Death Toll Rises in New York City Building Explosion
Five people are now confirmed dead in Wednesday's deadly building explosion in New York City's famous Harlem neighborhood.
Rescue crews worked past midnight searching through the rubble to locate nine other people who were still missing after a gas leak caused an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings. At least 63 people were injured.
Thick smoke from the buildings could be seen throughout much of Manhattan. The blast sent debris over several blocks across the neighborhood and a nearby commuter rail line, suspending train service in and out of Grand Central Station for much of the day.
Residents in a nearby building called officials at energy company Consolidated Edison to report the smell of natural gas just minutes before the explosion.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident "a tragedy of the worst kind" because it happened with no time to save people.
Search Planes Find No Sign of Missing Jet in Area Flagged by Chinese Satellites
Malaysia and Vietnam say there is no sign of a missing Malaysian airliner in the area where Chinese satellite images showed potential debris floating in the water.
The two countries sent search planes over the area in the South China Sea on Thursday, but officials said they did not find anything.
China released the images Wednesday, with state media saying they showed three fairly large objects near the plane's original flight path toward Beijing.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that U.S. investigators suspect the Malaysia Airlines plane remained in the air for four hours after passing its last known location over the Gulf of Thailand.
The report said the belief is based on data that is automatically sent by the plane's engines to the ground, and suggests the aircraft could have flown for an additional 4,000 kilometers.
Ships and aircraft from 12 countries are involved in a sprawling search that covers 93,000 square kilometers in the waters on both sides of Malaysia. An extra four hours in the air would put the plane far outside the search area, reaching potentially into areas of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean or Pacific Ocean.