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the mastermind of the new york terror plot is charged with planning to detonate weapons of mass destruction. aids vaccine. for the first time, an experimental vaccine shows promise in preventing infection with the aids virus. odd couples. the stories of the monkey and the dog, the crow and the kitten. could these animals really be best friends? and, what thstudy of twins can tell us about the process of and, what thstudy of twins can tell us about the process of aging. captions paid for by abc, inc. good evening. he is 24 years old, he is an immigrant from afghanistan. najibullah zazi was indicted today, charged with conspiracy to build an explode weapons of mass destruction. authorities allege zazi was moving toward inmre menation of his plan when it was broken up.
eric holder said today, any imminent threat has been disrupted, but he reminded the public to remain individual lent, and brian ross is here again tonight. brian? >> reporter: charlie what the government said today in its court filings was that zazi gathered chemicals and was ready to set off a series of bombs in crowded places. therefore, weapons of mass destruction. federal agents said zazi began to mix the chemicals he brought in the denver area. employees here said zazi lied to them about why he wanted the chemicals. >> did he say he was trying to color his hair? >> yeah, he said he had a lot of girlfriends. >> reporter: authorities say the same products used in beauty salons to bleach hair, create highlights and treat itchy scalps contain the set of chemicals listed in a homemade bomb recipe zazi got from al qaeda. >> it's so readily avaable and it flies under the radar, when you purchase it. who is going to question someone going in and buying something at
a hair supply store. >> reporter: in documents filed in court today, agents said two weeks ago zazi sent messages to others, quote, each more urgent in tone than the last. >> this is as close we've come since 9/11 to having a major terrorist attack on u.s. territory. >> reporter: zazi and his family came to this new york neighborhood from afghanistan ten years ago. he w attended this high school in new york city. later, zazi worked as a coffee cart vendor. >> he was a very nice person. i never seen anything in him as a danger. but ybe person can be change. >> reporter: but in august 2008, zazi left for pakistan where he spent months in an al qaeda training camp. when he came home, he filed for bankruptcy, saying he had run up $50,000 in credit card debt. one way authorities say he may have helped to finance the plot, which they believe is still alive. >> i think until they find all
the bombs and the materials, until they find everybody who was in the cell or willing to be in the cell, we still have a big problem. >> reporter: so tonight, agents and police are working round the clock, because they say, charlie, we don't know what we don't know. >> brian ross, thanks to you. and meanwhile, in springfield, illinois, today, news of another terror plot, unrelated to the new york case, but still sobering. a man was arrested and charged with attempted murder ter he planted what he thought was a one-ton bomb outside springfield's federal courthouse. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: it was around noon wednesday while the springfield federal courthouse complex was busy packed with people. the fbi says this man was trying to blow up the building. according to police, michael fenton drove a fan that he believed was carrying nearly a ton of explosives, and parked it in front of the courthouse. then, the fbi says, fenton got out of the van, jumped into
another car and dialled a cell phone to remotely detonate the bomb. it was a sting operati. the explosives were fake. finton was arrested. >> he talked about a number of different targets, including the fbi building. so, this is just one that he identified was important for him to attack. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, finton converted to islam while serving time in prison. authorities say he tried to become a pen pal of an american caught fighting the taliban in the days just after 9/11. the fbi claims that last year, finton met another man he thought was a fellow radical. the man was actually a government snitch who introduced to finton to other cell members working with police. they supplied finton with fake explosives. today, he was charged in the same courthouse he allegedly tried to blow up. if convicted, he faces life in prison. bee their thomas, abc news,
washington. and in a very similar case to that in springfield, illinois, just within the last few moments, we've learned that a man in dallas has been arrested for parking what he thought was a bomb outside a downtown dallas skyscraper. president obama returned to the united nations today and spoke of his vision of a world without knew clear weapons, and the security council adopted a resolution that aims toward that goal. the resolution represents a lofty goal and grand intentions, but will it actually bring the world closer to the goal? here's jake tapper. >> reporter: president obama became the first u.s. president to ever chair a meeting of the united nations security council today, and the issue could not have been more important. the lofty goal of the resolution, a world without nuclear weapons. >> just one nuclear weapon exploded in a city, be it new york or moscow, tokyo, beijing, london or paris, could kill hundreds of thousands of people. >> reporter: the resolution
