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welcome back. some other headlines now. a utility worker is dead after a construction accident in southern california. he was crushed between a crane and a trailer. accident occurred near an area that's seen a construction and redevelopment boom in recent years. and we have a health alert this morning involving prescription pain killers. the fda planning to add a boxed warning to all immediate release painkillers including more than 220 named brand and generic drugs, many of them oxycontin based. it's meant to fight opiate addiction often blamed for the
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growing heroin epidemic. new guidelines for prescribing the drugs were announced a week ago. >> fresh supplies heading to the international space station following a launch i've cargo rocket from cape canaveral in the light of a nearly full moon packed with 8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific research for nasa. it is due at the space station on saturdays the. >> it was a beautiful nighttime launch about 11:00 last night east coast time. very nice. after a historic visit to cuba, president obama moves to the next nation on his itinerary. argentina. >> air force one landed in south america with the first family preparing to spend the day in the capital city of buenos aires. as serena marshall reports, his stop in cuba is still very much the focus. >> reporter: president obama's final day in havana, markds by far away disaster. the look of horror as he learned
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about the brussels attack. hours later addressing the cuban people but only a brief mention of the bombing. >> the thoughts and the prayers of the american people are with the people of belgium. >> reporter: before continuing his cuban push. >> i have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the americas. >> reporter: the president pleating with dissidents and using baseball diplomacy as the two leaders watched, joked and took in the baseball traditions, obama telling espn why he didn't go home immediately as political rivals suggested. on a day marked by tragedy watching the game was so important. >> what they can doing is scare and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives and divide us. and as long as we don't allow that to happen, we're going to be okay. >> reporter: ending his day in cuba with castro seeing him off. continuing on to argentina, landing overnight, he will spend the next two days with newly elected president mauricio ma i
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macri. the trip will also include a first family visit to patagonia possibly taking in one of their famous glaciers. unlike his visit in havana, in argentina he can expect a more controversial welcome. more than 10,000 people expected to come out and protest. his visit coming on the 40th anniversary of the military coup known as the dirty war. serena marshall, abc news, havana. >> president obama at that baseball game was talking about one of his proudest moments in office was when boston united following the attacks there. he pointed specifically to red sox david ortiz for saying they won't be intimidated. >> he's getting a lot of heat for going to the game. i distinctly remember in the days following 9/11 president bush was saying go on with your lives, go to disney world. spend money. do not let them disrupt our lives at all. >> broadway opening up shortly after the attacks to send a message to say they will not
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have this one over people. >> there was a moment of silence at the game and there will be on capitol hill today. a lot of people remembering what is going on in belgium. coming up, terrorists and technology. >> the battle to track suspects electronically is getting even more difficult. that's next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world
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welcome back. as investigators dig deep into how the brussels terror attacks were coordinated a new turn in the latest deadly case at home. >> apple is refusing to help the government as it tries to unlock a terrorist iphone as you know.
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only now the government says they might not need the help after all. here's abc's neal karlinksky. >> the hunt is on to dissect every moment of these three possible terror suspects' lives a search that will run straight through their cell phones as law enforcement struggles to uncover their digital footprints. investigators faced the same challenge last year in paris uncovering a huge stash of disposable cell phones can activated one day before the attacks. investigators continue to struggle to unravel the iphone used by said farouk. the justice department says it may not need apple at all. and telling a judge an outside party demonstrated to the fbi this past weekend a possible method for unlocking the phone. apple has fought the government's attempts to force it to weaken iphone security so investigators can break in.
