NATION IN BRIEF: Blagojevich jurors say they agree on 2 counts

The Associated Press. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and wife Patti left, leave their house to go to Federal Court in Chicago on Thursday.

The Associated Press. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and wife Patti left, leave their house to go to Federal Court in Chicago on Thursday.

Blagojevich jurors say they agree on 2 counts

CHICAGO -- Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Thursday that they have reached agreement on just two of 24 counts against him, and haven't even begun discussing 11 of the counts. The judge quickly said he would tell them to go back and deliberate more.

The exchange once again left the courtroom in a state of uncertainty, with lawyers and legal experts saying there is no way to know for sure how long the deliberations may go on -- but some saying the apparent deadlocks on some counts were a good sign for Blagojevich and his co-defendant brother, Robert.

The 11 counts the jury has yet to discuss involve wire fraud. Most of them deal with FBI wiretap recordings and the allegation that Blagojevich tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Philadelphia-area thief gets 21 years of house arrest

PHILADELPHIA -- A suburban Philadelphia woman who admitted stealing $475,000 from her employer has been sentenced to 21 years of house arrest so she can work to repay it.

A defense lawyer for 40-year-old Lanette Sansoni said the victim was more interested in restitution than jail time.

Lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr. said his client has repaid about $275,000 and will stay on house arrest until the remainder is repaid.

N. Dakota man swallows other inmate's glasses

BISMARCK, N.D. -- A North Dakota inmate was not afraid of making a spectacle of himself when he grabbed another suspect's glasses and started to eat them.

Burleigh County Sheriff's Maj. Les Witkowski said the 42-year-old inmate at the county detention center became frustrated Aug. 1 when he was not able to talk to the chaplain, so he swallowed both lenses and a piece of the metal frame.

He had been booked on an aggravated assault charge just five hours earlier.

Witkowski said the inmate was taken to a hospital emergency room but was returned to jail after doctors determined he was OK.

Judge keeps gay marriages in California on hold

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge put gay marriages on hold for at least another six days in California, disappointing dozens of gay couples who lined up outside City Hall hoping to tie the knot Thursday.

Judge Vaughn Walker gave opponents of same-sex weddings until 5 p.m. Wednesday to get a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether gay marriage should resume. Gay marriages could happen at that point or be put off indefinitely depending on how the court rules.

Walker struck down the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban last week in a case many believe is destined for the Supreme Court.

3rd set of human remains found in eastern Pa. home

READING, Pa. -- Investigators have discovered a third set of human remains at an eastern Pennsylvania apartment where they found the remains of an infant and a fetus in a cooler late last month.

Investigators said Thursday they removed the latest set of remains from a block of concrete found in a closet.

A woman who lives at the Berks County apartment has been charged with a third count of abuse of a corpse. She's being held on $5 million bail.

Judge OKs delay in Cleveland bodies case

CLEVELAND -- A judge has granted a second trial delay for a Cleveland man charged with killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his home.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose on Thursday postponed the trial of 50-year-old Anthony Sowell until 2011. The trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 7.

Sowell's lawyers said they need more time to interview more than 150 witnesses, review forensic evidence and conduct mental health evaluations.

Oil price slide continues on grim reports

Oil prices lost more ground Thursday as discouraging global economic news reinforced concerns about slowing consumer demand for energy products.

Benchmark crude for September delivery fell $2.28 to settle at $75.74 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices declined for a third straight day.

Gasoline pump prices have remained fairly stable as priorities shift from summer vacations to fall routines like back-to-school shopping. The national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $2.776 on Thursday.