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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial ceremony denied he was a fraud Thursday, claiming he gesticulated nonsense during the service because he was suffering a schizophrenic episode and hallucinating. Thamsanqa Jantjie has been branded a fraud by members of South Africa's deaf community, who said his signing for US President Barack Obama and other world leaders amounted to little more than "flapping his arms around." South Africa's deaf organisations rubbished the suggestion that this was a one-off problem, claiming they had complained to the government before about Jantjie. Footage has emerged showing him signing for President Jacob Zuma at the ruling ANC party's 100th anniversary celebrations in 2012.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are considering whether to change a decades-old anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten.