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on this thursday night, the breaking news. the large-scale terror raids under way. authorities say a major attack was imminent. >> the firefight, as authorities crack down on a suspected terror cell. what was their plan? and the abc news exclusive. the moment in an american quarry. the fbi says this is homegrown terror right before your eyes. the images never before seen until tonight. >> whoa! >> the practice bomb going off. the plane crash in florida. the female pilot. you will hear the frantic call, blinded by the fog and dark. on the eve of the big game, the nfl player pulled from the field amid charges of sexual assault. and bradley cooper is here, on playing an american hero and on taking the subway with everyone else.
good evening. we begin tonight with a dramatic terror takedown. authorities stopping what they called a major and imminent attack. this time in belgium. this was the raid. you can hear the shouting, the gunfire, and the blaze as they moved in. tonight, two terror suspects dead, another wounded. we have a team on the ground there. and here at home this evening, an abc news exclusive. never before seen video. that white car pulling up. the black suv in a quarry in west virginia. the fbi saying a terrorist believing he's meeting with al qaeda. pulling explosives possibly from that trunk. more on that in a moment. but first, alex marquardt is in belgium. >> reporter: as night fell, bullets flying in this small
belgian town. dozens of gunshots, flames in windows, as police descended on this building in verviers. you can see the flashlights as they went in. the drama unfolding after pol tried to serve warrants to terror suspects that had recently returned from syria. >> certain suspects immediately opened fire with weapons at special forces of the police. >> reporter: by the end, two suspects were dead. a third, arrested. that assault, one of at least ten anti-terror operations across belgium tonight. authorities say they were preparing to carry out major and imminent attacks. brussels, less than two hours from paris. which of course is on high alert. you can see the increased security presence in the capital. authorities tonight raising the terror alert level to its second highest for police stations and
other buildings like here at the justice ministry. this tiny country, now fertile ground for breeding jihadists. security officials say more than 350 young men from here have traveled to syria to fight. the concern now, they're coming home. authorities say there's no known link between the terror cells in belgium and france. and to a large extent, that's the worry. today's operations highlighting the growing fear that this is just the beginning of a new wave of terror. david? >> alex, thank you. here at home, we're learning more at this hour about the young man from ohio under arrest. on his way to the capitol with deadly plans. this evening, his parents saying he was just trying to figure himself out. but investigators believe it was much worse. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: today, from his hometown of cincinnati, to capitol hill, there is nothing but shock. how did this 20 year-old, so-called "mama's boy" go from
this -- the clean-cut wrestler, the homebody who loved his cat, to this -- a man the fbi accuses of preparing to bomb the capitol in support of isis and al qaeda terror groups? >> he's not a terrorist and i don't appreciate him being painted as a terrorist. >> reporter: but fbi officials, who acknowledged they ran a sting on christopher cornell, say his plan involved not only detonating bombs at the capitol, but then mowing down members of congress with assault rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition he purchased at a gun store moments before his arrest. cornell's parents said today the boy was just trying to figure himself out, described as a quiet student who converted to islam last summer. that's when he first appeared on fbi radar, after, they say, he pledged his support to isis on social media, under an assumed name. >> martha is with us live. do we know if he was acting alone?
>> there's no link yet, they think he was the classic lone wolf, but the fbi does believe he was trying to communicate with radicals overseas. but in the end no one overseas apparently had anything to do with this. >> martha, thank you. now to the abc news exclusive tonight, revealing how serious and real the threat is at home. video never before seen tonight. the fbi and the terrorist they say was determined to kill here in america. here's pierre thomas with the tapes. >> reporter: that's amine el khalifi in a d.c. area hotel room brandishing a machine gun he hoped to use to massacre members of congress at the u.s. capitol. >> it's fully automatic. that means when you hold the -- >> how many hits in here? >> 30. it's full auto. you hold the trigger it's going to keep firing. >> reporter: tonight, this exclusive inside look at an fbi undercover sting targeting a man the bureau believes was a homegrown radical.
a would-be suicide bomber. >> this is one more example that the threat we've talked about is very real. >> reporter: here is khalifi at a home depot buying nails to use as shrapnel in an explosive vest. >> i got thick ones, not thin ones. the one who's going to make damage, right? >> don't be nervous man, come on man. >> reporter: this is khalifi driving out to test a bomb. unaware the men with him are undercover fbi. he thinks they're al qaeda. >> i'm going to put everything on my body i'm going to go inside, like a real place, maybe the capitol. i'm done. my work is done in this life. >> reporter: the fbi records his every move even as he pulled into a west virginia rock quarry where they would test the bomb. watch as the fbi undercover gives khalifi a cell phone rigged to detonate an explosive that is planted outside of the car. >> i want you to place the call so you can see how it works. okay, now hit send.
