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  • A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two apartment buildings that collapsed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    8 dead in NY gas blast as rescue operation goes on

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  • Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing)

    Death toll in NYC gas explosion climbs to 8

    Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear to search rubble for more victims of a gas explosion found an eighth body on Thursday while investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with the city's aging gas and water mains, some from the 1800s.

  • NTSB: Further pipe exam required at NYC blast site

    A National Transportation Safety Board official says there are no obvious ruptures or punctures in a gas main and distribution pipe at the East Harlem explosion site.

  • A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 sits in a remote area of the Yuma International Airport in Yuma, Ariz., on Monday, April 4, 2011, after a 5-foot-long tear in the aircraft's fuselage forced an emergency landing at the airport Friday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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  • A cellphone photo provided by passenger Joshua Hardwicke shows an apparent hole in the cabin of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 373-300 on Friday, April 1, 2011, as it makes an emergency decent into Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Joshua Hardwicke)

    NTSB: Cracks found in 3 grounded Southwest planes

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  • People in Camden N.J. view the salvaging of an amphibious craft from the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Friday, July 9, 2010. An amphibious sightseeing boat that stalled in the Delaware River was knocked over by an oncoming barge Wednesday, spilling 37 people overboard and leaving two passengers unaccounted for after a frantic rescue effort. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Two days after a barge crashed into a stopped tourist boat, leaving two Hungarian tourists missing, authorities retrieved two bodies from the Delaware River, including a girl identified as one of the victims.

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  • National Transportation Safety Board team member Robert Sumwalt said utility Consolidated Edison dug dozens of holes about 18 to 24 inches deep around the blast site and measured gas levels in them soon after the explosion.

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