5 Things to Know for Your New Day -- Thursday

5 Things to Know for Your New Day -- Thursday
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 10:19am

It's Thursday, and here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."

1. MANDELA MEMORIAL SIGNER

Say what?

In this case, the pictures weren't worth a single word. The sign language interpreter signed vigorously throughout Nelson Mandela's memorial. He was seen by millions worldwide. But apparently understood by no one. He had a sign language of his own. "I wanted to go to the FNB stadium and grab that man from the stage," says Abram Maripane, a sign language trainer. The interpreter stands by his performance, though. He told CNN affiliate Radio 702 that he's been trusted with other big events in the past. "There was no one at all that said I interpreted wrong." He also told the station he has schizophrenia and is receiving treatment.

2. SCHOOL SUSPENSION

I kissed a girl ...

And the school really didn't like it. They suspended the 6-year-old first-grader and said his record will show he "sexually harassed" the girl. All this for kissing a classmate on the hand! A tsunami of backlash followed -- and last night, the school reversed course. It said he can return to school and changed his offense from "sexual harassment" to "misconduct."

3. TEEN DUI WRECK

Stricken with affluenza:

To families of the victims, Ethan Couch is a killer; a teen drunk driver who killed four people. To the defense, he's a victim of "affluenza." Or more precisely, the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him. A judge seemed to agree with his lawyers, saying Couch needs treatment. He sentenced the 16-year-old to 10 years' probation and no jail time. His relatives were stunned.

4. MANSION BREAK-IN

Selfie destruction?

It sounds like the teen edition of "The Hangover." A bunch of kids allegedly break into a swanky LA pad last month and throw a bash. They trash the home and bag some loot, including a suit and a $250,000 stuffed leopard. Not satisfied with the damage, cops say, they brag about it on social media. Bad move. Those selfies led cops to the three 18-year-olds and 13 minors this week, who now face burglary, grand theft and trespass charges.

5. PRESIDENT'S NOMINEES

The wrangling continues:

Republicans and Democrats are at it again. The Democrats are trying to get the presidential nominees approved before they break for the holidays, and the Republicans are saying not so fast. The Senate burned the midnight oil to approve Cornelia Pillard to an appeals court this morning. And that's just the beginning, the GOP says. It says it plans to delay the list of nominees to various senior posts. Not to be outdone, Democrats say they'll be in session around the clock if that's what it takes to get nominees approved. Next up, the House prepares to vote on the budget today. Grab your popcorn -- the all-nighters may become the new norm.

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