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>> we have a responsibility to help you protect your data and protect your privacy. >> but it's not just apple. there are a number of encrypted third party messaging apps known to be used by terrorist and law enforcement worldwide is struggling to keep pace. neal karlinksky, abc news, cupertino, california. big mystery who was that third party. >> that is the big mystery. >> apple so far sound a little skeptical of lou the third party will break into it. there was a conference call on monday. they were saying the company wants more information about the method used to break that iphone. i don't think they quite believe it is possible. >> my iphone did break over the weekend. cracked in the middle. >> not somebody hacking into it. >> no, but cracking is devastating enough. >> okay. all right. >> got to get that fixed today. >> there is that first world problem we'll call it. >> coming up, the world rallying around brussells. >> look at these i cans all over
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spray 'n wash. back 'n better. eiffel tower lit up in the belgian flag colors. even 1 world trade center new york. as the smoke clears in brussels more questions than answers remain. >> we take stock of the incredible displays of strength seen throughout the day. here's abc's juju chang. >> iconic landmarks around the world from the eiffel tower to 1 world trade center. a light in black, yellow and red. s a wash in the colors of afation bruised but not broken. those grieving in brussels coming together in the streets with messages of unity written chalk. a temporary tribute 0 lives gone
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forever. and in cuba, president barack obama calling for global solidarity. >> this is yet another reminder that the world must unite. we must be together. regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. >> reporter: in our nation's capital, the american flag lowered to half-staff. >> all sing it with me, all right? ♪ with the rain blowing in your face ♪ >> in london adele offering this moving tribute to the victims performing "make you feel my love" in their honor. and in france, a cartoonist for lemomnd with a simple message. paris and brussels bound together in a somber similarity. pray for belgium shared all over the world in support.
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millions heard the voices of those who lived through the harrowing hours. >> i can still feel the first blast. >> recounting the horrific moments when survival was uncertain. >> it was the worst nightmare you could imagine. >> reporter: but perhaps more importantly, the true nature of human at this time that can shine bright even in the darkest times. >> it was really the sense of humanity that emerged in the sense of chaos to me shows that these types of things don't defeat the human spirit. >> so true. after the terror so often, you see incredible heart-warming stories thinking about the airport worker who reportedly pulled seven people to safety. how across the world leaders have come together to show their solidarity. >> it was just about 24 hours ago that terror rained down on brussels, belgium. that's the news for this half hour. (sounds of birds whistling)
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this morning on "world news now," the search in brussels for an isis bomber. >> from the manhunt to the human toll to the travellers who feel vulnerable worldwide. live coverage coming up. terror investigation. who were the men responsible for the brussels bombs? new details about their isis network. and which targets could be next. paying tribute showing strength in brussels with heartfelt memorials to the victims. the city in grief trying to heal. and our other major story, long lines at polling places in three states. the candidates talk terrorism while donald trump and hillary clinton have an eye on the delegate counts. it's wednesday, march 23rd. from abc news, this is "world news now." . >> good morning, everybody. on this wednesday, i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan.
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>> the world is really grieving all that took place just about 24 hours ago. want to show you a live picture right now of the empire state building. you'll note it is noticeably dark. they turned the lights off overnight in memory of the victims in belgium. >> and the president has announced that the white house, federal buildings, even military posts will all fly the flag at half-staff until saturday night to honor the victims. >> so many people remembering the victims over there. we want to get to the latest coming out right now because the day after the terror attacks, the city is on edge as authors hunt for those responsible for the chaos. the death toll from the attacks now up to at least 31. at least 250 people injured. >> brussels airport remains closed. the city's transit system has limited service today. molly hunter is in the belgian capital this morning. >> reporter: on going raids continue across the european country. the manhunt for this man who
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authorities have identified as a suspect in the airport attacks. investigators say it all started around 8:00 a.m. tuesday morning. two bombs exploding. the terminal filled with smoke, chaos, people frantically running for safety. >> big bang. everybody cried and came along here. we saw kind of moek smoke. >> reporter: the force so great, ceilings collapsed, people lying on top of one another and the horror continues. 9:11 a.m. an hour after the explosions seven miles away another bomb goes off near the offices of the european union. the target a packed metro car. children screaming in fear. >> this is the first time i saw such a thing in my life. >> reporter: the aftermath leading to hundreds of injuries, among those nine americans including mormon missionaries richard are nor by, joseph empey and mason wells all seriously hurt. a city in mourning and messages
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of hope and condolences. belgium remains at the highest security threat level tonight. isis claiming those attacks just hours later. now the state department warning americans against travel to europe saying terrorists are planning attacks right now. molly hunter, abc news, brussells. >> our thanks to molly hunter there in brussels. a lot of people, so many images coming out of brussels over the last 24 hours. many people remembering the victims. the manhunt is on for that man on the right. >> people wondering what it means for airport security across the country, across the nation and across the world especially as the spring break season is beginning. so many people worrying about families traveling. the faa looking into what action they may be taking. >> you saw that image i showed you a few seconds ago. authorities are looking for that man seen walking with the two bombers at the airport.
