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Farewell for Michael Jackson


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The world is saying farewell to Michael Jackson.

His family will be holding a private funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. And the public focus will be on Tuesday's memorial service at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

There has been so much interest in what could well be the biggest celebrity send-off of all time that the tickets had to be parceled out by lottery. More than one and a-half million people applied online. Fewer than 20,000 tickets were given out. And there have been extraordinary precautions to prevent ticket scalping, with Internet sites pulling the plug on offers to sell them.

The Jackson family has announced a star-studded roster of participants in the public service, including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson. Martin Luther King III is also scheduled to take part.

People who won the ticket lottery picked up their passes Monday at Dodger Stadium. One fan screamed out his car window, "I got the golden ticket!" Another, recalling her mother's love for Elvis, declared, "This is my Elvis."

Hoping to avoid a mob scene, Los Angeles police are urging fans without tickets to stay away and watch it on television.

One Jackson friend who won't be there is Elizabeth Taylor. She says she doesn't think Michael would want her to share her grief with millions of others. Says Taylor, "How I feel is between us. Not a public event."

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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