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don't forget, wusa9.com is always on. have a good night. >> couric: tonight, how it all went down, dramatic new details of the arrest of the alleged times square bomber. his race to the airport, and how he almost got away. i'm katie couric. also tonight, it could be the next best thing to a giant cork. a giant funnel-- crews are taking it out to the b.p. oil well to try to get control of that leeking crude. with their church in crise, american catholics struggle to keep the faith and do god's work. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. we're beginning tonight with a exclusive look at the alleged times square bomber in times
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square, the scene of the crime. this photograph obtained by cbs news shows faisel shahzad on the far right of your screen. we believe it was taken some time in the past year or two. now, this is video we shot of that very same location today, and as you can see, as the camera pans to the right, shahzad was just steps away from the spot on west 45th street where he admitted parking an s.u.v. loaded with explosives last saturday night. 53 hours later, shahzad was in custody, charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. our justice correspondent bob orr is following the investigation. bob, you have new information tonight about the arrest. >> reporter: katie, indeed. the suspect continues to cooperate. in fact, he's been talking ever since he was grabbed in a bizarre scene that played out aboard the emirates jetliner. the desperate search for accused times square bomber faisel shahzad shown in this snapshot taken more than a year ago, ended just before midnight
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monday with quiet resignation. shahzad was seated on the plane. the door was closed as the jet prepared for takeoff. suddenly, the door reopened, and a couple people headed down the aisle towards shahzad. sources say without any prompting, shahzad looked up and calmly asked, "what took you so long? i was expected this? are you f.b.i. or n.y.p.d.?" a customs and border protection officer just pointed to his uniform. the manhunt was over. >> we said, "you have to come with us, sir," and he was escorted out of the plane by three officers, by three plem. >> reporter: but the larger investigation is still going full throttle. shahzad continues to maintain that he alone was behind the plot to bomb midtown manhattan. so far, the f.b.i. has found no evidence to disprove that claim. investigators are checking out shahzad's friends, neighbors, and others in connecticut, and they're looking at shahzad associates who are being rounded up in pakistan. but a law enforcement official says to this point, we have not
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identified anybody we can implicate in the new york plot. shahzad claims he was schooled in explosives at a pakistani terror camp, but sources say investigators have not been able to verify that. the crude nature of the device he left in the smoking suv showed little evidence of training, and sources say it's not consistent with the kind of bombs that we usually see from imlawmakeric extremists. >> this individual may have been trant'd trained, but he wasn't trained very well. this was a sloppy, amateurish device that had multiple points of failure. >> reporter: shahzad's motive also remains unclear. he's told interrogators he's upset with u.s. policys which he feels unfairly target muslims and he's angry over predator strikes that have killed terror leaders and civilians in his native pakistan. investigators say a quest for revenge seems to have played some role, but personal financial pressures may also pushed shahzad to act. he became a u.s. citizen just two years ago. he quit his job, lost his house, and was separated from his family.
