Brave or reckless? Carlos Burle is among a group of thrill-seeking surfers who plunged into raging waters in Portugal during one of the biggest storms to hit Europe in recent times. He thinks he might have broken the record for riding the biggest wave, estimated to be around 100 feet high.
Burle caught the towering wave not long after helping to haul his fellow Brazilian Maya Gabeira out of the pummeling surf after she was knocked unconscious. He tells the amazing story on "New Day".
"I saw the swell, and I was scared. I was scared for my life, too," Burle says. "I was just holding myself because I knew if I fell, it would be hard for me to survive."
Praia do Norte, at the Portuguese town of Nazare, is renowned for its huge swells - and Monday brought more with the weather that caused havoc across the continent, killing at least 13 people.
Gabeira, one of the world's leading female big-wave surfers, was taken to hospital and escaped with just a broken ankle, while Burle is hoping to have his feat ratified as a Guinness World Record.
Terrifying moments for an eight-year-old girl in Aurora, Colorado as a man tried to kidnap the sleeping child from her bed, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
Police say the man ripped the screen off the girl's window, grabbed her as she lay in bed, pulled her through the window and forced her toward a dark alley toward his car.
Dan Oates, Aurora Colorado Police Chief, says though "This young girl immediately cried out. Immediately put up a fuss and a struggle and who knows if that might have saved her life."
Her struggle was enough to alert her parents and the girl escaping from her captor and into her mother's arms.
The girl's father ran after the suspect but only caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a new silver BMW driving away. Now the entire city is on alert.
The girl was able to help investigators draw up this sketch. A white man with blond hair, a black coat and smelling of cigarettes.
A reward for information leading to his capture now doubled to $20,000 dollars.
The head of the National Security Agency denied Tuesday that the United States collected telephone and e-mail records directly from European citizens, calling reports based on leaks by Edward Snowden "completely false."
“Incredible to see the heads of the most secretive organizations in the U.S. speaking out publicly and openly defending surveillance at home and abroad. They said emphatically that the White House would have known of the spying, but they added the president might not have known of specific targets, and they fought back hard against the storyline that the U.S. is the only country in the business of spying on its allies,” reports CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
"To be perfectly clear, this is not information that we collected on European citizens. It represents information that we, and our NATO allies, have collected in defense of our countries and in support of military operations," Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director, told a House committee reviewing the agency's surveillance activities.
“Much of the what they defended was the kind of megadeta or using leads to follow up and figure out if they’re terrorists,” CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says.
“I think people understand that. The European public is very disquieted that they’re being spied by this American spy agency.”
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The statement by Alexander before the House Intelligence Committee came as a number of lawmakers called for changes to the way intelligence is collected.
The hearing, billed as a discussion of potential changes to the 35-year-old Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, commonly known as FISA, follows a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel that the NSA monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone. Some reports also suggest the United States carried out surveillance on French and Spanish citizens.