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NEW YORK | Onetime vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was remembered as a political trailblazer and a devoted mother and friend Thursday at a funeral that drew dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Mrs. Ferraro made history as the first woman to serve on a major party ticket when Democrat Walter Mondale chose her as his running mate in 1984. She died Saturday of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. She was 75.

Hundreds of mourners packed the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in midtown Manhattan for a funeral Mass that featured nine eulogies: Both Clintons; Mr. Mondale, a former vice president; Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski; former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and Mrs. Ferraro’s three children, Donna, John and Laura.

Mrs. Ferraro was married for 50 years to John Zaccaro, a New York real estate developer. They had eight grandchildren.

The ceremony was closed to the media, but attendees described it as a warm, loving celebration of Mrs. Ferraro’s life.

“It was one of the most beautiful services I have ever seen,” Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas said.

Mrs. Hutchison, whose brother has multiple myeloma, said Mrs. Ferraro had raised awareness of the illness. “She was very special to me. We bonded forever,” Mrs. Hutchison said.


Agency chief accuses firm of stonewalling

NEW ORLEANS | The head of the U.S. agency that regulates offshore drilling is questioning Transocean’s willingness to cooperate with a key federal investigation of last year’s Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement, said in a Thursday letter to Transocean that the company has stonewalled on whether it would make available three employees who have been subpoenaed to testify at hearings next week near New Orleans.

“In my judgment, this is less a legal issue than one of whether Transocean recognizes its moral and corporate responsibility to cooperate with an investigation into the causal factors of the most significant oil spill in United States history,” Mr. Bromwich wrote.

A lawyer for Transocean, which owned the rig that exploded and which was leasing it to BP, said in a response letter that the company can’t control whether the people that investigators want to question show up or not, but it’s willing to produce a different expert who isn’t on the witness list.

Both letters were obtained by The Associated Press.

From wire dispatches and staff reports