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BELLSOUTH TO OFFER BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX PARTNERS

Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp. has joined the ranks of companies offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees.

The decision affects only management employees, who make up about 26,000 of BellSouth's 93,000 workers, BellSouth spokeswoman Nechole Merritt said.

She said providing the benefits makes the company more attractive to potential employees.

"We have been looking at the business environment, and as we become more competitive, we wanted to make sure we do everything we could to attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce," she said.

Typically, only 1 or 2 percent of employees sign up for domestic partner benefits when they are offered, said Kim Mills, education director at the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay and lesbian political organization.

About 3,600 mostly large companies offer the benefits, she said. BellSouth is the last of the former Baby Bells to offer the benefits.

PROCTER & GAMBLE SELLS INTERNET DOMAIN NAME

Procter & Gamble Co. has sold the Internet domain name flu.com, one of nearly 100 commercial names the consumer products company has put up for sale because it has no plans to use them for Web sites.

P&G officials declined to disclose the sale price Monday. The name was sold to a pharmaceutical company.

The buyer asked not to be identified, said officials at GreatDomains.com, which registers domain names and brokered the P&G sale.

A domain name is an Internet address that consists of two or more parts, separated by a period. The .com suffix represents a commercial address.

P&G has said flu.com and other sites don't fit into the company's business plans. P&G asked more than $1 million apiece for names including romantic. …

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