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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.


world lead

December 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Who were the victims of QZ8501?

(CNN) - The mysterious circumstances surrounding AirAsia Flight QZ8501 gave loved ones of the 162 people on board reason hope that somehow, some way, they would be found alive.

But now that debris and bodies have been found, that hope has given way to unbearable grief. Some family members even fainted when an Asian news channel broadcast live images of what appeared to be bodies floating in the water.

And as the harsh reality of this tragedy sets in, we're learning more about the mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, and young children who were on the doomed plane.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

world lead

December 30th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Experts: 'Mystified' by 'odd' flight debris field

(CNN) - Now that search crews have recovered some wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, they face the daunting task of trying to find the bodies of those who were on board, along with that all-important black box.

And even though the waters are relatively shallow, the mission won't be easy.

Tiburon Subsea Research president and submersible specialist Tim Taylor joined "The Lead" to discuss, along with CNN Aviation Analyst David Gallo.

world lead

December 30th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Where does the ocean search go from here?

(CNN) - While the aerial search mission continues, divers as well as ships equipped with sonar technology are headed to what appears to be the crash zone to help find larger pieces of the plane, which could be somewhere near the bottom of the ocean.

CNN's Tom Foreman joins "The Lead" live from the virtual room to show us how this ocean search will probably play out.

world lead

December 29th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

What would pilot have done after being denied permission to elevate to avoid storm?

(CNN) - If weather is truly to blame for the sudden disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, that raises questions.

Such as why, according to the Wall Street Journal, nearly a dozen other planes managed to fly through the same region at the same time, without incident.

If the weather in the region was that bad, should this plane have been allowed to take off in the first place? And knowing that the pilot of the AirAsia flight requested to fly at a higher altitude and was denied, what options would a pilot have at that point to safely fly the plane?


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