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>> there have been more raids across belgium and an explosive device found in brussels apartments along with an isis flag. more on the investigation from abc's brian ross. >> they look grim and determined as they push carts through the airport. now identified by the authorities as the suspects attack team. two dressed in black with no effort to hide their faces are believed to have been the suicide bombers. their bombs hidden in their large suitcases according to officials. each wearing a black glove on the left hand. perhaps to hide the bomb's trigger according to one former fbi official. >> whether it's wires, strings a button, something is in there that when they move their hand, it actually makes the bomb go off. >> reporter: the third man who authorities say got away and is being sought tonight has a hat pulled down over his face, pushing what may have been the third bomb that authorities say did not detonate. >> the other individual could be their handler. he wants to be able to live for another day, for another
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terrorist attack. >> reporter: bomb experts are studying the aftermath of the devices set off at the airport, but already they say the third bomb at the metro stop in brussels appears to have been much more powerful than the explosives used in paris last november. this x-ray of one of the victims shows how ot bombers used three-inch metal bolts tearing through flesh at the rate of about a mile a second. >> isis is very good at this sort of thing, they know how to plan and they have resources. >> for the last year at least, isis has been organizing foreign fighters by language and nationality and sending them to attack their home countries. among the targets, belgium and france of course, but also britain, germany, and the u.s. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and here in the u.s. especially, millions of commuters will notice increased security this morning as they travel the roads and rails. in new york city, thousands of additional officers are at the ready. in the subway, they'll be
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searching bags and patrolling with canine units. travelers at grand central terminal say they're going to be extra vigilant. there is no credible threat to the u.s. at this moment. >> global air travel is expected to be impacted as security measures are tightened. in orlando, au jet from brussels was isolated when it landed in the anxiety after the attacks. airline terminals are still considered soft targets. >> we have clearly entered a period of new normal where we have to be concerned about a much broader range of attacks. >> all flights to and from belgium have been cancel as the airport remains closes. the terror in brussels came as president obama was ending his trip to cuba. in a nationally televised speech, he made a brief reference to brussels saying the u.s. stands with the people there and will do whatever it can to bring those responsible to justice. then he kept his original schedule, attending a baseball
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game. threw talked about his reason for going to the game. >> what they can doinging is scare and make people afraid and disrupt our daily lives. and as long as we don't allow that to happen, we're going to be okay. >> also in havana, cuban protesters interrupting espn reporter bob lee during a live shot. they shouted on air and threw leaflets in the air. police took them into custody. >> this morning we're also tracking election returns from several states many coming in right now. many enduring long lines. >> we want to take a look at some of the late results. republicans in arizona giving a landslide win to donald trump who gets all the state's 58 delegates. >> and democrats in arizona giving the win to hillary clinton who also adds to her delegate lead over busy. >> the attacks in belgium were on candidates' minds each claiming to be the most
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qualified to deal with terrorism. >> it certainly was a topic of conversation for voters in the three states who cast primary or caucus ballots. brandi hitt joining us now from phoenix. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis, reena. the terror attack was also on minds of many voters out here at these polling places overnight. it's front and center out on the campaign trail, as well. with the candidates now arguing over who can be better protect america. the race for the white house is now dominated by talk of terrorism. following the bombings in brussels. >> we've got to defeat them online. you know, that is where they radicalize. >> reporter: hillary clinton calling for quick action. gop front-runner donald trump going much further than that telling abc news, he would water board surviving paris attacker salah abdeslam to get more
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information. >> i would use maximum interrogation technique. i would have waterboarding and a step further. >> ted cruz is pushing for more surveillance here in the u.s. >> it is good law enforcement to focus on where threats are emanating from and anywhere where there is a locus of radicalization. >> both bns and republican governor john kasich say that sends the wrong message. >> in our country, we don't want it on the create divisions where we say you're a muslim. therefore, we're going to keep an eye on you. >> we are fighting a terrorist organization. we are not fighting a religion. >> reporter: and you are likely going to be hear a lot more terror talk in the coming days. weise -- hillary clinton is going to be giving a counter-terrorism speech later on today at stanford university. you're likely going to be hearing it from the other candidates, as well on the campaign trail. >> certainly going to be a big issue on the campaign trail.
