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Bette Midler Sorry About Her Women, N-Word Tweet

She says she was tweeting out of anger over the Kavanaugh situation

(Newser) - Bette Midler had a rough Thursday on Twitter, and it all started with her paraphrasing Yoko Ono. In a now-deleted tweet that you can see at USA Today , the 72-year-old wrote, "'Women, are the n-word of the world.' Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals;... More »

Ohio University Freshman's Blunder on a Paper Goes Viral

Zoey Oxley forgot her professor's name, with comical results

(Newser) - If Monday is getting you down, we're here to supply you with a chuckle, which comes compliments of Ohio University. John Hendel is a first-year MFA student there, and received an email from a freshman in the performance studies class he's teaching, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . BuzzFeed has... More »

Head-Smacking Moment for Airline, Its Brand-New Plane

It's Cathay Pacific, not Paciic, guys

(Newser) - Proofreaders are important. That's the message Cathay Pacific is likely contemplating today after incredulous travelers spotted one of its new planes on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport, the airline's name misspelled in large letters on the side of the aircraft (see a picture here ). Missing... More »

Texas Superintendent in Hot Water Over Black QB Quip

Lynn Redden says he thought it was a private message

(Newser) - An East Texas school superintendent who wrote "You can't count on a black quarterback" on a Facebook post publicizing a Houston Chronicle article says he thought he was replying to a private message. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about... More »

Kenneth Cole Deletes His Kate Spade Tweet

He later tried to clarify why he called her an 'accessory'

(Newser) - After news of Kate Spade's death broke, designer Kenneth Cole took to Twitter to post an #RIP message. It didn't go over well. "'I believed that I could, so I did.' She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory,... More »

4 Words on NJ School's Prom Tickets Cause Problem

Cherry Hill High School East's principal apologizes for 'inappropriateness' of them

(Newser) - Florida isn't the only state that's home to a problematic prom this year . New Jersey's Cherry Hill High School East is grabbing headlines over prom tickets that featured "inappropriate" wording. The Courier Post reports that tickets for the prom, to be held at the National Constitution... More »

White House Aide on McCain: 'He's Dying Anyway'

Insiders say staffer Kelly Sadler mocked his illness

(Newser) - There was "discomfort" during a closed-door White House meeting of communications staffers Thursday when special assistant Kelly Sadler made light of Sen. John McCain's terminal illness, sources tell the Hill. Sadler, discussing the Republican senator's opposition to Gina Haspel becoming CIA director , said: "It doesn't... More »

Netanyahu Hosted Japan's PM for Dinner. The Dessert Stunned

Not in a good way, though, as shoes are looked down upon in Japanese culture

(Newser) - On Monday, Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe proudly posted a pic on Instagram showing off his latest creation: what looked to be a man's shoe filled with a "chocolate selection from the world." Per the Washington Post , it was Moshe's dessert offering for a May 2... More »

Aussie First Lady Responds to Macron's 'Delicious' Remark

Lucy Turnbull, wife of PM Malcolm Turnbull, was 'flattered' by French leader's descriptor of her

(Newser) - Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first official visit Down Under. Macron raised eyebrows Wednesday with his description of... More »

CEO Sings 'Unfortunate' Song Before Interview, Apologizes

Sainsbury's head Mike Coupe was filmed singing 'We're in the Money'

(Newser) - As far as gaffes go, it's pretty priceless: A CEO waiting to discuss his company's new $10 billion deal in an ITV News interview was filmed singing "We're in the Money." Mike Coupe, the head of Sainsbury's supermarkets, was captured quietly singing, "We'... More »

East Coast Rattled by Fake Tsunami Warning

National Weather Service says issue may have been AccuWeather app glitch

(Newser) - It's deja vu all over again, with the fear based in the Atlantic, not the Pacific, this time. A routine National Weather Service test on Tuesday resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving a jolt to many residents on the East Coast... More »

Taiwan's New Passports Had One Big Problem

They used a photo of Dulles airport in DC, not one in Taiwan; official resigns

(Newser) - An official in Taiwan has stepped down from her post after what looks to be a multimillion-dollar mistake involving hundreds of thousands of passports. Focus Taiwan reports that Agnes Chen, the chief of the country's Bureau of Consular Affairs, resigned Wednesday after it was discovered the nation's new... More »

Passengers Gave Away Their Blankets. Things Got Crazy

2 black professional basketball players were accused of theft, kicked off plane in Dallas

(Newser) - American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets. Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound for Sioux Falls,... More »

Great British Bake Off Judge 'Mortified' by Her Own Tweet

Prue Leith prematurely gave away winner of show, with no spoiler alert

(Newser) - A judge on The Great British Bake Off has been forced to apologize after revealing the winner hours before the final episode was scheduled to air. Prue Leith posted the name of the winner on her Twitter feed while traveling in Bhutan, which is six hours ahead of Britain, thinking... More »

This Is Why Everyone's Talking About Nation of 'Nambia'

President Trump takes grief for referring to nonexistent country twice

(Newser) - The nation that seems to be showing up in most headlines Thursday is Nambia, mainly because it doesn't actually exist. In a speech to African leaders Wednesday, President Trump referred to "Nambia" not once but twice, first in his general introduction and then later when he mentioned that... More »

SD Lawmaker Under Fire Over 'All Lives Splatter' Meme

Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she thought it was encouraging traffic safety

(Newser) - A Republican South Dakota legislator under fire for a Facebook post has apologized for a "lack of judgment." State Rep. Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder shared a meme Sept. 7 depicting stick-figure protesters being hit by an SUV. It was posted less than a month after a driver... More »

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 »

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