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Jury told to keep debating Arias’ fate

– Jurors in the Jodi Arias murder trial said Wednesday they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her one-time boyfriend, prompting the judge to instruct them to keep trying.

The panel reported its impasse after only about 2 1/2 hours of deliberations. Judge Sherry Stephens told jurors to try to identify areas of agreement and disagreement as they work toward a decision.

Deliberations were set to resume at 10 a.m. local time today.

Weiner wants to contribute as mayor

Anthony Weiner knows there may be a lot of New Yorkers who would never consider voting for him again, but he says he’s running for mayor because he wants to bring his ideas to the fore – and win.

“I don’t kid myself. I know that this is going to be a difficult slog, and I’m going to have to have a lot of difficult conversations with people along the way,” the former congressman, whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago, said Wednesday after officially launching his mayoral bid.

“I think I have something to contribute. And I think that it’s up to New Yorkers to decide whether I get a second chance or not, and I hope the answer’s yes,” the Democrat added.

Photographer Wayne Miller dies

Photographer Wayne F. Miller, who created a ground-breaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago after serving with an elite Navy unit that produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II, died Wednesday at his home of six decades in Orinda, Calif. He was 94.

Miller, who was also known for his work as a curator on an international photojournalism exhibition called “The Family of Man” and for contributing the photos to Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “A Baby’s First Year,” had become ill only in the last weeks of his life, his granddaughter Inga Miller said.

Garcetti wins LA mayor seat

City Councilman Eric Garcetti defeated Controller Wendy Greuel to become next mayor of Los Angeles after a campaign in which he depicted his rival a pawn of powerful labor bosses.

With all precincts reporting Wednesday, the city councilman grabbed 54 percent of the votes against his fellow Democrat. Greuel had 46 percent.

Garcetti, 42, promised voters to increase jobs and patch up the city’s battered streets and sidewalks. He will be the city’s first elected Jewish mayor.

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