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we also know there was serious trouble in arizona when it came to voting. long lines especially. will there be an investigation into this? >> reporter: there's a investigation now underway. the democratic party is looking into this especially maricopa county because some people were waiting in line for two to three hours in the sun and there were fewer polling places open odd up with more voter turnout this time around. it's a hot button election for a lot of people here. what's interesting, when the polling places close, there were still hundreds of people in line. when you're in line you still get to go and vote. by the time they got up there to cast their ballots the projections were coming in before they could go vote. that was disconcerting to a lot of people here. >> quite a mess in some parts of arizona. brandi hitt joining us live from feech. thank you. coming up, the attacks any brussels and we're going to show you messages of hope from newspapers worldwide. >> also ahead, inside the minds
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>> welcome back. we're continuing our coverage of the terror attacks in brussels. the death toll now up to at least 31 with at least 250 people injured. the manhunt for one of the suspects is under way. and there are a lot of answers authorities are searching for. and joining us this morning, for some insight on this is former fbi special agent in charge of counter terrorism steven gomez joining us. good morning. >> how you doing? >> as you look and see all that's played out, what went wrong here? >> well, you had some indicators that law enforcement should have taken a look at in belgium. on flied, salah abdeslam was captured. he was a critical part of the plot in paris that occurred in november. and there was some chatter that was occurring about concerns in the community there in brussels where he was captured. and at that point, law enforcement should have taken
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the posture of banging the bushes as we call it, doing some additional surveillance, interviews, knocking on doors of people who were potential co-conspirators of his and letting them know they were watching him. >> there was a lot of time there. apparently as you're saying, somebody might have dropped the ball in not getting to this guy sooner. what can you tell us about this type of investigation 24 hours after the aftermath of the attacks. >> what they're doing is looking at all the social media, communication devices or communications that could have occurred involving the two suspects that were killed. and, of course, they're going to try to find the one guy that's till on the run. that's of highest priority trying to locate him. they're going to be doing a lot of forensic review of the evidence. they've got the one bomb that
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did not explode. they'll look at that very, very hard and fast trying to figure out the fingerprint of the bombmaker of that bomb. that's a key piece of evidence. >> absolutely. >> that's going to hopefully lead them to other people, lead them to the bombmaker which is critical. >> as we go forward, i mean, you covered counter-terrorism for some two decades or so. i'm assuming you still have a lot of connections with people in that field. are they hearing anything about possible future attacks? east ser coming, passover is coming, as well. >> right. absolutely. they're preparing for that. lease no intelligence that's indicating that there's going to be a follow-on attack say here in the u.s. but they're concerned about any type of potential attack just because of the fact that these types of attacks especially if you look at san bernardino, they happen out of nowhere. they're not on the radar. and they then have an individual or two or three that then commit
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the attack with no warning. so that's the problem. they have to be prepared for that. >> absolutely. and critical days ahead. former fbi special agent steve gomez joining us this morning. steve, thank you. >> thanks a lot. we always wonder how it will affect us back here home. a congressional report last year found about 250 americans have left to go abroad to engage in the fighting. it's just not clear exactly. you can't really track these people. the uncertainty of how you this could affect our subway systems and airports still remains. >> it is troubling. i was mentioning to steve during the interview, you have big holidays that are coming up, easter pore christians and for the jews passover coming up. even at this hour, there are many that are worried about what might be ahead. >> yeah. very true. coming up, the world shows its support. the touching trib bus across the
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1 world trade center there proudly displaying the red, white and blue overnight. even though governor cuomo directed the building to display black, red and yellow as a show of solidarity with the people of belgium. >> regardless of the actual colors it's one of the many displays from around the u.s. and across the globe as the world stands united against terror. abc's david wright has more. >> reporter: at the eiffel tower in paris, at the brandenburg gate in berlin and the trevi fountain in rome, black, yellow and red. solidarity from cities that have been there, saying, sadly,
