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Electing A New Pope

Good afternoon. This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC newsroom.  The smoke is black -- and that means the cardinals who are gathered at the Vatican to choose a new pope will try again tomorrow. After their first vote today, black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney. If the smoke had been white, it would have signaled that a new pope had been chosen.

A judge has denied a request by convicted killer Brandon Lavergne to withdraw his guilty plea in the murders of two women. Lavergne is serving two life sentences for killing U.L. Lafayette student Mickey Shunick and another woman, Lisa Pate back in 1999.

And we'll have the latest on the gun control legislation in Washington.  A senate committee today narrowly approved a bill expanding federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases. But the senate judiciary committee put off consideration of an assault weapons ban until Thursday. Join us for these stories and more today on Live At Five and 7news At Six.

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