October 30th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

Shop And Frisk? Barneys and Macy's Under Fire for Racial Profiling

The New York state attorney general is investigating Macy's Inc. and Barneys New York Inc after multiple allegations of racial profiling in which black customers say the New York City department stores targeted them because of their race.

The stores have until November 1 to submit information to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office concerning their policies on stopping and detaining customers, calling the police on suspicious customers, and policies on anti-discrimination and race, according to letters sent by the attorney general to Barneys Chief Executive Officer Mark Lee and Macy's Chief Stores Officer Peter Sachse.

"Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is committed to ensuring that all New York residents are afforded equal protection under the law. The alleged repeated behavior of your employees raises troubling questions about your company's commitment to that ideal," the letters read.

“There have been four claims in all. Two from Macy’s, two from Barneys,” reports CNN’s Nichelle Turner.

Macy’s is saying its employees weren’t involved in one of the incidents, and not commenting on the other, while Barneys is saying its employees weren’t involved in either of the incidents, that it was a police procedure, Turner explains.

But the police are saying they were alerted by store security and only got involved after that.

“So there’s a little bit of a ‘he-said-she-said’ nobody knows and who’s going to take the blame in this situation now that there’s been some legal action taken.”

Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck offers his insight, saying an arrest could not be made without a legitimate complaint from the store.

“You’ve got to have reasonable suspicion to stop somebody. You need probable cause.”

“Usually the store security will catch a shoplifter, or have a suspect in custody already, then call the police and patrol will respond, and they’ll make an arrest based on the security in that store,” he says.

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October 30th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Surfer May Have Broken Big Wave Record, Dude

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.


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October 30th, 2013
08:57 AM ET

Thwarted Colorado Kidnapping

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.

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October 30th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

Spy Directors Grilled on Capitol Hill

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.”


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.


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