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welcome to the club. a club that already has too many members. in this cartoon, the battered little man holding the sign asks all the others, can you make a little place for me? they did at vigils and memorials worldwide. >> terror is not the only result of violence such as this. there's togetherness, too. strangers united. comforting each other. deploring an act of hate. david wright, abc news, washington. we should point out the world trade center started out the night with red, white, and blue. once they got the memo from the governor's office, they did switch it over to the colors of the belgian flag. >> and reaction from all over. mean the pope speaking out offering prayers and condemning what he called blind violence. >> all right. we're going to continue to follow this story and coming up in fact, the morning papers and reactions to brussels. >> and headlines are from around
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♪ we're back now with continuing coverage of the attacks in brussels. we want to take a look now at the headlines being printed from around the world. we'll start with some of the belgian papers right now. the headline in this one saying hold on. goes from hope to sadness here. this one our darkest day. and then another one here also from belgium. never safe. >> never safe. you should note the interesting thing about all of them are all printed in the three different languages that belgium is nad up of. flem mish, german and french. they're all carrying a similar
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team, as well. this particular headline is coming from greensland, australia. really this captured newspapers all around the world this morning. dagger to europe's heart as you can see. and another one from spain. yaush terror. the entire world is feeling the impact of this. many of the american newspapers, as well printing outs some of these headlines. >> also social media. facebook pages, they reactivated the safe page where you can click and notify you're safe and an image a cartoon that tweeted around from the french paper le mond. you see the dates of the paris attack and the brussels attack. >> 13th of november and 22nd of march. some celebrities i've noticed on my feed have been sending out that image, as well. another newspaper here this one coming from poe land. saying translation here, we are all brussels and in fact, an lot of people are saying that, as well this morning. and you were mentioning there was something striking an image we got of some refugees, as
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well. >> yeah, a pretty striking image. i hope we have that one. this also is showing a young boy with his shirt on and you can tale see him talking about the attacks saying that. >> giving support i guess. >> in support. you kind of don't realize how significantly impacted these refugees will be. there was a united nations turkey deal to have the refugees go back from europe to turkey. and a lot of human rights activists are saying that's not enough. seriously, fear now in europe over these attacks and how isis militants could be mingling in with the population of immigrants. >> this could really change things in brussels which has a porous border and allowed a lot of people into that country and a lot of people are probably locking down and saying enough. we want to mention the wireless carriers are offering free calls and texts to brussels. >> absolutely. >> in support obviously of the victims and h
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this morning on "world news now," the search for a terrorist. the man linked to isis who got away after the deadly attacks in brussels. the moments of fear, dozens dead and the tactics for police today. >> americans hospitalized, three mormon missionaries badly injured by the blast. why one of those victims says this was the terror attack number three. >> and new this half hour, in their own words. >> the survivors in shock remembering a terrifying ordeal they may never forget. what they saw and what they heard. and our other major story this morning, voters in three big western states cast ballots in primaries and caucuses. the one big state where donald trump and hillary clinton are claiming victory on this wednesday, march 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan. a major manhunt is under way right now across europe to find those suspected of being involved in the brussels terror attack. >> since the bomb blast, take a look at this image, people in the belgian capital have been writing messages in a square outside the brussels stock exchange, a city very much on high alert. >> we're going to begin with alex marquardt in brussels. >> reporter: terror striking in the heart of europe. belgium's main airport, a smokey war zone, the scity paralyzed. the attackers hit at the height of rush hour. those three men police believe walking into the busy airport. around 8:00 a.m., two blasts, suicide bombers in the departure hall outside the security check point. the terminal filled with smoke and the sound of screams. travelers lying on top of each other on the floor.