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while the f.b.i. builds the criminal case, the department of homeland security is tightening a screen loophole that allowed the suspected bomber to get on the plane. shahzad's name was added to the no-fly list on monday, but emrats air was working off an old list and he got through. now airlines are being required to check every two hours for no-fly additions. the government disputes the popular notion that he nearly got away. officials say c.b.p. customs officers had his name. they did their job, and they got their guy. katie. >> couric: meanwhile, bob, why do you think he's being so cooperative? it seems like this guy can't stop talking. >> reporter: it's a little curious. but perhaps we can speculate that he fears pressure. his family is still overseas. he doesn't want them to be harassed. but i have to tell you, in the recent cases we've seen involving terrorists and confessed terrorists, talking seems to be the trend. azazi in new york confessed to
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plotting the subway attacks there that never happened. david headley said i was involved in the mubai attacks. so it seems to be kind of a curious way to do things now, katie. >> couric: all right, bob orr at the justice department tonight, bob, thank you. law enforcement is getting well-justified credit for capturing shahzad so quickly. but national correspondent jim axelrod tells us there were some tense moments when he almost got 53-- away, but officials insist he would not have gotten far. >> reporter: on monday afternoon faisel shahzad, wanted and under surveillance gave law enforcement the slip. >> i can't give you the specifics. i don't know why they lost surveillance on him, but it happens-- we prefer that it doesn't happen. >> reporter: for at least 90 minutes, surveillance teams lost contact with the man accused of trying to set off a car bomb in times square. >> my understanding was that he was lost for several hours, and, obviously, he came very close to getting out of the country. >> reporter: cbs news has
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learned by sunday night, the f.b.i. had not only identified shahzad as a likely suspect but knew of his whereabouts. by 12:30 monday afternoon, he was placed on a no-fly list. also on monday, a surveillance team was watching his apartment and monitoring his e-mails and phone calls. they could have arrested him, but sources tell cbs news they held back, hoping to uncover leads to other possible associates and plots. by late monday afternoon, he drove away from his bridgeport, connecticut apartment in his white isuzu trooper. sources tell cbs news the surveillance team lost him in traffic as he drove south toward kennedy airport. eugene o'donnell is a professor of police science. >> it would only be on television or the movies where you see an investigation where everything fit together perfectly. >> reporter: not only had faisel shahzad eluded a surveillance team. he was carrying a .9 millimeter handgun and extra ammunition. >> but if they had apprehended him at the airport and he pulled
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the gun in the parking lot, we could have had f.b.i. agents losing their lives. >> reporter: or perhaps he could have gone into the terminal shooting. the attorney general was confident the arrest would be made. >> i was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him. >> reporter: but there are fears this story with a successful conclusion could have had a much different ending. ac axe, cbs news, new york. >> couric: now, the latest on that disaster brewing in the gulf of mexico. it's been 15 days since that offshore rig blew up, killing 11 workers, and oil started guff gushing out of an undersear well. more than three million gallons so far. tonight, help is on the way in the form of a giant funnel. national correspondent jeff galore reports it's the best hope for cutting off the flow of oil. >> reporter: today, progress. from 5,000 feet below the surface of the gulf. after engineers used remote-controlled roberts to seal off the smallest of three leaks. that is not expected to decrease the amount of oil spilling, but it could make things easier for
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these massive contain am domz, one of which ppa but on a barge today with plans to lower it to the ocean floor possibly by the weekend. >> i know we are all hoping this containment system will work, but i want to remind everybody this consane am system is the first of its kind deployed in 5,000 feet of water. >> reporter: the four-istic april 100 ton dome, along with a second to follow, will try to capture oil gushing at 210,000 a gallons a day. >> we're fighting it on the surface, and we are going to defend the shoreline. >> reporter: this as ever-present watchs continue for any oil showing up on shore. right now, we're at one spot where the mississippi river meets the gulf of mexico. and this is one area where all that rain we saw earlier in the week in the south that caused so much damage in some areas may help here. eventually all that rain has to
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flow out, potentially keeping the oil at bay. local townships are not counting on that. one parish near new orleans sent out awe jack-up boat for the first time, an odd-looking rig with three huge upward columns that extend downward once at circumstance allowing crews to anchor a command post near the slick where they can monitor rapid response teams. even though officials said today the slick will not move for at least three days. >> if it gets into the backwaters, into the bayous, it will devastate south louisiana for years to come. >> reporter: there is also news tonight about those 38 dead turtles that washed up on shore this past weekend. officials have said that they had nothing to do with the oil. however, it turns out federal authorities are now investigating local shrimpers to see if the turtles died after shrimpers illegally adjusted their nets, hoping to take in a bigger haul of shrimp before the oil slick came in. katie. >> couric: all right, jeff glor, jeff, thanks so much.
