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UPDATE: NYC mayor asking for more homeland security money

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's going to Washington to make a case for additional homeland security money.

The mayor spoke Wednesday at an event with members of the bomb squad that defused a bomb in Times Square on Saturday.

He said New York is the symbol of America, "where terrorists come and we need to have homeland security funds."

He said Saturday's failed attack proved the need. Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, was charged Tuesday with trying to blow up a crude device inside a parked SUV amid tourists and Broadway theatergoers.

The mayor and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly are scheduled to testify Wednesday at a U.S. Senate hearing on terrorists and guns.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities have brought terrorism and mass destruction charges against the suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he has confessed to receiving explosives training in Pakistan.

Charges against Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, were contained in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. Shahzad was arrested overnight as he attempted to leave the country on a flight.

The complaint says he confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it Saturday night into Times Square, where he tried to detonate it.

The complaint says he admitted to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan, but there is no mention of al-Qaida.

Click the camera icon to watch our report on Tuesday's developments.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the FBI and other authorities are investigating the suspect in the failed Times Square bombing for possible connection to terrorist groups.

Obama says the attack failed because of actions by ordinary citizens who alerted police, and he says justice will be done.

The president vows that America will not be cowed by the attack.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama was notified shortly after midnight of the arrest of a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb.

Obama was briefed six times Monday on the ongoing investigation, and John Brennan, the president's top counter terrorism adviser, notified him at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday of the arrest of the suspect, Faisal Shahzad.

That's according to Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, who tweeted the news to reporters Tuesday morning.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The suspect in the Times Square bomb plot heads to federal court in Manhattan today.

Authorities stopped Faisal Shahzad late Monday before he boarded a plane to Dubai. The charges are not yet public.

Attorney General Eric Holder read a statement early Tuesday saying Shahzad was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Holder says the intent of the car bomb was "to kill Americans" and urged citizens to remain vigilant.

Law enforcement officials say the suspect recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder used in the failed car bomb three weeks ago and paid cash.

The SUV was rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb. It had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks.

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NEW YORK (WKOW) -- A law enforcement official says a suspect in last weekend's failed car bomb attack on Times Square has been taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to leave the country.

The suspect has been identified as Faisal Shahzad. He is being held in New York.

Law enforcement officials say Shahzad is a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent and recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder used in the failed car bomb three weeks ago and paid cash.

The SUV was rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb. Police say it had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two law enforcement officials say that authorities have identified the buyer of the SUV used in the botched Times Square bombing and are seeking him as a potential suspect.

One of the officials tells The Associated Press that the potential suspect is a man of Pakistani descent who recently traveled to Pakistan.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is at a sensitive stage.

The officials say the man is a Connecticut resident who paid cash weeks ago for the SUV parked in Times Square on Saturday and rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb.

An official says the car's last registered owner told investigators he sold the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to a man he did not know three weeks ago.

Click the camera icon to watch a report on Monday's developments prior to this update.

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