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this man holding a little girl. >> stay down. stay down. >> reporter: people huddled in fear, and then the questions. >> what it was? a truck or bus or terrorist. >> reporter: this man picked his small baby up off the floor before running to safety. the bomb so powerful that ceilings collapsed. the wounded treated amid the rubble. airport security scanning for victims. ordering people to evacuate, they rush out of the terminal. glass crunching under foot. outside smoke pouring out of shattered windows as people raced away. >> we saw a lot of people really badly injured with a lot of blood and we know that it was even worse inside but we could not see anything because of the smoke. >> reporter: at least ten dead here, more than 100 injured, including nine americans. mormon missionaries and an american air force lieutenant colonel traveling back home with his family. but the horror was still unfolding.
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9:11 a.m., just an hour after the airport explosions, seven miles away another bomb goes off near the offices of the european union, this time in a packed metro car as it was leaving the station. in the dark tunnel, passengers climbed out of train cars, the terrified screams of a child. the path to safety down the dimly lit tracks. this man still clutching a bouquet of flowers. in other metro cars, people waited, confused. >> more panic set in. some people started running. some people started crying. some people stood still in disbelief and tried to make sense of whatever was going on. >> reporter: the car where the bomb went off, a twisted mass of metal. outside, more smoke, as the sidewalk becomes a makeshift triage center. first responders carrying some of the victims. others sitting dazed as ambulances rush to the scene. at least 21 people dead, more
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than 100 wounded here, too. and at 4:19 p.m., eight hours after the terror began, isis claimed responsibility. brussels, a city gripped by fear and uncertainty. this is normally one of the busiest avenues in brussels. just outside the european commission, you can see those flags back there now flying at half-staff. this road should be full of cars. now at rush hour instead as you can see, it's eerily empty, shut down by police. the threat level here raised to the highest level. police now looking for this man, the third suspected bomber. police choppers in the air, residents told to stay inside, watching from windows as officers patrol rooftops. alex marquardt, abc news, brussels. >> and 24 hours after the attack, nerves are rattled and the city of brussels is confronted with all this grief. >> we're going to continue live coverage right now. abc's molly hunter live for us from brussels this morning. there's a growing memorial
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behind you, molly. >> reporter: good morning. there is. spontaneous flowers and candles, it's been growing all night as we wind toward the 24 hour mark since those deadly attacks. people will start coming. it is raining you can see. as the sun comes up, i imagine we'll see many more people coming to places like this to pay their respects. >> molly, talk to us a little bit about, you have been in and out of brussels. you've covered the refugees. tell us more about the situation right now, the mood in the capital. are people afraid to take public transportation? i know the airports are shut down. but what's your sense? >> reporter: we arrived late last night. the city is absolutely shut down. police have blocked off all the major streets. you really can't move very easily. we'll have to see if schools are planning to open up, public transportation will start kind of running again. but reena, that's exactly it. it's very, very attached and very connected to that refugee issue.