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the oil is a threat to more than 600 animal species all along the gulf coast. jeff corwin say wildlife and conservation expert and a special contributor to cbs news. today, he set out by boat in the waters off mississippi to show us how and why they're conducting a marine life census. >> we definitely have a shark up here, a small one. >> just off the coast of pascagoula, mississippi, for now the waters are teeming with 10 species of sharks. >> it looks like a healthy shark to me. do you see any signs of oil? >> no, not at this point. we haven't had any indication that there's oil in this area. >> the kilograms is 2.2. >> reporter: marine biologists are rushing to establish a baseline sample of the shark population documenting their size and overall health before the oil hits. they're especially worried because these waters are a fragile nursery for young sharks. right now, this is a critical time for these sharks, isn't it? >> oh, it is. we don't know what the implications are going to be with the exposure to this oil, but in theory, it could have a
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tremendous impact on the pups that are born this year, and the populations that we have here in the north critical gulf of mexico. >> reporter: and even if the oil doesn't get to the sharks, the sharks may get to the oil. >> these things could probably swim between 10, maybe 15, 20 miles a day. >> reporter: so if this shark is swimming up to 20 miles a day, it means it's going out to where the slick is. >> yes. >> reporter: it could be in healthy waters one day and poison waters the next. >> there's no question. >> reporter: katie, the sharks that live in these waters are very sensitive creatures. they are fish, so they're breathing water through their gills to breathe out the oxygen. if there's oil in that water, these fish can actually suffocate to death. these are also predators and if the prey they're target other, like fish, for example, have been contaminated by the oil, these animals can actually be poisoned. >> couric: what about dolphins, jeff? are they as vulnerable as sharks or even more so? >> reporter: that's a very good observation. yes, they are mammals and like us are breathing air into their
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lungs to survive. we made to keep in mind we have nostrils. they have a blowed hole. if they come up to the surface of that water and there's oil floating on top, they can breathe in that oil into their lungs and they can suffocate as well. like the sharks, they're targeting fish that could be contaminated. the big thing, what we really need to keep in mind, all species here, whether the creatures living along the coastline, like the birds or the animals in the water are vulnerable to this very toxic oil spill. >> couric: jeff corwin, jeff, nice have you on the cbs evening news. thanks very much. >> reporter: thanks, katie rchlts a very different crisis overseas has been rippling through financial markets throughout the world. greece is nearly broke, and today, protests in athens turned violent. tens of thousands took to the streets during a 24-hour nationwide strike. some attacked the police and tried to stormt parliament where lawmakers are considering severe spending cuts and tax hikes. one group set fire to a bank, killing three people. who were trapped inside.
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cbs/"new york times" find 75% of them believes the main goal of the vatican notice is to prevent child sex abuse, not cover it up. nearly that many believe a cover-up had been the main focus. and as elaine quijano reports, despite the sins of the church, catholics are keeping the faith. >> reporter: at the spanish catholic center in washington, d.c., sister dede byrne is make the round as a doctor at this catholic-run clinic. she's on the front lines where 30,000 of the city's poor came for help last year. for byrne, the re-emergence of the sex abuse scandal is detracting from the catholic church's core work. >> quit unroofing the scalp. let it heal, and let's keep reaching out to those who have been victimized and don't ever let it happen again. >> reporter: across town, music teacher sister rachel terri agrees.
