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world lead

December 29th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Experts: Lessons still not learned from previous air disasters

(CNN) - While the mystery and geography have led to easy comparisons between the disappearances of the AirAsia flight and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, there are also some distinct differences.

For starters, the search area for Flight 370 was much deeper in the Indian Ocean. Compared to the more shallow, heavily-trafficked Java Sea.

And then there are the sizes of the search areas. For Flight 370, it was about the size of West Virginia. For AirAsia, at least right now, it's about the size of West Virginia and South Carolina combined. Of course it's early yet.


world lead

December 29th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

What impact could weather have had on Flight 8501?

(CNN) - The grueling search continues for a passenger plane that disappeared on its way from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board - 18 of them children, including one infant.

The expansive search effort has yet to uncover so much as a speck of debris. So for now, investigators are left piecing together clues based on the plane's last transmissions.

CNN's Tom Foreman joins "The Lead" from the magic wall to show just how investigators are sorting out what went wrong.

politics lead

December 11th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Liberal and conservative backlash throws spending bill in doubt

Washington (CNN) - With just hours left to pass a spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown, a $1.1 trillion compromise deal in the House appears to be in trouble.

Usually the fight is between House Republicans and Senate Democrats. But this battle is different.

In fact, things got so weird Thursday, a Senate Democrat made a passionate appeal to tea party Republicans to reject the bill.

A compromise bill will never make members of both parties happy, but what is it about this one that is causing so much backlash?

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

December 9th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

An 'Uber' bad week for the ride-sharing app

Uber is one of Silicon Valley's fastest growing start ups. But as the company's reach spreads abroad, so do efforts to put the brakes on the ride-sharing service.

A judge ordered a ban on all Uber operations in Spain, joining New Delhi and Thailand on a list of places to outlaw the app overseas. New Delhi put its ban in place yesterday, after a woman accused an uber driver of rape.

And while the company was recently valued at $40 billion, there are questions over whether Uber can live up to the hype if it continues to run into regulation issues not just internationally, but here in the U.S.

national lead

December 8th, 2014
06:48 PM ET

NBA legend Isiah Thomas shares his own story of alleged racial profiling

(CNN) – With multimillion dollar endorsement deals on the line, and fans representing just about every political spectrum, it is no wonder sports stars are often hesitant to wade into anything deemed even remotely controversial.

But that hasn't been the case with the recent protests in support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Tonight lebron james, arguably the biggest sports star on the planet, could join a number of other athletes like Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, And Cleveland Browns' cornerback Johnson Bademosi, who were spotted wearing T-shirts with the words "I can't breathe."

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