Hearse heads to NJ funeral home handling Houston

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A hearse under heavy police escort is en route to the New Jersey funeral home officials say is handling the funeral of Whitney Houston.

The hearse was traveling from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston's body would arrive late Monday on a flight from the Los Angeles area.

Several officials familiar with funeral planning say arrangements are being made by Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston's father. They spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for Houston's family.

Houston died Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 48. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange.