August 13th, 2013
12:49 PM ET

Science of Near-Death Experience

When people say they’ve had a “near-death experience,” they may not have imagined it.

There's now new science to support those who report having the phenomenon.

Based on a study testing nine lab rats, University of Michigan researchers say an electrical surge in the brain after cardiac arrest could explain the "visions" described by people who've survived a brush with death.

“You would think the brain would actually have no activity when it’s not receiving oxygen or blood supply,” says Dr. Tara Narula, a New York-based cardiologist.

“But they found the opposite, that there was a surge of activity in the brain and it wasn't just random, it was in a synchronized way.”

However, Dr. Narula admits it’s a leap to transfer this understanding from the rat to a human without more studies.

“There have been case reports in humans of similar findings on these electrical studies of the brain, but we really do need more research on humans before we can really say that what we saw in the rats is exactly what's happening to the human brain.”

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August 13th, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Weiner: 'What I've Done Has Hurt' Abedin

As he sat down for a "Buzzfeed Brews" interview, Anthony Weiner passed on having a beer, in what was perhaps the easiet question of the evening, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

For nearly 40 minutes, that can only be described as quintessential Weiner, the embattled candidate for New York City mayor veered from one uncomfortable subject to the next.

"I feel that what I've done has hurt her, yeah," he says about wife Huma Abedin.

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Question: "Is Huma still helping out on campaign?"

Weiner: "She's helping out every day."

Question: "Do you know what her role will be in Hillary's 2016 campaign is going to be?

Weiner: "I do. I'm not telling you."

To the latest revelations that he continued sexting other women well after leaving Congress.

But his campaign for mayor has been more than a personal train wreck, he's had a few political ones as well.

No shocker that a recent poll found 80% for New Yorkers have an unfavorable view of Weiner. Numbers that likely were not helped when he dropped an F-bomb near the end of the interview.

The question for Weiner is whether he can stay in his lanes between now and Election Day.

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August 13th, 2013
12:30 PM ET

Resort Collapses into Sinkhole on Tape

A large sinkhole is swallowing buildings at a resort near Walt Disney World in Central Florida this morning, CNN's Martin Savidge reports. Rescue officials in Lake County say the sinkhole is about 60 ft in diameter, is 15 ft deep, and is still growing.

So far it has caused one building to collapse and a second to slowly sink at the Summer Bay Resort near Orlando. Guests ran for their lives. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

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August 13th, 2013
12:11 PM ET

Can the NYPD's “Stop & Frisk” Tactics be Validated?

A federal judge has made a controversial decision for a controversial policy, ruling that the New York City Police Department’s "stop and frisk" tactics violate the constitutional rights of minorities.

In her scathing opinion, the judge said the policy is a form of racial profiling, and has called for an independent monitor to oversee reforms to the police department's stop and frisk program.

CNN Legal Analyst and former Federal Prosecutor Sunny Hostin explains the judge’s decision and says the stop and frisk policy in itself is not wrong, but needs to be applied in a particular way. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

“If you’re gonna stop someone, you have to have what’s called a reasonable suspicion to stop them,” Hostin explains. “Is there furtive movement? Is there a crime afoot and this person meets that description?”

Hostin says the judge based her opinion on statistics that prove the overwhelming majority of stop and frisks are made on minority people, and an overwhelming number of stops do not result in arrests.

Of “4.4 million stops over a span of years, 88% of those stops didn't lead to any arrests, didn't lead to anything,” she says.

Stop and frisk cases “can be very effective, but you can’t trounce on someone's constitutional rights,” Hostin says. “You can't stop someone merely because they’re Black or Latino. And that seems to be what the practice was.”

But Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defend the program, and have already announced plans to appeal.

Agreeing with the policy, CNN “Crossfire” host and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says, “last year was the least violent year in modern New York history,” and thousands of lives have been saved as a result of it. (WATCH VIDEO)

Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill refuses to concede that stop and frisk tactics have prevented those deaths.

“Deaths have gone down, but they've also gone down in Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, by much larger margins,” Hill says, “and they don't have these types of oppressive stop and frisk policies.”

Gingrich and Hill dig deeper into the fairness of the policy below. (WATCH VIDEO)

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