bomb maker in the al-Qaeda affiliated Khorasan Group, survived U.S. strikes last month, U.S. officials tell CNN.

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Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

money lead

December 10th, 2014
03:01 PM ET

Instagram bypasses Twitter in number of users

(CNN) – Social media giant Instagram announced Wednesday that there are now more than 300 million users posting random images about their life, their loved ones, and their lunch on the mobile site.

The company said users post at least 70 million photos and videos a day.

Exactly two years ago, College Humor had a little fun making fun of pointless pictures on Instagram, while also making Nickleback tolerable for two minutes.

With this new milestone, Instagram now bypasses the 284 million users on Twitter.

The company is also borrowing a feature from Twitter. In the next few days, Instagram will launch verified accounts, separating real celebrity and brand pages from the fake ones.

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