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A Washington, DC, police officer who was arrested last week on child porn charges was found dead last night. The body of Marc Washington was pulled from the water at Hains Point, NBC Washington reports. The 32-year-old is accused of visiting a teen girl—while on duty—ordering her to take off her clothes, and taking pictures. He allegedly told her the pictures were for a runaway investigation, ABC 7 reports; the girl had previously been reported missing.
The interpreter blasted for supposedly making up sign language during Nelson Mandela's memorial service says he wasn't faking it—he was hallucinating and hearing voices. Thamsanqa Jantjie says he suffers from schizophrenia and he had an episode during the service, possibly brought on by the magnitude of the occasion. He says he felt unable to leave and continued to sign things that made no sense.
A Chinese man reportedly took to drastic measures after his girlfriend refused to stop shopping. After shopping at a mall in China for more than five hours with his girlfriend, 38-year-old Tao Hsiao reportedly responded to her request to go into one more store by leaping over the railing seven floors to his death. Eyewitnesses say the couple got into a "really heated argument" about shoes before Tao threw his bags on the ground and leaped over the balcony.
The sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial service yesterday wasn't actually signing what the speakers on stage were saying, according to many members of the deaf community. As the service was live-streamed, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen (the first deaf woman elected to South Africa's Parliament) tweeted, "ANC linked interpreter cannot sign at all, he's making up signs. Please get him off," The Age reports. She later added: "What is he signing? He knows that the deaf cannot vocally boo him off. Shame on him!"
President Obama joined in on a selfie at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
Obama leaned in with British Prime Minister David Cameron, as Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt snapped a picture of the three world leaders smiling while tens of thousands of mourners and other dignitaries paid their respects in Johannesburg to Mandela, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.
First Lady Michelle Obama can be seen in the photo (far right) observing the solemnity of the occasion.
Suffice to say, a number of people have taken issue with Obama and the two other politicians for grinning and posing for a selfie during the somber service.
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