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tonight on "world news," secret mission, president obama on a surprise trip to afghanistan one year after the death of osama bin laden. signing an agreement, paving the way to bring american troops home. game change. facebook launching a big new idea so all of us can save lives with just one click. crash test. stunning new video of a passenger jet designed to crash in the desert. what have we learned about passenger survival? and joy ride. ever been suspicious what happens when you leave your keys with a parking attendant? this one takes a wild ride and is caught on tape. good evening. as we come on the air, president
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obama just spoke to the nation from the heart of afghanistan. said the attacks on 9/11 were launched. and on this day the anniversary of the death of osama bin laden. it is the first time an american president has addressed the nation from a battlefield. tonight he announced an agreement, heralded a future without war, and desriclared it time for our troops to come home. we go to jake tapper who has all the detail. >> reporter: president obama told top aides that he wanted to spend the anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden with troops, but we didn't know that meant troops in afghanistan until after he had landed safely at bagram airfield. from there he addressed the nation earlier tonight. the president stepped down from air force one in darkness of night. not coincidentally on the anniversary of the killing of
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osama bin laden. he spoke to the nation, the first president ever to do so from a war zone. >> the time of war began in afghanistan and this is where it will end. >> reporter: taking credit for a strategy in afghanistan he said is succeeding. >> one year ago, our troops launch the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set, to defeat al qaeda, and to have a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> reporter: the president had almost two contradictory messages, to americans that u.s. troops are coming home by the end of 2014. >> we've traveled more than a decade under the dark cloud of war, yet here in the pre-dawn darkness, we can see the light on the horizon. >> reporter: that we'll remain their partner long after that. >> the agreement we signed today sends a clear message to the afghan people, as you stand up,
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you will not stand alone. it establishes the basis of our cooperation, including shared commitment to combat terrorism and support democratic institutions. to develop dignity for the people. >> reporter: those efforts include an offer to the taliban. >> we've made it clear they can be a part of this future, if they break with al qaeda, renounce violence and abide by afghan laws. many members of the taliban, from food soldiers to leaders have indicated an interest in reckonciliatio reconciliation. the path is set. those who refuse to walk it, will face strong afghan security forces backed bite united states and our allies. >> reporter: earlier president obama and hamid karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement outlining ways the u.s. will remain involved. afterwards the president spoke to u.s. troops.
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>> there will be heart-break and pain and difficulty ahead. but there's a light on the horizon. because of the sacrifices you've made. >> reporter: this successful mission to take out osama bin laden has emerged as a major obama campaign talking point in recent days, even polls indicate most americans are far more concerned about the state of the economy than they are about national security. >> jake tapper, with the latest on the president tonight. thank you, jake. and there was another surprise today, a welcome one from american manufacturing, strong numbers breathing new life into wall street and your 401(k). stocks soaring for a high and david was there. >> we were all watching today. at one point the dow was at his highest level since 2007. driven by new promise in american factories. the workers on the assemble line
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are not only kicking the pace up there, but in all of our 401(k)s too. >> wall street had a four-year high during trading today. why? showing from inside american factories. new numbers revealing the pace of manufacturing here in the u.s. rising to its highest level in nearly a year. when factories show strength again, economists and wall street see hope for something else. >> so this is better than anyone thought? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: economists say the stronger numbers deliver job security, with workers on the line and the hope that more will be add. the new jobs we saw in charlotte, north carolina. we're back from the siemens factory. they're choosing america to manufacture their turbines. saudi arabia, venezuela, two of their new hires, able to support their family again. >> it's been a challenge. >> reporter: a challenge he and so many other workers here were desperate for. 7 50 new hires in the last year,
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ready to hire 825 more. >> reporter: electrolux, 500 new hires in the last year. planning to hire 200 more. it's that factory strength fueling the market. so many americans 401(k)'s, retirements that had taken a beating. the average 401(k) at the lowest point of the market, $109,000. tonight it's worth $225,000, more than double. on wall street today, they knew what so many americans must be feeling. >> a sigh of relief. >> let's make sure it keeps going. the siemens vice president told me something encouraging, not only does he plan to hire. but he said what we've been reporting for several months, the formula to go overseas for cheaper and better, no longer
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adds up. >> you've been telling us with the resurgence of the american worker competing internationally. thank you, david. now, some familiar economic protesters, the occupy wall street movement were back in the streets around the world once more, returning to dozens of u.s. cities after a kind of hibernation. today in new york and california, police clashed with protesters yet again. it turns out one of those occupy gatherings in the police led them to find a new kind of terror group. not al qaeda, something different. today, the fbi said a sting operation thwarted one of their plots. so who are they? pierre thomas has the story. >> reporter: the target of a potentially deadly plot, the route 82 bridge south of cleveland, more than 13,000 people cross it every day.