>> reporter: the bomb detonates. >> oh! >> reporter: not impressed, khalifi wants a bigger bomb. >> this is not strong enough, man. >> reporter: khalifi was a moroccan national living just outside of washington, d.c., when the sting operation took place in 2012. he hardly seemed the terrorist type, known on the party scene working as a local dj. but would he really have done it? critics could say this is entrapment. >> at the end of the day, all we can say is watch the tape. >> what has happened to him? >> he was arrested two blocks from the u.s. capitol on the morning of february 17th, 2012. he had the machine gun and was attempting to put on what he thought was a suicide vest. he pled guilty and is now serving 30 years in jail. >> pierre, thank you. and the white house releasing five more detainees
from the prison at guantanamo bay. all of them accused of fighting for al qaeda. four of them transferred to aman. the release sparking protests in congress. 122 detainees remain there. new developments after the deadly commute home in washington, d.c. earlier this week. smoke filling the station just as rush hour got under way. deep inside the tunnel, passengers trapped. so many questions about response time. tonight, authorities revealing rescue teams got there half an hour after the calls. some passengers calling back, asked if help was on the way. warning the train was filling with smoke. it took medics more than an hour to reach and move the woman that needed medical attention, who later died. and now to another investigation into a plane crash in florida. a woman piloting a plane, suddenly blinded by fog. tonight, the audio, her cry for help. here's jim avila. >> hello? >> hello. >> i don't know where i am.
>> reporter: a small, frightened voice begging for help. >> i can't see airport, i can't see. >> reporter: lost in the night sky, 600 feet over florida's central coast. >> okay, just stay calm, stay calm. maintain your present altitude. >> reporter: 38-year-old mihoko tabata is at the controls in full panic. >> just calm down. calm down. >> reporter: the calming voice of the daytona control tower attempting to talk the pilot down. the airport just a mile away but the single engine cessna is too low. >> are you climbing, ma'am? i need you to climb. >> reporter: nearly 400 americans died in small plane crashes last year. this fiery crash happened just last month in maryland, killing six. the leading cause, pilot loss of control. what kind of enemy is panic? >> once we panic, it's over. >> reporter: too often, the inexperienced pilot stalls while climbing. as this instructor showed me over california. >> try and relax when that happens. >> reporter: but ms. tabata was inexperienced and piloting a plane she was not certified to
fly alone, according to the plane's owner. >> if you can hear me please contact me. please say something. >> reporter: there would be no answer. mihoko tabata died on impact. the wreckage found in the five-foot-deep waters of the atlantic ocean. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> jim, thank you. tonight on the eve of a big game in the nfl, the league's tough new personal conduct policy getting a test. colts star linebacker, josh mcnary, pulled from the game, now charged with rape. telling authorities when they arrived at his door, i know why you're here. here's ryan smith. >> reporter: indianapolis colts linebacker josh mcnary today, dodging cameras. the nfl, benching him, less than 24 hours after he was charged with rape. >> the colts have advanced -- >> reporter: and just as the colts prepare for their biggest game of the season, taking on the new england patriots for a shot at the super bowl. >> we've placed josh on the commissioner's exempt list,
which will give him time to take care of things he needs to take care of. >> reporter: the case against mcnary, a west point graduate, began in december, when his accuser met him at a bar. they went to his apartment, where she says they got into a physical fight and mcnary sexually assaulted her. when police arrived to question him, mcnary told them, i know why you're here, gesturing to his bed sheets. saying, i preserved it for you because i knew you would be coming. >> that's why the league and the colts had to move quickly. to make sure they said, this is something we have to take care of and we take it seriously. >> reporter: mcnary pleaded not guilty, his lawyer saying the linebacker unhesitatingly denies all accusations made against him. >> ryan with us now. the nfl launching its own investigation? >> that's right. part of the new process under nfl rules. but it could continue well past the super bowl, meaning mcnary's season could be over. >> ryan, thank you. and beginning tomorrow, travel and trade with cuba may
