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Judge in Britney Spears' trial tells deadlocked jurors to deliberate more

Jurors at Britney Spears' driving-without-a-license trial said that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site.

But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Steele told them to try again after he read them additional legal instructions.

The jurors deliberated less than two hours yesterday at a San Fernando Valley courthouse. They also spent about two hours on the case Friday.

The eight women and four men are sifting through about a day's worth of testimony and arguments in the case, which was filed last year after the pop star hit a parked car and left the scene.

Spears, 26, hasn't appeared in court and didn't testify during the trial.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, she could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Que pasa?

The Oprah Winfrey Show is becoming bilingual.

Chicago-based Harpo Productions says the show is being made available in Spanish through Secondary Audio Programming and closed captioning.

The Spanish-language offerings launched yesterday in the country's six largest Latino TV markets: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston and Dallas. More cities are expected to be added.

The Oprah Winfrey Show, now in its 22nd season, is syndicated to 214 domestic stations, including WBAL in Baltimore, and 139 countries.

A musical gamble

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of the musicals Cats and Evita, has volunteered to write Britain's song for the Eurovision Song Contest when the competition is held in Moscow next year.

The continentwide contest, founded in 1956, pits European nations against one another in pursuit of pop music glory. It is regularly criticized for its kitsch content but is also one of Europe's most widely watched events. An estimated 150 million television viewers tuned in last year.

Britain hasn't won since 1997, when Katrina and the Waves triumphed with "Love Shine a Light." The nation scraped bottom in 2003 when Jemini scored the dreaded "null points" with an off-key performance of "Cry Baby."

Lots of Hope

An autographed photo of Lucille Ball fetched more than $6,500, an inscribed photo of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor went for $27,500, cuff links from President Richard M. Nixon brought $10,000.

The items were among the nearly 800 mementos belonging to comedian Bob Hope that his family auctioned last weekend as a charity fundraiser, raising more than $601,000.

Fellow comedian and duffer George Lopez snatched up some of Hope's beloved golfing gear, including hats he wore on the links.

The pieces of Hope history were sold to fans and dealers alike at the auction Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit charities and causes that were important to Hope, who died in 2003 at age 100.

Quick clicks

* Despite modest ratings so far this fall, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will be back. Fox has given the second-year series a full-season order, the showbiz trade papers report.

* The Ashton Kutcher-produced series Opportunity Knocks has been pulled from ABC's Tuesday night lineup. It was among the lowest-rated shows on any of the Big Four networks this fall. A recap of the previous night's Dancing with the Stars will take its place in the 8 p.m. slot, starting this week.

From Sun news sources

today's birthdays

Rock musician Manfred Mann, 68.

Singer Elvin Bishop, 66.

TV's "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, 66.

Actress Carrie Fisher, 52.

Singer Julian Cope, 51.

Actor Ken Watanabe, 49.

Actor Jeremy Miller, 32.

Actress Kim Kardashian, 28.

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