March 5th, 2014
08:54 PM ET

Mom drives van with three children into ocean

A terrifying scene was caught on tape Tuesday afternoon.

Rescuers and bystanders rushed to save three children after their mother drove them right into the ocean.

Officials say it does not appear to be an accident.

Police: Woman who drove van with kids into ocean to get mental evaluation

The mother and her children were all rescued from the vehicle with no serious injuries. The mother is now undergoing a mental health evaluation and the children are in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

OutFront: Donna Pratt and her daughter's friend Taylor Quintin were staying at a hotel right on the beach and saw the entire thing unfold.

Filed under: News
March 5th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

Witness: Pistorius shot gun inside restaurant

A surprise witness took the stand Wednesday in the murder trial involving Oscar Pistorius.

A friend of the former Olympian testified that he was with Pistorius when he fired a gun inside a restaurant and then asked a friend to take the blame.

Oscar Pistorius trial: Witness recounts accidental shooting in restaurant

The incident took place just weeks before the death of Pistorius' girlfriend.

CNN's Robyn Curnow has been following the story and is OutFront in Pretoria, South Africa.

Filed under: Justice • News • Pistorius Case
March 5th, 2014
08:37 PM ET

Lawmakers clash during IRS hearing: Rep. Issa turns Rep. Cummings' microphone off

Tempers flare on Capitol Hill.

During a House Oversight  hearing about whether the IRS intentionally targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, former IRS official Lois Lerner pleaded the fifth yet again.

Issa: GOP-led IRS targeting probe may be at 'dead end'

The hearing turn ugly when the chairman of the committee, Republican Darrell Issa, tried to shut it down altogether, saying "Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee, and I can see no point in going further."

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That set off ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings.

As he stood up to leave, Cummings spoke into his mic: "Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman, I have a statement."

Issa ignored him and started to leave while Cummings continued. "Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this," says Cummings. "You just cannot do this.We're better than that as a country, we're better than that as a committee. I have asked for a few minutes..."

Issa muted Cummings' mic as he spoke. Issa returned to his seat and turned the mic back on, telling the rest of the chamber they were free to leave. “We've all adjourned, but the gentleman may ask his question,” Issa said.

OutFront: Bill Kristol and CNN contributor Paul Begala.

Filed under: Internal Revenue Service • News • Politics
March 5th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Sanjay Gupta 'doubling down' on medical marijuana

Editor's note: Don't miss "Weed 2: Cannabis Madness: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports," at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

(CNN) - It's been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential. I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have suffered for too long, unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them.

I have been reminded that a true and productive scientific journey involves a willingness to let go of established notions and get at the truth, even if it is uncomfortable and even it means having to say "sorry."

It is not easy to apologize and take your lumps, but this was never about me.

This scientific journey is about a growing number of patients who want the cannabis plant as a genuine medicine, not to get high.

It is about emerging science that not only shows and proves what marijuana can do for the body but provides better insights into the mechanisms of marijuana in the brain, helping us better understand a plant whose benefits have been documented for thousands of years. This journey is also about a Draconian system where politics override science and patients are caught in the middle.

Since our documentary "Weed" aired in August, I have continued to travel the world, investigating and asking tough questions about marijuana.


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Filed under: Health • Marijuana • Opinion
March 5th, 2014
08:30 PM ET

Hillary Clinton under fire for Putin, Hitler comparison

Hillary Clinton is under fire after comparing Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

Late Wednesday, she tried to clarify, but didn't entirely back down:

"What I said yesterday is that the claims by President Putin and other Russians are that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had to protect the Russian minorities. And that is reminiscent of claims that were made in the 1930's, when Germany, under the nazis, kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe. So, I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before."

Republican Senator John McCain was quick to agree with Clinton's comparison, tweeting:

She's right on this comparison, and he referenced a headline reading: "Hillary Clinton compares Putin actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany"

Clinton compares Putin's Ukraine moves to Hitler, later recalibrates

OutFront: CNN Political Commentator Michael Smerconish, he's also host of CNN's "Smerconish" and David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post.

Filed under: News • Politics • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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