promotes disarmament among nuclear powers like the u.s., china and russia. calls for beefed up security for nuclear materials and underlines punishments for nations that violate the nuclear non proliferation treaty. george shultz, president reagan's secretary of state, was on hand today. he was quoted. >> i quote, "a nuclear war --" >> cannot be won and must -- >> "never be fought." >> this was his dream. to find a world without nuclear weapons. so, i can imagine right now, ronald reagan is smiling. >> reporter: many observers say a world without nuclear weapons is not realistic, but working towards the goal is important in order to discourage other countries from obtaining the weapons. >> many countries want to control the dangerous technology, prevent it from falling into the hands of terrorists. but many countries also still believe in the value of nuclear
weapons as a deterrent. >> reporter: but beyond the lofty language, are major questions about the real impact of today's resolution. iran and north korea are believed to be pursuing nuclear weapons and neither are part of the nuclear non-proliferation trty. >> we must now consider far tougher sanctions together. >> reporter: and china pushed back, saying sanctions were not the answer, making future action by the u.n. questionable. >> reporter: and charlie, tonight, here in pittsburgh, president and first lady obama arrived to have dinner with other world leaders. the focus of this g-20 summit is avoiding a different kind of catastrophe, economic. they'll be talking about coordinating global financial regulations. charlie? >> jake tapper reporting tonight from pittsburgh, thanks. and in addition to the leaders from the world's largest economic nations going to pittsburgh for the g-20 summit, the meeting is drawing protes r protesters.
today, hdreds of them calling themselves a people's uprising marched on the convention center where the summit will be held and were converted by police who used tear gas to disperse the crowd. we're going to turn next to what may be a watershed ooechbtd in the effort to find a vaccine to prevent the aids virus. researchers in thailand said a major medical study found that an experimental vaccine cut the risk of infection by nearly a third. how significant is this? here's dan harris. >> reporter: scientists have been working on an aids vaccine for more than 20 years, during which time, the disease has killed 32 million men, women and children. there have been so my setbacks, so many failures, that some thought today might never come. >>t's the first time that we have ever had a positive effect of any type with an hiv vaccine in a human clinical trial. >> reporter: but the optimism is tempered. >> we can't say we have a vaccine that's ready for
primetime. >> reporter: and here's why. the study was carried out in thailand and involved more than 16,000 volunteers, all young adults. half were given a placebo, half were given the vaccine. of the roughly 8,000 people who received the placebo, 74 became infected. of those who got the vaccine, 51 became infected. so while the vaccine worked, it only reduced infections by 31%. >> this is not a vaccine that would be marketed right now. there's a lot of work that has to be done. >> reporter: there are still a lot of unanswered questions here. scientists don't know how or why this new vaccine works. it was actually created on a hunch, by combining two other vaccines that had both failed in clinical trials. and while it was somewhat effective against the strain of aids prevalent in thailand, it's unclear if it will work against strains in, say, the u.s. or africa. but there is no question this is a much needed victory in a
disease that infects nearly 7,500 people a day. >> if we can stop the new infections, again, we have a chance to spare millions and millions of people. >> reporter: as one scientist said today, it's not the end game, this is the beginning. dan harris, abc news, new york. along-time friend and aide to senator ted kennedy has been named to temporarily fill his senate seat. paul kirk was appointed to serve until a special election can be held in january. kirk, a former democratic national committee charm, becomes the 60th democratic senator and we learned today that before he died z kennedy had named kirk the executor of his will. and still ahead on "world news," the latest research into how and why we age, with a fascinating findings written on the faces of twins. and, strange bedfellows in the animal kingdom. unlikely companions, bonding in the wild. moisturizing body washes, if you're using other you might as well be. you see, their moisturizer sits on top of skin,
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as we mentioned earlier the g-20 summit begins tomorrow in pittsburgh. yes, pittsburgh. residing in that city tonight are the heads of state of russia, china, great britain, france, all the developed countries around the world, not to mention president obama. people asked why pittsburgh for such an international event. well, there are good reasons. here's abc's bianna golodryga. >> from the get-go. >> the united states will host the next g-20 sumt in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. >> reporter: people thought pittsburgh was an odd choice. >> they snickered when pittsburgh was chosen. i like to say we're going to be the ones with the last luf when everybody comes here and sees what's happening. >> reporter: what is happening here? construction a new $230 million arena for the penguins. a $780 million casino, which just opened last month. and green building are going up all over the city. pittsburgh's housing market has remained steady, too. sales prices here dropped less than 1% in the last year, while
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the federal gov the federal government has suspended door to door census interviews in a rural kentucky county where a worker was found hanged. the fbi isnvestigating the death of 51-year-old bill sparkman, and whether he was targeted because of his government work. sparkman's body was discovered hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest. next, we're going to turn to health news, and research that is coming face to face with the affects of aging.
