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    So ... there are hearing people in South Africa who are fluent in sign language, right? I'm asking because the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral yesterday was evidently totally faking it. Sign language experts called him out via Twitter and even more have since confirmed: Dude was just making up signs from the podium -- while Mandela's grandchildren and President Obama gave their speeches. How the hell does that happen? Isn't there some sort of screening process for sign language interpreters at high-profile funerals of legendary world leaders?

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    Some stories are so crazy, they're outrageously difficult to believe. Mayra Rosales used to weigh 1,200 pounds. She took up an entire king-size bed, couldn't stand because her legs wouldn't support her body weight, and was considered one of the heaviest women in the world. She became the poster girl for unhealthy lifestyles when, in 2008, she admitted to killing her 2-year-old nephew by sitting on and crushing him. Facing the death penalty in Texas, her trial was a circus, with media filming every minute of it -- from men cutting a hole in Mayra's house so she could be transported to court in a van to the woman facing capital punishment charges while sitting on a bed that was brought into the courtroom for her.

    As it turns out, everyone was wrong about Mayra. And the 33-year-old has since turned her life around in a most inspirational way.

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    Toronto mayor Rob Ford is arguably the most entertaining politician in office today, what with all the crazy allegations against him, his self-admitted crack smoking, and his tendency to fly off the handle when talking to the press.

    He did not disappoint on Thursday, when he vehemently denied the allegation that he pressured a female staffer to let him go down on her.

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    Rape has become an epidemic in India, with local law enforcement officials being routinely criticized over their lax attitude toward sexual violence. It estimates that only 4 out of 10 rapes are even reported, due to failure of the police to take the accusations seriously.

    They must get that attitude from Ranjit Sinha, the head of the Central Bureau of Investigation in India -- an organization similar to our FBI. On Tuesday night, he compared rape to unlicensed betting that should be “enjoyed” if it cannot be prevented.

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    It's official: Dr. Martin MacNeill has been found guilty of killing his wife Michele MacNeill, bringing an end to a case that seemed like it was made for TV. Dr. MacNeill was accused of overdosing his wife with prescription painkillers after she got cosmetic surgery back in 2007, then leaving her to die in a tub in their family home. His motivation? Potentially his love affair with a mistress named Gypsy Willis, who he introduced as a nanny to his family just weeks after Michele's death.

    Dr. MacNeill brought Willis into his home shortly after she passed away, and even his defense lawyer Susanne Gustin told the court that doing that made him seem like "a total jerk and disgusting."

    The key witnesses in this trial? MacNeill's three eldest daughters, who were more than convinced that their father killed their mother from the get-go. And when the verdict was read early Saturday morning -- their reaction was chilling. Watch the footage from inside the courtroom, here:

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    The Church of Scientology is exclusive, secretive, and has garnered in its brief existence the wary curiosity of outsiders. While we live in a country where the freedom to practice the religion of our choosing is a right, that doesn't mean all religions escape censure or criticism. The fact that Scientology has attracted so many members of Hollywood's elite has made it so much more fascinating to outsiders.

    While we might not know the specifics of the faith, there are countless urban legends and true accounts of people "escaping" the religion, or of being blackmailed during their infamous "auditing" sessions. Any religion that involves entities from space is bound to illicit a few raised eyebrows. Now, not long after Leah Remini filed a missing persons report for leader David Miscavige's wife Shelly (which was subsequently dismissed by the LAPD), we're learning more about the secretive group than ever before.

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    Whose story do you believe about what really happened the night of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi -- CBS, Lara Logan, the FBI, security officer Dylan Davies? After a week of revelations and denials, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has apologized for the show's October 27 reporting on the Benghazi attack as told by Davies. "We were wrong to put him on air," Logan said. "We will apologize to our viewers and we will correct the record on our broadcast on Sunday night." 

    Dylan Davies gave a controversial version of the Benghazi attack on 60 Minutes and in his memoir, The Embassy House, published under the pseudonym Morgan Jones. But according to the FBI and an incident report by his employer, Davies' story is a big lie. So why didn't CBS figure that out before they ran with the story? And why does it seem like Lara Logan is the only one apologizing?

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    Remember back when President Obama promised us that if we liked our health care plan, we could keep our health care plan? Well, he better check his pants, because there’s a good chance they’re on fire, as millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance.

    Repeatedly over the last several years, President Obama has reassured worried Americans that if they were happy with their health care plans, they’d be able to keep them. I guess what he really meant to say was, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan … so long as it meets all the stringent requirements that I decide are necessary, and you’re willing to pay the skyrocketing premiums.”

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    Looks like Jimmy Kimmel is in trouble because of another skit. Just a couple of weeks ago, he made an enemy out of Kanye West after parodying the pompous rapper. Now he's under fire for what the Chinese community is calling a "racist" spoof.

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    Oh, what a wonderful world it would be if we could go around wiping out everything that is in poor taste. Clearly, two Florida men posing as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween -- complete with a bullet hole in Trayvon's hoodie and fake blood -- qualifies for most of us as an example of a terrible judgment call. Yes, both men are Caucasian and one donned what looks like horrifying black tar on his face, which has made lots of people angry about the use of blackface on Halloween, but are we missing the point here?

    This costume would be just as offensive if worn by an African American, or a Native American, or Mexican American, for that matter. The problem here isn't racism -- it's a total lack of respect and regard

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