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making news in america this morning, massive manhunt for one of the brussels attackers. raids across the country for a second straight day, plus new details on the bomb that didn't go off. and the intelligence failure allowing the bombers to plan the attack. we're live in brussels. and searching for the americans still unaccounted for after the attack. their families holding on to hope. severe weather on two fronts, high winds and drying conditions sparking wildfires. a state of emergency declared and springtime blizzard. over a foot of snow falling right now. smooth moves. president obama kicking up his heels, dancing the tango.
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good thursday morning, everyone. we'll get started with the latest from brussels. the investigation turning up strong links between tuesday's attacks and those attacks in paris last november. >> a round the clock manhunt continues for other members of the isis terror cell behind those attacks. still at large the suspect in the tan coat on the right of the well-known airport surveillance photo. >> two brothers were at the heart of a conspiracy acting as the suicide bombers in the brussels metro and at the airport, which remains closed until saturday. abc's molly hunter is in brussels this morning with the details. molly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. now, as that manhunt continues for one terrorist another one, that paris mastermind, salah abdeslam, will be in a courtroom here in belgium later today.
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a candlelight vigil in honor of one of the victims of tuesday's attacks. leopold heck, a second year law student who died after the attack in the maalbeek metro station. >> terrorists want us to be afraid and that's the thing and if -- they will win if we are going to be afraid to go out from home. >> reporter: as the country mourns police are on a manhunt for this runaway terrorist trying to stop him before he strikes again. his companions, sources say, are the master bombmaker from brussels and paris, 24-year-old najim laachraoui on the left, in the middle, 29-year-old ibrahim el bakraoui, both died at the airport. bakraoui's younger brother, khalid also dead after carrying out the subway bombing. prosecutors claim both had e extensive criminal records. an unknown number still missing. one of them emily eisenman's
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boyfriend. >> i want to know if he is okay, that i'll see him again and that his family will see him again. >> reporter: but for some american families a sigh of relief. gaten powell was told her stepson was found. he is said to have no memory of what took place. >> it's over, it's like whew. >> reporter: justice ministers will hold an emergency meeting in brussels later today and secretary of state john kerry arrives here tomorrow. reena, kendis. >> molly, what do we know about that moment when a bomb didn't go off? >> reporter: the city prosecutor said that moment, that airport attack could have been much deadlier. that man in white we see in the surveillance video actually brought in the most powerful bomb into the airport, 35 pounds and it didn't detonate until the bomb squad arrived much later.
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>> molly, we're also learning about a mix-up with the attackers' taxi prevented them from bringing more powerful bombs. >> reporter: that's right. now, according to belgian media, they sent a smaller car which thankfully meant they couldn't fit all of their bombs into that car. >> interesting detail there. >> molly hunter live in brussels, thank you very much molly. more details about the bombers. they've been on the radar of authorities in the past, both of the brothers involved in the attacks had terror connections. last june international police sent a worldwide alert about 27-year-old khalid el bakraoui. >> it said he was wanted on terrorism charges and his brother was deported on the border. belgian authorities were warned he was a foreign fighter. neighbors that lived right next door said they had no idea what was going on behind closed
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doors. a sign of the jitters caused by the brussels attack. a domestic flight terminal at atlanta's airport was evacuated when a bomb-sniffing dog alerted to a package. scores of travelers were racing for the exits. the site of the incident was quickly cleared and flight operations were allowed to resume shortly after. do stay with abc news for the latest on the attacks in brussels and will continue to bring updates throughout this broadcast and live team coverage later on "good morning america." a major grass fire is raging in the southern plains. more than 100 square miles have burned along the kansas/oklahoma border. dozens of homes evacuated and a major highway closed. late last night the governor of kansas declared a state of emergency for his part of his state. one fire official says with the strong winds, it's going to be kind of bad. well, travel through the denver area is even worse. a spring blizzard close highways and plows are having trouble. the denver around has re-opened.
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many flights canceled. hundreds of thousands have lost power too. the snowfall set a record for that day, 12.1 inches at the airport. as you can see on the weather radar the blizzard moving out of colorado and into the upper midwest overnight but the precipitation to the south from detroit to cincinnati will be rain. overnight the governor of north carolina signed a controversial law that restricts protections for gay, lesbians and transgendered individuals and came 24 response to an ordinance in charlotte which allowed transgendered individuals to choose a bathing of their choosing. bathrooms or locker rooms are designated to be used only based on their biological sex a new law says. president obama showed off his moves in argentina last night kicking up his heels with a beautiful dancer. >> the president was pulled to the dance floor to do the tango during a state dinner in ayres and initially turned down
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the dancer but eventually relented. as you can see, a little bit over there in the distance first lady michelle obama right there, she managed to hold her own with the male dancer. >> i think the president did fairly well. >> nice moves. might have a future. well, still ahead, the back and forth between ted cruz and donald trump getting more heated. we're live in washington with the details. plus, falling from a parking garage, a car plunging to the ground. the new video just in. and under arrest, our first look at the flight atent dapdz accused of fleeing the airport after trying to smuggle 70 pounds of cocaine.
