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Detroit Billionaire on Ad: 'We Screwed Up Badly'

Dan Gilbert and his Bedrock company admit 'tone-deaf' ad was a misstep

(Newser) - A billionaire businessman has apologized for his real estate company's controversial sign in downtown Detroit that says "See Detroit Like We Do" with an image of a majority white crowd. Quicken Loans founder and Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert posted on Facebook Sunday, saying the ad was... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

In Canada Day Speech, Trudeau Forgets Part of ... Canada

'I'm a little embarrassed,' Trudeau admits after omitting Alberta

(Newser) - "British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, and Labrador." These are the Canadian provinces and territories rattled off by PM Justin Trudeau on Saturday in a speech in honor of Canada Day. And while one... More »

Sportswriter Out of Job After Tweet About Indy 500 Champ

Japanese driver's victory made him 'very uncomfortable,' wrote Terry Frei

(Newser) - The Denver Post has parted ways with a prize-winning sportswriter who tweeted that he was dismayed a driver from Japan won the the Indy 500. "Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend," Terry Frei tweeted... More »

Scott Baio Explains 'Joanie' Comments After Backlash

He suggested death of former 'Happy Days' co-star was due to drugs

(Newser) - Scott Baio says he was responding to media reports when he suggested the death of his former Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi co-star Erin Moran may have been due to substance abuse problems. Authorities in Indiana said Monday that Moran likely died from cancer at her home on Saturday... More »

A Cosmo Weight-Loss Article Has Infuriated Twitter

People didn't like that the subject of story was an Aussie woman who had cancer

(Newser) - It was like any other Tuesday on Cosmopolitan's Twitter feed, with tweets about a possible Gilmore Girls revival, women who apply makeup with tampons , and ... a weight loss story that sent the internet into a tizzy. The offending tweet, since deleted, linked to an article titled "How This... More »

Poland Official Has Talks With San Escobar. One Problem

'San Escobar' doesn't exist

(Newser) - As part of Poland's bid to get a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has been meeting with officials from countries “such as Belize or San Escobar," he told reporters. One slight problem: San Escobar does not, in fact, exist. A spokeswoman... More »

First Gaffe of Debate Happens Before It Begins

It's Donald vs. Hilary, apparently

(Newser) - Both candidates dodged a bullet on Monday night in that the first gaffe of the 2016 presidential debates was made by ... neither of them. Host Hofstra University committed the goof, by way of "last-minute" souvenir tickets it printed for the 350 of its students who managed to get a... More »

University Tells Would-Be Cheerleaders How to Look

University of Washington infographic goes over like a ton of bricks

(Newser) - Newsflash: Cheerleaders should not sport ponytails. This according to a now-pulled infographic posted to Facebook by the University of Washington cheerleading team on Monday. It was ostensibly a guide for would-be Huskies, as cheerleader tryouts begin Friday. Instead, the list of Dos and Don'ts—which specified that "nude... More »

Mayor's Facebook Post Reveals His Porn Browsing

Besides, the Internet connection was too slow to actually watch any of it

(Newser) - It was only research. So says a German mayor who, via a post on his town's official Facebook page, inadvertently busted himself for checking out online porn. Thomas Koppl of Quickborn, in the course of a political debate, posted a screenshot of the German constitution to Facebook. He neglected... More »

Hillary Regrets 'Superpredator' Remark Made in 1996

'I shouldn't have used those words,' she now says

(Newser) - When Black Lives Matter activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton on her record on race and crime at a private fundraiser in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday, Williams wanted one thing in particular from the presidential contender: an explanation why two decades ago, she referred to some at-risk youth as "... More »

John Kasich: Women 'Left Their Kitchens' to Support Me

He told Va. rally crowd how he won election decades ago

(Newser) - Fresh off of defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich raised eyebrows again Monday in Fairfax, Va., Mediaite reports. Speaking at a campaign rally at George Mason University, the presidential candidate took on the subject of how he first got elected during his early days in politics, cluing the... More »

Town Has Honored Bust Since 1977— It's the Wrong Guy

Stockton-on-Tees commissioned a bust of the wrong John Walker

(Newser) - Try as they might, the denizens of Stockton-on-Tees, England, just can't seem to pay homage to John Walker, a 19th-century resident of the town and inventor of "one of the most significant objects in modern history," per the the Northern Echo . Take, for instance, the bust of... More »

Prince Philip Busted Dropping F-Bomb on Camera

Tells photog to 'just take the f---ing picture' already

(Newser) - He might be worshipped on a certain island , but Britain's 94-year-old Prince Philip hasn't allowed age to mellow his fondness for blunt speaking and salty language. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II has been caught apparently using the F-word during a photo shoot. PhIlip can be heard on... More »

Think Tank Sorry for Telling Amnesty to 'Suck It'

CSIS apologizes, says intern thought he was using personal account

(Newser) - An intern at a Washington, DC, think tank was just supposed to monitor its Twitter account, not tell Amnesty International to "suck it." The human rights organization was making a point about the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, tweeting yesterday: "US... More »

Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

Paramount Australia tweets poster, promptly deletes it

(Newser) - Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo have a bit of explaining to do. That’s because the Australian film poster for the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the famous turtles falling from a burning building that has apparently just been rocked by an explosion ... and the opening date, prominently... More »

Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub

GOP pounces on gaffe made on book tour

(Newser) - Illinois native and possible presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton started the second stop of her book tour yesterday by calling Abraham Lincoln a senator, CNN reports. Here’s what she was trying to do: During a speech in Chicago, Clinton compared the 2008 Democratic presidential primary between her and then-Sen. Barack... More »

Another Holocaust Gaffe: Candidate's Death Camp Ad

Mike Wells says concentration camp picture was an accident

(Newser) - A Fresno, Calif., city council candidate attracted the wrong kind of attention when he sent out a flier on Saturday that featured what looked like a picture of a concentration camp, the Fresno Bee reports. It features a message criticizing Mike Wells' opponent in red letters across the backdrop of... More »

Obama to Art History Majors: Sorry I Dissed Your Field

Sends professor handwritten note

(Newser) - At the end of January, President Obama raised the ire of art historians with a comment about their field; now he's apologizing, via a handwritten note. Speaking at a Milwaukee-area General Electric plant, Obama told the crowd: "I promise you, folks can make a lot more, potentially, with... More »

Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early

(Newser) - With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post... More »

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