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belgian authorities say somewhere around 600 to 700 jihadis either in or out of syria or connected to an infrastructure here are active. whether those are people that have come recently along with those refugees we're not sure. but one thing is for sure, with abdel salem, the mastermind of the paris attacks hiding right here under the belgium jan authorities' noses, authorities have some serious catching up to do and some serious explaining to do because they clearly don't have the manpower. >> certainly don't. you make a great point about the refugees, something a lot of people don't realize how ached they will be. >> thank you. three mormon missionaries from utah are among the nine americans who were hurt in the airport blasts. and they're all recovering from their wounds in the hospital. >> the parents of one young man said he had been treated for second degree burns and shrapnel injuries. abc's clayton sandell has more. >> reporter: those three mormon missionaries seriously hurt in the blast, richard norby, joseph
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empey and mason wells are fro tut off to see a fellow missionary also injured. fanny clain. joseph empey was able to call his parents from his hospital bed. >> you're okay? >> yeah, my right hand is also kind of badly burned. >> he was extremely close to the blast. words can't describe the joy and the relief that we felt to hear his voice. empey is 20. his injuries include second and third degree burns. norbi is 66 and attends this church in lehigh, utah. this is the third terror attack for mason wells. he was only a block away from the boston marathon bombing. wells was also in france last november when terrorists attacked paris. >> i just have to think that he was prepared in some way to go through this. >> reporter: the u.s. state department says they do not believe that any americans were killed in the attack but they
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are still trying to account for all u.s. citizens and government employees. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. the final rounds of march madness in are in less than two weeks. security in houston now going to be even tighter than planned. bomb-sniffing dogs will check out nrg stadium before the final four but the more than 100,000 fans are unlikely to notice other measures. officials say the city is experienced at hosting big events. >> we have to always be mindful that there is some entity or element out there that may try to do something to hurt a houstonian or someone in this country. >> houston police will be getting assistance from several federal agencies and the texas rangers. the super bowl will also be held at nrg stadium next winter. >> a senior official tells abc news that authorities in belgium have shared the names of the suspects brussels attackers with the u.s. there's no word on whether those names raised any red flags in american databases.
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but as abc's pierre thomas explains, law enforcement here in the u.s. is on high alert. >> reporter: right now the fbi continues surveillance on dozens of isis sympathizers thought most likely to act on short notice without command and control from the group. most targeting isis supporters radicalized online through social media. 24 hour surveillance often requiring dozens of agents. those receiving most scrutiny 24-hour surveillance often requiring dozens of agents. >> they may go and knock their door and shake the bushes to make sure they know they are being watched. >> reporter: and while officials in the u.s. don't believe there are sophisticated terror cells like those in europe, over the past two alone, at least 103 americans have been charged with trying to join isis or suspected of supporting the group in some way. of those identified, 82 are men, 16 women. half, 52 suspects ages 18 to 25. ten teenagers. just recently in san bernardino that, can ier couple allegedly swore allegiance to isis before
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gunning down 14 people. authorities' worst fear, they were hiding in plain sight. as one of the killer's coworkers told our david muir. >> if somebody had asked you before yesterday if he was a friend. >> i believe so. >> reporter: so u.s. law enforcement officials are pouring over the recent intelligence looking for any sign of a threat at home. in some cases some of the suspects on the fbi's radar may have agents knocking on their doors to warn them they're being watched. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> our coverage from brussels continues later this half hour with the survivors telling us what happened in their own words. look for live coverage from belgium all morning long. the other big story we're following this morning is long lines at polling places all across the west. they're calling it super tuesday for the west. we just learned that bernie sanders has won the utah democratic caucuses. >> we also have returns from arizona. republicans in arizona giving a landslide win to donald trump who gets all of the state's 58 delegates. >> and democrats in arizona
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giving the win to hillary clinton who also adds to her delegate lead over bernie sanders. we're going to return to our top story and as you mentioned, we're going to have the terror survivors describing their ordeal in their own words. >> and also ahead, airline travelers from europe to orlando feeling vulnerable after the brussels bombings. the latest questions about airline security here and abroad. and later in "the skinny," a major career move for sarah palin. and it's away from politics. that's after today's forecast maps. severe storms in texas and heavy snow in the midwest. you're watching "world news now." the worst thing about toilet germs?