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the church's good works are being overshadowed by the scandal. >> i don't think the story should be hidden. i think they should be told. but there is an awful lot of good that the catholic church does that might be overlooked in the time when there's a crisis. >> reporter: but for parents at her school, the crisis brings a mixture of sadness and a call for renewed faith. >> the thought of any child being mistreated in the way that we're discussing is devastating. it's unthinkable. >> i feel they need to stay positive and focused on the positive things that are happening in the catholic world that i am in. >> reporter: those feelings are reflected in a new cbs/"new york times". when u.s. catholics were asked, "has the scandal led you to question remaining in the church?" nearly 90% said no, but almost 60% believe the pope has done a poor job in handling the issue
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of child abuse by priests, suggesting a kind of inner conflict within the church. >> i think it's going to take somebody in central command, mission control -- >> reporter: the vatican. >> the vatican, it's going to take somebody to say, "look, we've had enough experience with this over the last couple of decades. >> reporter: in fact, two in five american catholics say reports of abuse have caused them to doubt the vatican's authority. the pope is trying to confront the crisis more directly by stripping away power from a once-influential catholic order and telling bishops to report clergy sex crimes to police. but in the midst of the ongoing turmoil, most catholics are make a distinction between their faith and church leadership. >> priests come and go. popes come and go. they're there to guide you. but your faith is within you-- within yourself. >> reporter: elaine quijano, cbs news, washington. ñ
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>> couric: look for "newsweek" in the classified section of the "washington post" under the
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heading, "for sale." with circulation dropping, "newsweek" lost $28 million last year, and the "post" is looking to unload it. "newsweek" was founded in 1933. the "post" bought is in '61. it won't say what will happen to the magazine if it cannot find a buyer. in scotland and ireland today, it was the return of the ash cloud. it sounds like a horror movie and it was a horror for air travelers with new volcanish ash from iceland cancelling 300 flidz flight 55. that's nothing compare to the thousands of flights canceled last month over fears the ash could damage airplane engines inspect this country, a homecoming nearly 30 years overdue. raymond fowler walked out of a courthouse in cleveland today a free man. he had been serving a life sentence after being convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in 1981. but this week, new dna tests proved what he has been saying all along-- he didn't do it.
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>> couric: and finally tonight, some people have real vision. they can see a way to change the world. in tonight's "american spirit," seth doane has the story of one man whose vision is helping others see a better life. >> reporter: in the rural village of keharpura, in rajasthan, india, tint for women generally means the chance to clean the house. but at her home, ranju sharma quickly finishes her chores because she has patients to see. "before i was known as the wife of my husband," she says, "but
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now i have my open identity." for almost three years, ranju has treated basic ailments in this village. six months ago she added eye care to her services with the help of a nonprofit called vision spring. vision spring is bringing basic cares to tens of thousands communities around the world. places like this were whereseeing an eye doctor simply may not be an opposition and all thanks to an optometrist thousands of miles away. vision spring was founded in 2001 by new york city eye doctor joordan kassalow. while on medical missions in the developing world, he realized western doctors were not always needed. >> a third of our time and effort and resources are going to taking care of people who the local people should be able to take care of. >> reporter: so kassalow's vision spring provides an often-missing component of rural health care-- eyeglasss. at weekly clinics, vision spring workers provide free eye testing
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and sell new reading classes for about $4. making about $1.50 in profit for ranju. this is what vision spring calls business in a bag. it's basically a couple different grades of reading glasses, the kind of glasses you can buy nay drugstore in the u.s. >> if you can't see, you can't work. >> reporter: gugan ram knows that. his failing eyesight was not good for business. >> we watched you give your first haircut since you've had glassed. how different was that? what was that like? "before i couldn't see what i was doing. people were unhappy with my work he says. "now i'm happy with the final product." >> we can make it a little bit better. >> reporter: it's dr. kassalow's vision at work where just a few dollars buys a pair of eyeglasss boosts an economy, and brightens a woman's future. seth doane, cbs news, rajasthan, india. >> couric: and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. i'm katie couric. thanks for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. good night.
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from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9news now. good evening. tonight in your only local news at 7:00, under arrest. a former soccer coach accused of sexual assault and now police want to know if there are other victims. closing the loophole. a local congressman joins the fight to prevent american children from being abducted by one parent. but first, inhumane ending. state officials are struggling to sort through 40 discarded bodies found stacked inside a maryland funeral home. >> i'm scott broome in river dale park where sorting out whose body is whose may prove to be impossible as investigators try to sort out a shocking discovery made here at the chambers funeral home. chambers funeral home now accused by state officials by mishandling as many as 46 bodies. >> i found individuals in dy

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