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house, the new feud between the top republican candidates is heating up. >> yeah, donald trump and ted cruz are embroiled in a war of words over their wives as they defend their comments sparked by the terror attacks in brussels. abc's bazi kanani is in washington for us this morning. baz, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. good morning, reena. the newest quinnipiac poll shows donald trump holding on to a 14-point lead over his nearest rival. after the attacks in belgium both men are pledging to be tough on terrorism. the leading republicans in the race stand by their controversial proposals to stop terrorism. donald trump tells bloomberg politics he would even consider using nuclear weapons against isis. >> at a minimum i want them to think maybe we would use it. we need unpredictability. >> reporter: ted cruz calls for patrolling muslim-american communities. >> how about a president that defends america? >> reporter: the reaction from u.s. muslims ranges from outrage to disbelief. >> nobody is going to allow something like that.
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it's against american values. >> reporter: democratic front-runner hillary clinton calls it bigotry. >> racially profiling predominantly muslim neighborhoods, it's wrong, it's counterproductive. it's dangerous. >> reporter: meanwhile, trump and cruz defend themselves from each other's new attacks over their wives. trump accuses cruz of condoning an attack ad using a picture of melania trump from an old "gq" cover shoot threatening on twitter, be careful, lying ted or i will spill the beans on your wife. >> even for donald he reached a new low. >> reporter: cruz and his wife heidi fire back. >> most of the things that donald trump says have no basis in reality. >> reporter: donald trump unapologetic on fox business. >> i wrote, i said, be careful because otherwise i'll have to start talking about, you know, your situation. >> reporter: now, jeb bush endorsed cruz this week and wisconsin governor scott walker
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has also indicated that he may endorse cruz before wisconsin's winner take all primary in a couple of weeks. kendis, reena. >> in case we didn't think the bromance was over, it is officially over long ago. bazi, thank you. when we come back, the manhunt in brussels after the terror attacks. one suspect still on the run. right now we'll have an update. and the truth is out there. a mystery in roswell. a ufo stolen, why? first sign. without it the virus spreads from cell to cell. only abreva penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. you could heal your cold sore, fast, as fast as two and a half days when used at the first sign. learn how abreva starts to work immediately at don't tough it out, knock it out, fast. with abreva.
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strong winds creating a unique problem, a flood of tumbleweeds, they're rolling into the streets and backyards in albuquerque. it's the worst she's seen in ten year, one resident says and there's been a run on pitchforks at the hardware stores. >> okay. this morning severe storms flooding roads in the deep south with wet roads for just about the entire eastern third of the country. also watch for snow in the western mountains and more wet roads in the pacific northwest. flying airport delays likeliest detroit, chicago, memphis, atlanta and new orleans. updating our top story, the terror attacks, around the clock manhunt continues for the suspects. the one you'll see on the right now well-known airport surveillance video. the man is seen with the two suicide bombers. >> there's criticism of police in brussels over their lack of communication and information-sharing when it comes to fighting terrorism and european officials reportedly
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ordered belgium to overhaul its border force. just three weeks ago. that's because guards were failing to check suspicious passengers from high-risk countries against the european union's terror database. the justice department is expected to announce as soon as today indictments against seven iranian hackers. it's believed they're behind a computer intrusion of a small dam in the new york area and cyberattacks on dozens of banks. the indictment is expected to directly link the iranian government to the attacks. new this morning a major development surround the missing malaysia airlines flight. two pieces of debris are highly likely to have come from that plane. the paint on the parts matches what is used by the airlines. this likely bowlsters the theory it went down in the indian ocean back in 2014. the wreckage has never been found. well, a flight attendant suspected of leaving behind 70
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pounds of cocaine in her luggage at l.a.x. before vanishing for days is due in court tao. the d. a says marsha reynolds turned herself in yesterday in new york. the jetblue employee was chosen for a random screening last week. that's when authorities say she left behind her luggage and ran from the airport. well, look at what federal agents found east of san diego. it's a tunnel used to smuggle drugs from mexico to the u.s. it runs more than 400 yards from a restaurant to a three-bedroom house across the border. authorities say the house was built specifically for the tunnel. agents seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people. now a look at a terrifying plunge off a parking garage. the suv crashed through a concrete wall and fell four stories landing on its roof. now tauzin, maryland, police released surveillance video of it. the 23-year-old woman inside was
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not seriously injured. cue the spooky music. flying saucers stolen from the museum has been found torn to pieces. it shows three men loading the model spaceship into a pickup truck then driving off. later discovered destroyed in a ditch. the flying saucer had been a fixture outside the museum for years but it was recently knocked off its mount during a storm. well, speaking of ufos, nfl star aaron rodgers is now sharing a story of his own close encounter. rodgers appeared on pete holmes' podcast telling him about a sighting he had back in 2005 just before he was drafted by the packers. rodgers says he was at a friend's house in new jersey when he heard a siren, then he said he saw large orange object in the sky moving from side to side. >> he says he's 100% sure it was a ufo. >> 100%. >> 100%.
