January 18, 2014 |
Madonna on Saturday asked forgiveness for captioning a photograph of her teenage son boxing with a racial slur. The comment, initially posted on Friday on social network Instagram , was soon deleted, with Madonna initially referring to those who had questioned her use of the N-word as "haters. " On Saturday, Madonna was singing a more conciliatory tone. "I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram," she said in a public statement posted on her Instagram and Facebook feeds.
January 15, 2014 |
ROSWELL, N.M. - The parents of a 12-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting two classmates said Wednesday they still loved their son and hoped he got "all of the help that he needs. " Tuesday's attack on students in the gymnasium of Berrendo Middle School here appeared to be planned, officials said. Chaves County prosecutors charged the boy as a juvenile late Wednesday with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, all felonies. Some media have identified the boy, but the Los Angeles Times does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults.
January 13, 2014 |
Dennis Rodman said Monday that he was sorry he could do nothing for American prisoner Kenneth Bae during his controversial visit to North Korea last week. “I'm sorry, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything,” Rodman told reporters at Beijing airport Monday after his weeklong trip. “It's not my fault. I'm sorry. I just want to do some good stuff, that's all I want to do.” The flamboyant basketball Hall of Famer was making his fourth visit to North Korea in the last year. This time he brought along a group of retired NBA players for an exhibition game with the North Korean team on the birthday of dictator Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman considers a good friend.
January 13, 2014 |
Snapchat has apologized for an excessive amount of spam that some users have been receiving lately. The Los Angeles start-up, which lets users send each other picture and video messages that vanish seconds after users open them, said its team is working to reduce the spam. "While we expect to minimize spam, it is the consequence of a quickly growing service," Snapchat said in a blog . PHOTOS: Top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 Snapchat said it does not believe the increased spam is a result of a recent data compromise, which exposed the usernames and phone numbers of millions of users.
January 13, 2014 |
Viewers of E!'s pre-Golden Globes online red carpet coverage on Sunday may not have caught the channel's on-screen "fun fact" about Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis, but the Twittersphere picked up on it and outrage quickly spread. During the lengthy pre-show celebrity interviews, E! flashed a series of celebrity fun facts. But one, regarding "The Michael J. Fox Show" star, struck an awkward note. It informed viewers that Fox had been diagnosed with the degenerative nervous system disorder Parkinson's disease in 1991.
January 9, 2014 |
A week after 4.6 million Snapchat users' personal information was exposed by hackers, the company has issued an update to improve its app security and it has apologized for the incident. "We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support," the company said in a blog post Thursday morning. The app update lets users opt out of having their personal phone numbers included in a feature called "Find Friends. " That feature was what hackers used to expose so many users one week ago. PHOTOS: 10 Tech gadgets we want to see in 2014 To opt out of the feature, Snapchat said users must go into the app settings and then tap where it says "Mobile #. " In there is a setting that says "Link username to mobile #. " Users must turn that option off to opt out. The app update and the apology may help Snapchat stem user anger about the security breach.
January 9, 2014 |
FORT LEE, N.J. - Traffic is bad on a normal day in this town, a hodgepodge of single-family homes and big apartment towers on the banks of the Hudson River across a bridge from Manhattan. Small one-way streets pass by Korean groceries, banks and real estate offices, dumping traffic onto streets already packed with cars and buses. During the September days when access ramps to the George Washington Bridge were closed because of what was revealed to be a vendetta against the popular mayor of this Democrat-leaning town, it didn't move at all. And traffic again came to a standstill Thursday evening, as a growing crowd of reporters, residents, and even a man dressed as a hamburger flocked to the town's Borough Hall to await the arrival of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in town to personally apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich and the town's residents for the incident.
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January 8, 2014 |
That sound you're hearing is the air going out of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 Republican presidential aspirations, thanks to the scandal known as Bridgegate. We've always known that Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has a temper. He can be nasty and combative -- particularly when it comes to entrenched liberal interests like labor unions -- and, frankly, that's what a whole lot of Republicans like about him. (His temper is also beloved by Democrats who believe his explosive tendencies are their best secret weapon against him.)
January 5, 2014 |
Michelle Pritchett, the Alabama football fan who attacked Oklahoma fans at the Orange Bowl, issued an apology this weekend for her actions. Pritchett, who was attending the game Wednesday with her husband, son and family friends, is shown on the video above confronting the fans, who she says were goading her son into a fight. It all started as good-natured trash talking, if you can believe that, and escalated into what you can see in the video above. "It had nothing to do about the ballgame," Pritchett told AL.com.