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tonight on "chiltldren and naturalized american citizen. bum as of tonight, faisal shahzad is an accused terrorist, charged with attempting to explode a car bomb in times square. as we learn more, the contradictions seem to multiply. why would a man who benefited so much from this country tie to kill so many of its citizens? our chief investigative correspondent brian ross has been following developments from the moment shahzad was taken into custody late last night. brian? >> reporter: martin, shahzad almost got away with it, but once in custody, authorities say he not only admitted his role in the times square bombing
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attempt, but provided important details of his training and financing from the taliban in pakistan. until recently, 30-year-old faisal shahzad seemed to be living the american dream. a wife, two children, and a suburban connecticut home. for neighbors, he was an immigrant from pakistan who had betters himself through education and hard work. >> they had little picnics in the backyard. they were always to themselves. the wife looked happy. >> her web page was filled with baby photos. she loved her tv shows, "everybody loves raymond" and "friends." under a photo of her husband, "he is my everything." trash discovered outside faisal's home today list schools in saudi arabia and pakistan. he had degrees from the private university of bridgeport in connecticut and worked as a junior financial analyst at a stanford, connecticut, firm. last year, he became a u.s. citizen. >> they seemed normal to us. i mean, there was nothing like,
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you know, they were danger to anyone or anything. >> reporter: yet authorities say today that shahzad had admitted he was the person who loaded this nissan pathfinder with explosives and tried to kill as many as he could last saturday night in new york's times square. there was nothing normal about him. >> this is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live, around the world and here at home. there are those who would attack our citizens and slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. they will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life. >> reporter: as agents look for clues of shahzad's secret life at his connecticut apartment today, a parade of law enforcement officials in washington congratulated each other on a job well done. >> i want to commend them for their results in this case. >> this was a great team effort. >> i want to also commend the men and women who have worked around the clock. >> reporter: but what was not
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said was that shahzad almost got away. that he was not arrested until after he had boarded a flight to pakistan on emirates airline. even though his name was supposed to be on a no-fly list. >> clearly the guy was on the plane and shouldn't have been. >> reporter: it turns out that the fbi surveillance team lost track of shahzad on monday as he was driving in the area. >> the key is, you want to stay with him and follow him but you don't want to have the surveillance made. you don't want to spook him. you're going to stay back, and the fear, obviously, in staying back is, it increases the likelihood that you could lose him. >> reporter: and they did. so, unknown to the fbi, shahzad drove directly to kennedy airport, where he parked his car in a short-term lot, leaving a .9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol in the vehicle. though his name and passport number had been flagged, he was able to buy a one-way ticket in cash and board an emirates
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flig flight. >> there was a problem alongline. >> reporter: it was only as the plane was taxiing for takeoff, u.s. customs boarded the plane to arrest him. the attorney general said today he was never worried. >> i was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him. >> reporter: once shahzad was in custody, officials made sure the naturalized u.s. citizen was questioned by a special fbi team that did not initially tell him of his miranda rights against self-incrimination. >> this is a guy that got pulled into this type of thinking and logic or ill logic, and it went bad. nothing worked, in fact, and he gets caught almost immediately and it's like, okay, you've basically ruined your life, how can you perhaps make it a little bit better? >> reporter: officials say shahzad almost immediately admitted he drove the nissan pathfinder loaded with explosives into times square last saturday.
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>> the key is, who else is out there? is there a clock ticking? >> reporter: in the criminal complaint filed today, prosecutors said shahzad stated he received bomb-making training with the taliban in pakistan, which he said provided him the money to pay for the attempted attack. >> that means he is an example of these clean skins, people who we have no record of that the terrorist groups can get in the united states. >> reporter: shahzad's admiss n admissions add credence to internet claims of the taliban of pack stan that they are now targeting american cities. to date, their attacks have been limited to pakistan, where they have killed more people than any other terror group there. those tactics could be devastating in the united states. >> if terrorist groups are going to use these clean skins, people we don't know anything about, if they're going to operate in small cells or as individuals, then we're going to see some
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successes. they're not going to be big attacks like 9/11, but they are going to be attacks and they will be successful. we will not always be lucky. >> reporter: shahzad's cooperation may have already paid dividends. officials in pakistan say they've made at least two arrests there of people directly connected to shahzad, one, his father-in-law, the other, a person who reportedly traveled to the u.s. to help set up the times square plot. martin? >> brian ross tracing the path of a would be terrorist. our thanks for that report. when we come back, we'll turn to the world of sport, and one of its biggest stars. "nightline" goes one-on-one with king of the court, lebron james. [ male announcer ] what is performance? 0 to 60? or 60 to 0? [ tires screech ] how a car performs in a quarter-mile? [ engine revs ] or a quarter-century? is performance about the joy of driving?
