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NC Lawmaker: Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized after accusations of racism

(Newser) - A congressman has apologized for his eye-raising comments about the protesters in Charlotte during a TV interview Thursday, but that's hardly quelling accusations of racism. Asked about the protesters, Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger—who represents North Carolina's ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Charlotte—told BBC Newsnight... More »

Fox Settles Gretchen Carlson's Sex Harassment Suit for $20M

And Greta Van Susteren is leaving Fox News

(Newser) - Gretchen Carlson will take $20 million off Fox News' hands, settling on Roger Ailes' behalf in response to Carlson's sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit, reports Vanity Fair . Included with the settlement is what the magazine calls an "unprecedented" public apology for Carlson, an apparent effort by Fox... More »

Lena Dunham Apologizes to NFL Star After Gala Rant

She reaches out to Odell Beckham Jr.

(Newser) - Some celebs offer formulaic apologies that sound more like non-apologies after offending someone or something, but Lena Dunham is offering a lengthy mea culpa to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. after what she now views as misguided public comments. The flap started when Dunham was seated next to Beckham at... More »

Maine Governor: 'Maybe It's Time to Move On'

Paul LePage says he's mulling a resignation, but he hasn't made any final decisions

(Newser) - Paul LePage may have more free time to partake in 1825-style duels soon if he steps down as Maine's governor, floating the latter idea Tuesday on a local radio station while addressing reaction to recent inflammatory statements he's made, per the Portland Press Herald . "I'm looking... More »

USOC Apologizes Over 'Robbed' Swimmers

2 athletes allowed to fly home

(Newser) - An embarrassed US Olympic Committee apologized Thursday night for what it called a "distracting ordeal": the alleged robbery of four US swimmers, which Brazilian police now say was a fabrication. In a statement , USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said sorry to "our hosts in Rio and the people of... More »

Ginsburg: I Shouldn't Have Trashed Trump

Supreme Court justice says she shouldn't have spoken about a candidate for public office

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been roundly criticized since slagging Donald Trump in multiple interviews over the past week. On Thursday, the Supreme Court justice conceded that perhaps it wasn't a well-thought-out campaign after all, the Wall Street Journal reports. "On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press... More »

FTC Is Now on Ashley Madison's Case

New CEO says they're 'truly sorry' for the site messing up people's lives

(Newser) - Two new executives at cheaters dating site Ashley Madison are offering up a mega-mea culpa for last year's hack -and- leak of user information, but that's likely not going to stem the flow of issues its parent company is now facing, including class-action lawsuits and an investigation by... More »

PBS Slammed for 'Fake' Fireworks Footage

It used stock footage during 'live' broadcast

(Newser) - Noticed something a bit off about PBS' A Capitol Fourth broadcast Monday? So did hundreds of people who took to Facebook and Twitter, per NBC News . Though host Tom Bergeron initially laughed off concerns that the live concert and fireworks display over Washington would be rained out, per the Washington ... More »

Police to Apologize for Canada's 'Stonewall Moment'

1981 raids targeting gay men sparked gay rights movement

(Newser) - Some 35 years after police targeted gay men in a series of raids on bathhouses, Toronto’s gay community will finally get an apology. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is expected to deliver an official apology Wednesday for the Feb. 5, 1981, raids on four bathhouses—known as Operation Soap—... More »

Selma Blair 'Very Sorry' for Plane Outburst

She says she mixed alcohol, medication

(Newser) - Mixing booze and medication on a flight was an enormous mistake, Selma Blair says in an apology for her bizarre behavior on a flight from Cancun, Mexico, to Los Angeles on Monday. "After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that... More »

Orlando Tribute From 'Middle-Age Straight' Guy Strikes a Chord

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox apologizes for his previous homophobia

(Newser) - One of the post-Orlando speeches that continues to resonate comes from Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who addressed a vigil on Monday. He first acknowledged an obvious point at the Salt Lake City rally: "I recognize fully that I am a balding, youngish, middle-age straight, white, male, Republican politician... More »

Facebook Blunder Implies Philippines Is at War

Oh, and happy Independence Day

(Newser) - The Philippines is at war—according to Facebook. The social media site accidentally posted a banner celebrating Independence Day in the Philippines on Sunday with an image of the Philippine flag upside down, per the Philippine Star . As several users pointed out, Philippine law requires that the flag be displayed... More »

Johnny Depp Pokes Fun at His Dog Apology

Even Tim Burton jumped into the joke

(Newser) - Actor Johnny Depp has mocked his video apology over the international dog-smuggling scandal that ensued after he and his wife illegally brought their Yorkshire terriers into Australia, the AP reports. Depp and his wife, actor Amber Heard, avoided jail time in the so-called "war on terrier" incident with their... More »

'Genius Millionaire' Apologizes for Rant on JetBlue Flight

David Brackett was kicked off plane after boastful brouhaha with another passenger

(Newser) - It's not often one has the honor to be seated in coach on the same flight as a 28-year-old millionaire with six houses and a 176 IQ. At least, that's what David Brackett claimed before he and two men were booted off a JetBlue flight out of Long... More »

For an Apology to Work, Say These Two Things

Offering to fix it goes a long way

(Newser) - A true apology involves a lot more than saying, "I'm sorry," and scientists are reporting in the journal Negotiation and Conflict Management Research that they've broken down effective apologies to six basic elements—and that two of them are by far the most important aspects. First,... More »

Japanese Snack Maker Is So Sorry About 9-Cent Hike

Video of apology is a smash hit

(Newser) - The price of a popular frozen snack in Japan is going up the equivalent of 9 cents, a small bit of news that is making headlines all over because of how the company announced it, reports Quartz . In a 60-second video, executives and employees of the company Akagi Nyugyo are... More »

Tennis CEO Delivers Sexist Rant About 'Lady Players'

They 'ride the coattails of the men,' says Raymond Moore

(Newser) - It took Serena Williams 15 years to return to the BNP Paribas Open after she was booed in 2001. She might never return again. While discussing how money is awarded in men's versus women's tennis on Sunday, tournament director Raymond Moore said female players "ride the coattails... More »

School: Shoddy Records Caused Student's Suicide

Japan junior high student killed himself after false shoplifting charge

(Newser) - A junior high school principal appeared before a school assembly Wednesday to apologize not only for its role in a student's suicide but also for fibbing about what had happened afterward, the Japan Times reports. The 15-year-old took his own life on Dec. 8 after his parents found out... More »

Outrage After Whole Foods Puts Peeled Oranges in Plastic

Company has apologized for the 'mistake'

(Newser) - Nathalie Gordon was browsing through a Whole Foods store when she spotted something odd: peeled oranges packaged in plastic containers. While the store might've thought the items were convenient for customers, Gordon had a different take. "If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so... More »

Steinem Feature a Disaster for Lands' End

Backlash, apology, more backlash

(Newser) - Gloria Steinem appears in the recently released Spring catalog for Lands' End, discussing her quest for women's equality. The interview "was innocuous, focused on women, in keeping with the brand, and in support of a charity," writes Laura Heller for Forbes , noting the company offered a way... More »

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