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returning now to our top story. these are some of the images we're getting out of brussels and belgium over the last 24 hours. air travelers around the world could face delays today as securities is tightened following the attacks. >> but the presecurity areas of many airports remain a soft target. abc's david kerley reports. >> reporter: part of a terminal at denver evacuated. a security scare. in orlando, the jet from brussels isolated when it landed all this the anxiety after the terrorist attacks. on motorcycles, armed patrol and four-legged bomb sniffers airports all across the u.s. responded to the brussels attacks with more police. but the bombings in a terminal just like these are leaving some travelers worried. >> we had a little bit of trepidation about traveling today. >> it's scary. it's very scary. >> reporter: with the airports shut down, the air space over
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brussels cleared as jets diverted and flights were cancelled. >> this is a completely unsecured area. always has been, right? >> completely unsecured. >> reporter: before the security checkpoints here in the u.s., terminals are considered soft targets with only some police presence. >> reporter: so is this a risk we have to live with? >> we have clearly entered a period of new normal where we have to be concerned about a much broader range of attacks. >> reporter: homeland security announced its security will be increased at tsa, but tsa is not responsible for the actual overall security at airports, only the checkpoints. interestingly, the head of tsa was in brussels landing around the time of the bomb blast and he was taken to a secure area. david kerley, abc news. reagan washington airport. >> i wonder if one of the most secured airports in the world ben gurion in tel aviv have a check well before you get to the airport where you've got to stop your car. sometimes they pull au side. if you're a single female in a cab, you're usually one of the first people they pull aside.
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tourists obviously they want to ask you lots of questions. when you get into the airports, a separate screening. i can't help but wonder if you're going to see that at airports across america well before you get to the airport. >> it gives you a sense of how secure that airport in tel aviv. you can carry liquids above three ounces through to a plane. they have a different measure and lines of security to make sure that things are safe there. it's going to be interesting to see how it changes the dynamic here as u.s. airports. the state department issuing a warning for many citizens who might be traveling not just in one country but all 28 that make up the eu. >> i cannot help but wonder, muhammad khweis, the man who was the american captured in iraq who was a former isis fighter, what exactly he might be telling intelligence sources at this moment about his time with isis. >> coming up, we'll switch gears. hulk hogan speaking on camera exclusively to abc news. >> and sarah palin returning to reality tv. that's next on "world news now." >> like i said, we're switching
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>> the second i heard it, i mean i felt it. i can still feel it in my chest now, the first blast and debris and smoke. >> it was a nightmare. the worst nightmare you could imagine. >> we saw a lot of people really badly injured with a lot of blood and we know that it was even worse inside but we could not see anything because of the smoke. [ siren ] >> lights went out. the power went out on the train. everyone fell to the ground. it was clear to me at least that this was a terrorist attack. >> you just feel like a wave. explosion, you know, a wave goes through your body. >> we saw smashed windows and we didn't get any information. >> hundreds of people started running. i ran with them. there was no clue as to what was going on. >> everyone started screaming and people dropped to the floor. people were crying.
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collectively we all manually forced open the door. and at that moment, i looked at, you know, the platform and thought probably it makes sense to get off. we just decided to go for it and get off the train and try and find safety. >> you there was really the sense of humanity that emerges in the sense of chaos to me shows these types of things don't defeat the human spirit. >> i think it's that image of the train they say that the explosives were far more greater than that was used in the paris attacks. so troubling that image to see it completely obliterated. >> you can understand why so many people were killed there. the signs in brussels, "i am brussels." don't miss our updates on facebook @wnnfans.com. >> more news from abc coming up. updates on facebook @wnnfans.com. >> more news from abc coming up. :
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making news in america this morning, terror in brussels. a massive search under way right now. the mystery man in the hat and white coat moments before the airport explosion, the clues already surfacing from this photo. why one glove on both of these men? plus, caught in the chaos. >> there was a massive explosion. it was really like a whoosh. >> the american helping people from the mangled train. >> he was extremely close to the blast. >> and the man from utah who has now witnessed his third terror attack, boston, paris and brussels. >> we have live team coverage on the survival stories, the investigation and the security here at home.

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