scientists looking for clues how lifestyle affects the aging process have found ideal subjects to study. twins, who started out looking just the same, but who have changed in different and dramatic ways throughout the years. here's john mckenzie. >> reporter: they come from around the country at least once a year. a festival of twins. identical twins. for researchers, having access to so many pairs of these genetic carbon copies is a scientific bonanza. >> we can compare the twins that have different social behaviors. and see how those factors make a difference in their appearance. >> reporter: an often glaring difference reflected in the photos of more than 200 pairs of twins. there's aging from smoking. compared to her sister, the smoker on the left has tiny, telltale vertical lines around her lips and longer and deeper wrinkles under her eyes and between her eyes. >> smoking shrinks the tiny blood vessels to the skin in the
face, and they're not nourishing the skin properly. >> reporter: there's aging from excessive sun exposure. gay, here on the right lives in hawaii and worshipped the sun, eager for a tan. her sister gwynn lives in baltimore and avoided the sun. the result? gay's skin today is coarser with much deeper creases around her cheeks and eyes. >> i knew it was not good. i was determined i was going to have a good time. >> reporter: the study even documents the aging from divorce. and the subtle toll stress has on the skin. the added lines, here, beside the mouth. and here, the darker, discolored skin under her eyes. researchers have known that specific behaviors can be harmful to the skin. but until they studied twins, they never realized just how much. the good news is, by changing lifestyles -- >> the damage can be stopped and some of the damage can be reversed because our body has a tendency to rejuvenate itself. >> reporter: adopting healthier lifestyles to slow the signs of aging.
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finally tonight, improbable pals. animal pals. they say birds of a feather flock together, but so do opposites attract. and the folks at the national geographic channel have discovered some highly unlikely animal friends. here's nick watt. >> reporter: animals are supposed to stick with their own kind. a pride of lions, a school of fish, a gaggle of geese, a bunch of dudes? once in awhile, nature's rules are broken. take the orangutan and the hound dog that became instant bffs at a south carolina animal park. >> to me, they seem like long lost friends. they would make you believe in reincarnation. >> reporter: in a kenyan reserve, after an unpromising start, a baby hippo named owen
and a 130-year-old tortoise became inseparable. >> to know that these animals are capable of emotions like love, and understanding, and caring, like we are, is quite an eye-opener. >> reporter: cake the crow and the kitten, in massachusetts. they were play mates for years. >> the big message i get out of it is, cooperating works. being social works. >> reporter: in the wilds of africa, this lion mothered a baby antelope. by the law of the jungle, she should have eaten it. >> we develop very strong, intimate relationships with our pets, which come from completely different species. >> reporter: if a dog can make friends with a bright orange goof ball, i guess there's no excuse for anyone, man or beast, not to get along. nick watt, abc news, london. >> great pictures. unlikely animal friends will