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world lead

March 20th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

26 countries probe 3 million square miles for missing plane

(CNN) – The search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 spans more than 3 million square miles, roughly the size of Australia.

But even with search teams from 26 countries combing the area, both above and below the ocean's surface, few clues have been uncovered over the past 14 days that give any solid indication as to what may have happened to Flight 370.

CNN's Joe Johns takes a closer look.

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world lead

March 17th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

A closer look at the pilots of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

(CNN) – Those inclined to believe that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was no accident, are hopeful that a renewed focus on the pilots, crew, and passengers will bring everyone closer to the truth.

Malaysian investigators spent the weekend not only searching the pilot and co-pilots home, but delving into every aspect of their backgrounds.

CNN's Joe Johns has more on what they've uncovered so far.

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buried lead

December 27th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Horse-drawn carriages riding into the sunset?

Horse-drawn carriages in New York City could be about to giddy up and go away.

They've been a fixture in Central Park for years but, if some activists have their way, this part of the romantic past might be going the way of the giant soft drink and the cigarette.

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national lead

December 27th, 2013
05:14 PM ET

Teen's mom: Jahi is dead only if her heart stops

Multiple doctors have declared 13 year old Jahi McMath brain dead, but her family is hoping that a new hospital may make the difference.

They say a hospital in San Francisco has agreed to give Jahi long-term care, although she would need feeding tubes inserted into her body in order to be transferred away from her current facility.

The emotional and painful ordeal began after Jahi suffered complications from a tonsillectomy in early December. She was put on life support, and doctors at the hospital in Oakland, California insisted family members pull the plug.

Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said on CNN's "The Lead" that she just wants the hospital to let them move Jahi, "her heart is still beating, so there's still life there."

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national lead

December 26th, 2013
05:40 PM ET

Looking back at 2013's legal battles

2013 saw many complex and controversial legal battles – covering everything from race, to health care, to marriage.

One of the biggest cases for the U.S. government was brought on by Edward Snowden's leaks about the NSA snooping practices. A judge recently ruled there's a case to be made that some of the practices are unconstitutional, and President Obama says he will make a statement in January about reforms to the NSA.

Other controversial legal battles this year? the Supreme Court's decision on same sex marriage, a Utah judge striking down an anti-polygamy law, and the Greoge Zimmerman murder trial that gripped the nation.

Law professor Jonathan Turley, of George Washington University, discusses the biggest legal battles of 2013.

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