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In brief for Dec. 27, 2006

Ford funeral plans underway At press time, planners are still at work finalizing funeral services for President Gerald R. Ford, who died late yesterday. Although the family has yet to give its final approval, insiders expect that his body will lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington this weekend, with a service at the city's National Cathedral on Tuesday, CNN reports. The public will likely be able to pay their respects at a church near Ford's home in California, then at the Capitol and finally in Grand Rapids, Mich., home of his presidential museum and his likely place of interment ...

Civil unions OK'd in New Jersey Same-sex couples in "civil unions" will be granted the same rights as heterosexual couples under legislation signed Thursday by the governor of New Jersey. The market for gay weddings in the U.S. alone could be as big as $1 billion a year, the Los Angeles Times says. Couples are spending both in states that recognize same-sex unions, such as Massachusetts and Vermont, and those that ban them, such as Virginia ...

Big build Workers in Beijing are toiling to finish an airport terminal bigger than all five at London's Heathrow Airport, some 110 hotels and a chunk of the world's longest subway system by next December, all in time for the Summer Olympics in 2008.

Photo by iStockphoto.com/ © Alice Scully

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