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Historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and crime caper "American Hustle" won most nominations for the Golden Globes with seven nods each on Thursday, as Hollywood's awards season heats up. Both frontrunner movies garnered nods for their main actors, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender for "12 Years a Slave," and Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle."
The US state of Missouri executed a man who killed a motorist that came to his help on a highway, after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal. Allen Nicklasson, 41, was given the lethal injection late Wednesday in Bonne Terre, Missouri, local media said. He had turned to the Supreme Court arguing that the lethal injection of pentobarbital was "cruel and unusual punishment" contrary to his constitutional rights. Nicklasson had unsuccessfully argued that the use of pentobarbital was unconstitutional because the compounding pharmacy that made it had not been approved by medical authorities.
By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African sign-language interpreter accused of miming nonsense as world leaders paid tribute to Nelson Mandela defended himself as a "champion" signer on Thursday but said he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the event. The interpreter, 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg's Star newspaper he started hearing voices and hallucinating while on stage, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world. The government admitted Jantjie was not a professional interpreter but played down security concerns at his sharing the podium with world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama at the memorial on Tuesday. We accept all that." After the memorial, South Africa's leading deaf association denounced him as a fake, making up gestures to be put into the mouths of Obama and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.