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>> and it wasn't daybreak. not the sun? >> yes. spooky. okay, after a three-day break march madness swings back into shape. the action starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. >> last night's highlights from our guys at espn. >> he's got warriors/clippers. i have 76ers/nuggets. guess who goes first? that ended on a spectacular play. >> it did. it did. i'll give you that. >> steph curry in a bit of a shooting slump lately. not in this game. deandre jordan is the seven-footer. doesn't matter. curry, 33 points in the game. hooking up draymond green here. warriors trying to extend that whole winning streak 50 games dating back to last season, 32-0 at home in season. curry, doing what he does. 4 for 10 on threes. his fellow splash brother klay thompson had 32 to help out. 7 of 10 on threes for him,
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warriors keep rolling. >> if it wasn't for bad luck the 76ers would have no luck at all. here we go. they're up two with three seconds left. mudiay loses the ball, gets it back, double clutch and the 7 are like, seriously, that discuss happened to us? things to do in denver when you're dead. mudiay, winner. >> interview the sixers, you know that'soing in. >> no. >> you know it is. >> feel your pain. >> it's all we got. back to you. >> thank you. up next in "the pulse," finally found a u.s. navy ship discovered after nearly a century. and enough is enough. a charity shop asking people to stop donating a particular book. distract you. so when your symptoms start...
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♪ time to check "the pulse" starting with a marine mystery solved. >> nearly a century after it disappeared the "uss conestoga" has been found. it left california en route to pearl harbor when it vanished in 1921 with 56 on board. when the ship never showed up in hawaii, the navy launched the biggest search of its time. >> well, family members of the "conestoga's" crew were in d.c. for the announcement. one said it filled a hole in a family story that she's been hearing her whole life. the wreck will remain undisturbed off san francisco as a memorial to those who died. >> closure for some of those family members. >> a century in the making. fifty shades of grey sold more than 125 million copies around the globe. but in parts of the world it's hard to even give away. >> yeah, a branch of an international organization that fights poverty received enough
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copies of the erotic novel to build this fort in wales and the manager is now asking people to just stop donating the book already or any of its sequels. >> so people in wales really like this book. >> i guess so. enough to give it away. >> so now we know "fifty shades" is is not likely to end up as a keepsake. the giant pandas are the most popular exhibit at the national zoo in washington, d.c. nice graphic. as such there's a need to keep them squeaky clean for their public. so the zookeepers gave tian tian a bubble bath taking advantage of the warm temperatures. >> tian tian is the senior male panda among the four at the zoo and the tweet from the national zoo says the nontoxic bath was, quote, for enrichment. but he could have used a bigger bathtub. you see him there. yeah, yeah. doesn't quite all fit the bare necessities in there. >> it's a little tough.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> ing, 4:30 club. is it friday yet? >> a it is now. i am natasha zouves. >> i am regular. it is thursday, march 24. why are you up? but i am glad you are with us. >> who just got home from work? >> or got home from something. adopt done is showing a few high clouds but otherwise, it is quiet. look at how the bay is glass. from the emeryville camera. the day planner is the same when you step out this morning, 40-43. a ton of sunshine and mild temperatures, 60 to 66 and 60 at the coast and 70 inland. warmer through 4:00. up to 64 by 7:00.
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the pollen is next. sue? >> the bay bridge is looking good this morning. if you have to be up at 4:28, traffic is flowing nicely. same with the golden gate bridge, three lanes in the southbound direction. three in the northbound. the zipper truck is on the move shortly. looking good. a minor delay from tracy which is typical. an early problem in the tunnel, eastbound 24 but it is cleared. no worryies there. >> a man connected to a dozen robberies across the bay area is finally caught. the beer bandit could have his facial hair to blame. amy hollyfield is in brentwood. >> an amazing story. you are shopping at a c.v.s. in brentwood and then you are the key to an arrest
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robbery suspect, the man that police call the "beered bandit." he is accused in a dozen bank robberies and all the way from gilroy to sacramento on monday robberies in lafayette. there was good surveillance video of him. he wore sunglasses and hats but that beard was always visible giving him the name "the beered bandit i a shopper at c.v.s. spotted him and it ended here. police say he was buying razor to shave off that beard. >> cannot believe that story. >> enjoy attack on brussels, police discovered a new attacker in the subway and he is still on the loose. tiffany wilson is in the newsroom. tiffany? >> belgium police say a


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