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just before 10:45 last night, the fbi says these men placed what they thought were plastic explosives at the foot of two of the bridge's pillars. >> the defendants armed explosives, left to a remote site and they then, sitting there, entered the codes that they thought would blow up a bridge with innocent people traveling over it. >> reporter: but it was all a sting. the explosives were fake, provided by undercover fbi agents. the men had been targeted after an informant tame to the fbi claiming he heard them advocating violence at a peaceful rally in october. the fbi called the men self-proclaimed anarchists. this case also demonstrates that the threat we face is a diverse one, that terrorism can come in many hues, and from many homelands. >> reporter: the fbi recorded one of the suspects, brandon
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baxter, allegedly talking about his hatred of corporate america. he's insisting taking out a bridge in the corporate district would cost the big wigs a lot of money. they also discussed blowing up other targets, including the nato summit in chicago and the republican national convention in tampa, florida. if convicted of the bridge plot, the men could face up to 25 years in prison. and there was a bruising personal criticism today of 81-year-old rupert murdoch, one of the most powerful business titans in the world. british lawmakers declared in a scathing report, that he's quote, not a fit person to run a major global organization. the report says he showed, quote, willful blindness to the misconduct throughout his empire, including bribing public officials and hacking private phone conversations. murdoch told his shareholders,
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he is working hard to put things right. and a big announcement today from facebook where hundreds of millions of people have the power to change the world. everyday mothers, fathers, children, wait on the organ transplant list, desperate, hoping for a donation to save them. facebook founder mark zuckerberg and cheryl sand berg are taking action tonight hoping to form a link between that need and life-saving donors. for sandberg, who is also on the board of our parent company disney, this is a long-time dream. >> i think our dream is to save 114,000 people on the organ donation wait list. it's not a medical crisis. it's a social crisis. >> a solvable problem? >> with existing technology, yes. these patients don't have to die if enough people donate. so we're trying to make it a social answer to the problem.
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>> you go to time line, health and wellness. >> and then organ donor. >> and then? >> if you're not already registered with your state, there's a link that links you to the state to register. >> if we begin to do this, with that facebook ripple effect, one expert estimates, the waiting list for transplant organs could disappear in three to four years. the spark for this was lit years ago when a graduate student named cheryl sandberg wrote a thesis about problems that could be solved with imagination harnessing compassion. >> mark and i had been talking about organ donations and things we could do. >> then she opened a newsletter for a harvard reuniand see a note about his life, written by a transplant surgeon, who talked about the desperate need to save lives.
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>> i found him at the reuniand said, i think we can do something about this if you want to work with us. >> i think there's the possibility to have a real game-changer. that would be a spectacular moment in medical history and in the history of public health. i think if we all get together and do it, it's going to happen. >> i grew up in a family of doctors. i'm the only non-doctor in my family. >> the black sheep? >> i am the black sheep of my family because i'm not a doctor. >> serious problem. >> my father, brother, and sisters fiti s physicians and t concept to save lives and something i was brought up with. >> speaking of facebook power, in a few weeks, zuckerberg and sandberg are at the center of the most anticipated event on wall street, facebook going public amid an estimated worth of a hundred billion dollars. it's something sandberg says
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legally she didn't discuss. a hundred billion dollars. that's a lot of money. is it worth that much? >> we're in a quiet period and i just can't talk about anything related to the company. >> did you ever dream that someday it would be bigger than exxon? five years from now? ten years from now? >> i think the dream has also been very individual. the dream is that people use facebook to make their lives better. >> which brings us back to the day's announcement about forming a community of people who give the greatest gift. >> when you see someone on facebook, you don't see a name on a list. i see diane sawyer, the people you're connected to at abc and your personal life. if we can do that and show people that these are real people, i think we can help motivate people to save lives. >> some states are reporting that just today they have seen as many people signed up to be donors as they normally see in one month.
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by the way, you're never too old to do it. people 90 years old have donated organs that saved lives. tonight on "nightline," we'll have the story of a 9-year-old waiting for an organ, and the day he's given new life. coming up here, an empty passenger jet is purposefully crashed in the desert. can they learn something that will help all of us survive an air disaster?
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do you remember this scene from "ferris bueller's day off"? parking attendants gone wild. reporter jeff deal from our orlando affiliate found a pretty wild case of life more than imitating art. >> reporter: it's red, it's fast, and it proved too tempting for the owner of this parking lot. we got a tip that jay nieves of premier parking in orlando, florida, was doing more than just watching customers' cars. to investigate, we rented this flashy, corvette convertible, equipped it with a gps tracking device and dropped it off, pretending to be a husband and wife headed for vacation. just six hours later the gps tracking device sent us a text message, alerting us the car was in motion.
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that's when we captured this video of nieves and another employee joyriding in our car. they were peeling out on dirt roads and smoking cigarettes along the highway. we saw him taking pictures with the corvette, driving it to applebee's and even parking it at his home overnight. he went to ace hardware. this is nieves walking from the store. later, he loaded it with lumber at his home and even allowed a dog to run around inside the customer's car. for two days we followed him all over town hitting speeds over 65 miles an hour. and racking up more than 60 miles. finally, when he left it in the parking lot with the top down and the door open, we'd seen enough. who's car are you driving out there? >> who's car? >> reporter: yeah. the red corvette. >> we're not driving anybody's car, why? >> reporter: you guys were driving that car all over town. >> what are you talking about? >> reporter: even though we had all this video -- i'm going to show you something jay. let me show you this video. you recognize this road? you recognize those people in the car?
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>> we weren't driving anybody's car. >> reporter: he denied he ever took a joy ride. you're going to say you weren't driving the car? tell me the truth. be honest with us. >> you're completely wrong. >> reporter: it would appear our video tells a different story. for abc news, jeff deal, cocoa, florida. and our thanks to jeff deal. thank you for watching. we're always on at abc as we said, "nightline" will be along later with bill weir and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. goodnight. we begin tonight with a roof top standoff in san francisco this, man is part of the occupy movement that has taken over an abandoned building. he's been throwing bricks at police and the crowd below. >> this is happening at the
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same building taken over one month ago today and it appears there second man throwing something as well. vic lee is there live. vick? >> we've just witd an arrest of a person, i believe was throwing rocks and debris at police. there is another person, also on the roof but i'm told that he went up there to apparently get that person to stop ask come down. there is one person who was throwing debris at police. i don't believe he hit any of the officers who are standing here in a perimeter, but we did see one person, a pro testor or passerby hit in the head and he was being treated. now, police are here in a primt ter just standing by. there are four pro testors behind me here sitting down on the street. apparently they're not under
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