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lebron james is the type of athletic force that comes along maybe once in a lifetime. bigger, faster and stronger meets savvy, personable and highly marketable. the two-time mvp is in the middle of a playoff run with the cleveland cavaliers, but whether he leads his team to glory or not, it's his next move that's already gathering all the attention. chris cuomo goes one-on-one with the king. >> reporter: that's how good he is. he can suspend the ball in the air. >> exactly. it don't move until i tell it to move. it will stay up there all day until i tell it to move. >> reporter: lebron james may just have a magic touch.
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at age 25, he's already a global superstar. cover boy, million dollar salesman. gold medalist and soon to be leading man. >> lebron james from downtown. >> reporter: and of course there's his basketball career. >> lebron james. >> reporter: just named mvp for the second year in a row. >> i'm like a -- >> reporter: hold the ball straight up. you only have -- it's like a foot. game's not much of a challenge if you think about it. look at how close you are to the rim. how do you ever miss? how do you ever miss? >> i've been trying to figure that out. one day i forgot how to miss and i made 1,000 shots in a row. i had to reprogram myself just so people would realize that i am human still. >> reporter: a human, but once who sometimes does super here man things. he is certainly larger than
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life. i'm 6'2"215 pounds. how is this looking? you're at home, you're making fun of me. >> it's 6'2", 215 -- >> i'm probably bigger than you are. >> reporter: that's a great size and weight. you're bigger than point guards. >> probably the size of your prom date. >> reporter: before he'd graduated from high school, sports illustrated dubbed him the chosen one. now they call him king james, and this is his court. cavaliers fans are wild over their hometown hero. but after seven years with the cavs, he still hasn't brought home the brass king. a king without a crown. >> what is the level of satisfaction you must attain this season for you to feel that -- >> ah -- ultimately an nba championship. >> reporter: has to be? >> has to be. every day i go out on the court, try toy be the best player on
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that court. absolutely. but ultimate team concept is an nba championship. >> reporter: means more to you? >> absolutely. >> reporter: the video that airs before games here shows a giant lebron looming over cleveland. and that's not far from the truth. he is a giant here, and a native son. raised in akron by his mother gloer ya, who was only 16 when she had lebron. >> being part of a single parent household helped me grow up faster than i had to. if i wanted to. but being able to protect my mother, being that, you know, that man of the house at an early age help med grow up. >> reporter: she's his biggest fan, often spotted courtside riling up the crowd. out of site are the two young sons he has with his high school sweetheart, savannah. 2-year-old bryce and 5-year-old lebron jr. your kids come to the weekends when you don't have school. what do you want them to take away from watching you? >> i just want them to have fun. my sons be in the back in the
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family lounge, they back there drinking juice boxes and spilling chips on their lap. i don't see them throughout the game. >> reporter: 5-year-old is getting up there now in terms of his level of consciousness. what do you think he knows about what daddy is? >> he knows i play basketball at a high level. kids love to dunk. i seen you dunk tonight, daddy that was awesome. and he tripes to do the same thing at home. >> reporter: has it surprised you how much of your life exists outside the court? >> absolutely. use what you do on the court as a gift to be better off the court. you see a kid, just bring a big old smile on their face. that's the ultimate for me. i know where i come from. >> reporter: and he's surrounded himself with people who come from the same place. >> what's up? >> reporter: several years ago he fired his agent and replaced him with a team of close friends who handle the multimillion dollar business of being lebron. everybody brings in experts from
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all the big places and that's the way it has to be done, that's the way it has to be done. you said no. >> no, i just -- i come from a good culture of basketball and a good can sure of family, so, i kind of brought that same instillment, that same blueprint to the professional level. that type of camaraderie can happen on the court, off the court, in a board room, anywhere, you know? i mean, it helps a loot. >> reporter: and they take lebron inc very seriously. carefully cultivated a global brand, signing endorsement deems with mcdonald's, vitamin water and, of course, nike. it's a business, not just basketball, that has opened new words to lebron. so, you're very big in china. word on the street is that you've been trying to learn some phrases to be more accessible. >> yeah, like -- >> reporter: what is that, hello? >> yeah. >> reporter: and when he needs
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business advice, he goes straight to the top. his buddy warren buffett. >> yeah, that's -- >> reporter: what's the lynn tlk? >> uncle warren, i call him. we've been knowing each other three years now. >> reporter: the or can of omaha. >> we've walked the streets of omaha together, like -- it's like, hong, hong, it's, it's warren -- what? what about me -- >> reporter: and a big dude. of course, nike has made sure everyone knows who lebron is. we caught up with him at a photo shoot for his newest shoe, which is so secret we can't even show it to you. superstitions. do you have any where basketball is involved? >> absolutely. >> reporter: socks, shoes? every single game since i was a rookie i've had a brand new pair of shuchs. >> every game? >> reporter: every game. i don't know the calculation. >> reporter: that's a lot of shoes. >> 82 regular season games and i play about 100 games a year. it's like 800 -- >> reporter: every pair has a fair shot.
