Brancato jury deadlocked

NEW YORK - The jury hearing the Lillo Brancato second-degree murder case says it's deadlocked 11-1.

Jurors returned home and were expected to resume deliberations today.

A mistrial was avoided earlier Thursday after it was discovered a juror had been taking notes on testimony and doing research on the case at home.

Brancato - who got his big break playing opposite Robert De Niro in the 1993 film 'A Bronx Tale' and also is known for playing a wannabe mobster on 'The Sopranos' - agreed to a substitution with an alternate juror. His consent was required because the jury had already started deliberating the day before. Jurors had to start over.

Prosecutors say Brancato and an accomplice broke into an apartment next to a policeman's home. When the off-duty officer went to investigate, the accomplice shot him in the heart.

Rep: McMahon staying in home

LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon can stay put.

Publicist Howard Bragman confirmed Thursday that the TV icon and his wife have no plans to move from their home, which has been facing foreclosure for nine months.

Bragman said he doesn't have details about the deal that's allowing the 85-year-old McMahon to stay, but added: 'They ain't leaving.'

Public records show there was a series of transfers of the loans last month on McMahon's house, which is in a hilltop gated community that's also home to Britney Spears.

A Southern California company, Foreclosure Trackers Inc., has taken credit for brokering the deal and say they plan to negotiate a better deal for McMahon, 85.

Robert Lee, the company's chief executive officer, said earlier this year that his aim was to prevent McMahon from having to move.

'I don't want their home,' Lee said. 'I want to make sure the McMahons can keep their home.'

The former 'Tonight' show sidekick for Johnny Carson has faced a series of money problems since he broke his neck.