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NYC Mayor: "high probability" authorities will capture suspect in car bombing

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there is no evidence that the attempted car bombing in Times Square was tied to international terrorism.

But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is cautioning against "premature decisions one way or another." She says "every lead has to be pursued," and nothing is being ruled out.

The Pakistani Taliban appeared to claim responsibility for the car bomb in three videos that surfaced over the weekend.

There has also been speculation that because the SUV was parked near the headquarters of Viacom, the attack might have been related to a controversial "South Park" episode that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad dressed in a bear costume.

Napolitano said she would not "speculate on speculation."

Police are also looking at a surveillance video showing an unidentified man changing his shirt not far from the smoking vehicle.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there's no evidence so far a failed car bombing in Times Square is linked to al-Qaida or any other large terrorist organization.

Bloomberg spoke Sunday outside a restaurant in Times Square where he was to have dinner with a mounted police officer credited with evacuating the area surrounding the car.

Bloomberg notes the investigation is in its early stages. But he says: "So far, there is no evidence that any of this has anything to do with one of the recognized terrorist organizations."

Police found the car parked on one of the prime blocks for Broadway shows after being alerted by two street vendors. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the area for 10 hours.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police investigating a botched car bombing in Times Square say the bomb contained fertilizer that was incapable of exploding.

Top police spokesman Paul Browne says more than 100 pounds of a substance found in the back of an SUV parked on a busy city street near a theater showing "The Lion King" was fertilizer.

But unlike the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer that has been used in terror attacks including the Oklahoma City bombing, Browne says this fertilizer would not have caused a massive explosion.

Police are trying to determine what was in the homemade bomb, why it failed and who was responsible for the botched bombing, which sent thousands of tourists into a panic on Saturday night.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Police investigating a failed car bomb left in New York City's Times Square say they have videotape of a possible suspect changing clothes in an alley and putting them in a bag.

The surveillance video shows a white man in his 40s taking off his shirt. He had another one under it.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly says officers are headed to a Pennsylvania town to speak to a tourist who might have recorded the suspect on his video camera.

Police found the SUV parked on one of the prime blocks for Broadway shows such as "The Lion King" after being alerted by two street vendors Saturday night. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the area for 10 hours.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the explosive device was "amateurish" but potentially deadly. The bomb squad dismantled it.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- New York police investigating yesterday's attempted car bombing in Times Square want to examine a gun locker found in the vehicle.

They want to know what's in the 200-pound metal storage cabinet, and whether the contents were meant to be detonated by the fireball that was supposed to be set off.

According to a police spokesman, investigators took the locker to a police firing range in the Bronx and were trying to open it remotely.

Police say the SUV that was parked in Times Square contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components.

It drew the attention of two nearby vendors, who then alerted police.

Police say the bomb apparently had started to detonate but malfunctioned. Firefighters and witnesses said smoke was coming from the back of the SUV and they heard a popping sound from inside.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says if it had exploded, it "could have been a very deadly event."

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a suspicious vehicle in Times Square "did indeed contain an explosive device."

Police found the device in the smoking Nissan Pathfinder on Saturday evening. They then cleared the streets of tourists before dismantling it.

The mayor spoke at a news conference early Sunday along with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Kelly says the car contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. He says a black metal box resembling a gun locker was also recovered.

Authorities say a Connecticut license plate on the vehicle did not match up. Police are now looking for additional surveillance video.

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