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>> yeah, got a fair shot of making history. >> reporter: the question now is, where will those shoes make history. after this season, lebron becomes a free agent, which means he could leave cleveland and go, well, anywhere. you have a big turning point coming. it is continue stayly joked about. how often do you have to think about your future? >> um -- not as much as everyone else thinks about or talks about it. everybody knows my future and i have no idea. so. >> reporter: you said, i don't want to leave this city until we win a championship. people are looking at it like a bible verse. now, when he says that -- but to you, it's where your mind is, you're playing, you want to win. >> absolutely. i'm sole little geared on trying to win a championship for this city, and when the future comes, when i have to make the decision, i will. >> reporter: but first thing's first, he still needs the crown.
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>> i want to be able to say to you that i told you so. i told you this is our year. >> reporter: in the meantime, it is good to be the king. for "nightline," i'm chris cuomo in cleveland. >> and lebron james and his questionable right el bole will take the floor against the celtics in game three of the playoffs at 7:00 p.m. friday on espn. and when we come back, we are a country of convenience. we love our cars, we love to shop. what do you get when you combine the two? tonight's "sign of the times." i was 7 the first ti found my best friend at 13. in college, i got caught up in a love triangle. and then i discovered what true love really is. experience the only ebook reader from the bookstore you've grown up with - nook, by barnes & noble. browse and download over a million titles wirelessly, and take your story wherever you want it to go.
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with martin bashir. >> americans love to shop. from door to door salesmen to big box super stores and now the internet. but there's a new way to stock up on just about anything, and it involves another great american passion. for john berman, this drive through is a "sign of the times." >> reporter: yes, we love our cars. a lot. we name them, like christine. >> her name's christine. >> reporter: covet them, like in "ferris bueller's day off." >> spent three years restoring this car. it is his love, it is his passion. >> reporter: even stroke them. "american graffiti." >> i really love the feeling of the post. >> you do? come in. i'll let you feel it. i mean, you know, you can touch it if you want. i'll let you feel the up holsry. >> reporter: it is a love affair more than 100 years in the making.
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we all know about suburbs and highways, but the intricate inventions to maximize our auto experience. drive-ins, drive-byes. the famous one from "the god father." and, drive throughs. it is this last one, the drive through, that has reached a new epic level. think i'm exaggerating? mcdonald's and other fast food chains do nearly 70% of their business at the drive through. there's drive through coffee, drive through espresso, drive through oil change, drive through auto, drive through trees, dry cleaning, through shots, pharmacies, las vegas has drive through weddings. even drive through church and state. religious services in california, and live dru lawmakers. kevin murphy is a state rep in pennsylvania. he has a window for con sketch went services. >> we live in a fast-paced society. people are in a hurry.
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if they want to pick up a rebate form, we'll able to provide that service for them at the drive through window. >> reporter: and for years we've taken our cars to the mall to go shopping, but now, at long last, there's a way to go to the mall without ever leaving your car. >> it's about conveniencconveni. if we can do things quicker, we'll take advantage of that. not having to gelt out of your car, especially people, there's three kids in the backseat screaming, trying to get the dhirn out of the car, or somebody who is on their way to and from work that doesn't want to take an hour and a half to go shopping can now shop on their time, pull into the drive through, be out in minutes. >> reporter: greg is the manager of my gopher. an experience from sears in joliet, illinois. it's a big giant drive through store. >> you pull into the drive through, our guides come, load everything up in the bax of your car and off you go and you're done. >> i made a whole shopping list
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in there. >> we needed new tools, sheefts. >> in and out, no lines, no buggies, no going around strollers, so, it convenient. >> just bought a dvd player. yeah. >> you can do all of your shopping from the internet at home and pick up in the store, or stop in the store to punch your order into terminals. while a traditional store may be 80% floor space, 20% warehouse, here, it is the opposite. no aisles, no sales clerks, just busy worker bees buzzing about the warehouse. you can pick it up any time you want, but it's usually ready within minutes. so, what is this thing? >> so, this is what we've done with the shopping carts that you see. we've taken the karlts you normally see in the store and stack them up in a sculpture. >> reporter: for anyone who's ordered anything online, it doesn't feel revolutionary, but the process is super fast, and you don't have to wait for days
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for the product to show up in the mail like you do for internet shopping. it spokes up just like a big mac. and the best part? you can stop here and drive through shop here on the way to mcdonald's drive through down the street. >> you could. >> reporter: it's awesome. i'm john berman for "nightline" in joliet, illinois. >> i think some drive through activities are more reasonable than others. regardless, our thanks to john berman. and when we come back, record-breaking floods wreak havoc in the home of country music. but first, jimmy kimmel with what's coming up next on abc. >> jimmy: tonight, mickey rourke, jorge garcia, and "dancing with the stars" cast-off pamela anderson is
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