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Cyclists hope blessing protects them on road

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 200 bicycles have been blessed with a sprinkling of holy water at New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Saturday marked the 14th annual Blessing of the Bikes at the cavernous Episcopal cathedral. Some cyclists said they believe the ritual will help keep them safe as they pedal through city traffic.

Allen Wong told the New York Times that cyclists need "all the help" they can get. Wong is Catholic but said he rarely goes to church.

Leah Todd read the names of more than two dozen cyclists who died in traffic accidents in New York in 2011 and 2012.


Parents, 2 daughters killed in fire laid to rest

CARMEL (AP) -- Some 1,000 people have attended the funeral for four members of a family who were killed in a house fire in a New York City suburb.

The Journal-News reports that bagpipers played as the victims' family members walked into St. James the Apostle Church on Saturday morning.

They were led by the fire's sole survivor, Thomas Sullivan Jr.

Larchmont Police Capt. Thomas Sullivan was killed in the fire early Tuesday along with his wife, Donna, and teenage daughters Meaghan and Mairead. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Larchmont Police Chief John Paulway said he last saw Sullivan on Monday. The chief said Sullivan's desk was full of art projects by his children.

A long line of uniformed officers saluted the funeral procession.