Workers recover Bible from rubble of NYC buildings


NEW YORK (AP) — Workers hauling away debris from the wreckage of a New York City explosion that killed eight people have recovered a Bible, which clergy members are now carrying in a solemn procession at the site.

About two dozen people met Saturday at the site where workers are clearing away debris. They are carrying a large smudged, water-damaged Bible that belongs to the Spanish Christian Church, which was located in one of the two destroyed buildings.

Rescue workers delivered the Bible to the clergy Saturday.

The city's public advocate, Letitia James, says the church's pastor, Thomas Perez, suffered heart palpitations when he saw the Bible. Supporters say Perez was transported to a hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

James asked for donations for survivors of the blast who no longer have homes.