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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 15th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Tracking the Penn. killer

(CNN) - Police launched an intense manhunt in a Philadelphia suburb Monday after six people were found dead and one person seriously wounded at three locations, authorities said.

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national lead

December 15th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Manhunt in Penn. for alleged killer of six

(CNN) - An armed and dangerous suspect is on the loose right now in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Six people are already dead, in at least three different homes. Police are searching for the alleged killer, Bradley William Stone, who's rampage might not be over.

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world lead

December 15th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

How is the U.S. helping Australia?

(CNN) - We're getting new information on what role U.S. intelligence had in ending a 16-hour hostage standoff in Sydney.

Australian special forces and police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe from two directions - killing the hostage taker - and using some borrowed tactics from the United States.

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world lead

December 15th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

How do you talk to a terrorist holding hostages?

(CNN) - Australian officials had tried to negotiate the release of the hostages with the gunman before storming the cafe, but the ISIS sympathizer and self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis remained defiant, leading Australian special forces and police to eventually storm the Lindt Chocolate Cafe after a 16-hour standoff.

At least two of the 17 hostages were killed during the rescue attempt, while four others were wounded.

A former Navy SEAL and member of the hostage working group in Iraq says, unfortunately, this might have been the inevitable outcome.

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world lead

December 15th, 2014
05:29 PM ET

What do we know about the terrorist behind the Sydney siege?

(CNN) - A gunman, ISIS sympathizer and self-proclaimed Islamic cleric named Man Haron Monis took more than a dozen people hostage at a popular Sydney cafe for more than 16 hours today.

Australian special forces, along with heavily armed police, stormed the cafe at 2 am local time, killing the gunman. At least two hostages were killed during the rescue attempt and four others wounded.

So just what do Australian and American officials know about the hostage taker?

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