Busy scene behind Neverland's gates feeds Michael Jackson funeral talk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Santa Barbara County, California, say they'll start enforcing parking restrictions on the road that runs past the Neverland Ranch.

A flurry of activity behind the ranch's wrought-iron gates is feeding speculation that either a funeral service or a memorial of some sort is being prepared for Michael Jackson.

Jackson family members met with authorities yesterday about funeral services. The California Highway Patrol says "details are still pending," but they would need to be consulted if Jackson's body is moved from Los Angeles to Neverland.

Meanwhile, Jackson's will is expected to be filed in court today. A person with knowledge of the document says it gives guardianship over Jackson's three children to his mother and leaves his assets in a trust fund.

And a couple of people are offering accounts of his final days. A registered nurse says Jackson had been complaining of persistent insomnia in recent months and asked her for a powerful sedative. Cherilyn Lee says a frantic call from Jackson four days before his death left her worried he'd gotten it.

But a photographer who took pictures at one of his rehearsals two days later says Jackson looked "100 percent."

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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