be a little easier. new moves from the white house. americans can go to cuba, use credit cards and bring back small amounts of rum and cigars. businesses also now allowed to sell cuban computers, telephones and internet technology. tonight, john boehner speaking out for the first time since a bartender in his home state of ohio was arrested, charged with plotting to poison him. >> it's one thing to get a threat from far away. it's another when it's three doors from where you live. >> the speaker saying tonight, he hopes the suspect gets the mental health help he needs. we move on the new warning about the flu. let's go straight to the map. documented in virtually every state, coast-to-coast. there's an extreme number of flu cases in 26 states tonight. the vaccine not as effective as hoped. children up to 17 years old, 26% effective. and 12% between 18 and 49, and
14% for those over 50. dr. besser, how does this compare to vaccines in the past? >> this is a bad strain of flu this year. it's affecting the elderly very much. we've learned it's not very effective. 23% effective. last year, 51% effective. >> so, is the advice still to get the vaccine? now that we've seen the numbers? >> it is. some protection is better than none. in many seasons, after the first wave of flu, a separate strain comes through, maybe it will work with that. >> rich thanks for being here on the flu again tonight. we're going to turn to the oscars, hollywood's biggest night. the nominations are out. and the five biggest surprises and snubs that had many talking today. for best movie, "birdman," and "the grand budapest hotel." each with nine nominations. "boyhood" up for best picture. and jennifer aniston, passed
over for her role in "cake." many pointing out that angelina jolie was not nominated either for her work directing "unbroken." but rosamund pike was nominated for "gone girl." and bradley cooper, nominated for his performance in "american sniper." steve carell getting his first nomination, the wealthy benefactor in his movie. the "selma" director passed over. she would have made history had she been nominated. but there was a nomination for the movie. and it would seem that there was
no love for "the lego movie." but legos to the rescue. but they made their own oscar. and neal patrick harris saying he lost a $20 bet on the nominations to his daughter. maybe she'll join him to host. there's still much more ahead this thursday. the visitor to a real estate open house with much more in mind. look at this. this camera catching her in action, what she was really up to. authorities on the growing problem. and tonight, pope francis coming to america. and the big announcement. what will happen when he arrives? and then bradley cooper, getting the oscar nomination. for "american sniper." his amazing transformation to play the part. and tonight, how his life has changed. (man) when i can't go, it's like bricks piling up. i wish i could find some relief. (announcer) ask your doctor about linzess-- a once-daily capsule for adults with ibs with constipation
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>> reporter: bradley cooper, tonight an oscar nominee for his portrayal of legendary sharpshooter chris kyle in "american sniper." >> i'm coming home. >> reporter: in a statement, cooper said the film is a "tribute to chris" and all who serve and "sacrifice their lives for their countries." chris thought maybe you were a little too pretty to play him. >> he did say that, yeah, yeah. he wanted to tie me up, put me in the back of his pickup truck, and ride around. but i found that as a compliment that he -- >> reporter: a compliment? >> well, pretty, thanks. yeah. 38? pretty? okay. >> reporter: this is cooper's third back-to-back oscar nomination. first, there was "silver linings playbook." and then "american hustle." >> the casino, guys. >> i never grew up with parents that pushed me to do anything other than what would make me happy. i know that was a rare thing. and i had such an engine myself, they never needed to push me. >> reporter: for all his success, there is guy next door quality to bradley cooper. he is now appearing on broadway
in "the elephant man." every day he takes the new york city subway to work. how is it different being photographed by paparazzi who follow you around the world to being snapped by folks? >> with their iphone? people are very covert, man. they'll do a lot of this thing. and then you just see it just hanging out there. and you're like -- you know? >> reporter: with this latest oscar nod, it's even less likely that fans put down their cameras. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> thanks to byron and bradley cooper. on life changing and playing chris kyle. we thank you for watching tonight. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, good evening, good night. tonight, a controversial history of a california pioneer. >> rivers are rising tonight. 50 million gallons down the drain. where is the water going in the middle of a drought?
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