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ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By David Ng
He isn't completely deaf. He didn't really compose his own music. And now he's sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the public. "I have caused a great deal of trouble with my lies for everyone, including those people who bought my CDs and came to my concerts," he said, according to a report from Reuters. GRAPHIC: Highest-earning conductors In February, it was revealed that Samuragochi had employed a ghost writer to compose his symphonies and other music, and that his claims to being totally deaf weren't true.
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NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Richard Simon, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - The House Republican majority shot down a Democratic effort Thursday to condemn Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, for the "disrespectful manner" in which he adjourned a hearing as the panel's top Democrat was speaking. [ Updated, 10:36 p.m. PST March 6: Later, Issa said he had personally apologized to the Democratic lawmaker who was cut short during the hearing. "I just wanted to clear the air with @RepCummings," Issa said on Twitter, referring to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md)
AUTOS
February 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration has launched a probe into why General Motors Co. did not promptly recall more than 1.6 million vehicles after it learned that faulty ignition switches were causing fatal crashes. The investigation is likely to result in hefty fines for the automaker. GM recalled the vehicles in two phases this month even though documents filed with the federal safety agency demonstrate that the automaker first learned of the problem in 2004. Investigators will “determine whether GM properly followed the legal processes and requirements for reporting recalls,” the agency said.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
In a rare public apology, General Motors acknowledged Tuesday that it reacted too slowly to a safety issue linked to 13 deaths. The delayed response could cost GM tens of millions of dollars in civil penalties if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines the automaker neglected to inform regulators. NHTSA is also facing criticism for not demanding that GM act more quickly to recall more than 1.6 million vehicles. The recall is linked to the cars' ignition switches, which GM says can be accidentally turned from the "run" position to the "accessory" position while the car is being driven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - To settle a sexual harassment claim filed against ex-Mayor Bob Filner, the City Council will issue a "full apology" to a 67-year-old great-grandmother and designate a day in her honor, the city attorney announced Thursday. Peggy Shannon, who worked as a part-time employee at the senior citizens service desk at City Hall, had alleged that Filner continually made sexually inappropriate comments to her about wanting to begin a personal relationship. Shannon said Filner's misconduct began soon after he became mayor in December 2012 and continued each time he would see her at her desk in the lobby of City Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has gotten an apology from NBC News' Brian Williams, and all it took was a threat from Suge Knight! And some outspoken fans. On Tuesday night's episode of "The Arsenio Hall Show," Hall complained that Williams had left him out of an "NBC Nightly News" graphic on the various late night hosts. The graphic listed nine hosts, leaving out Hall and TBS' Pete Holmes. Hall said he didn't want to be the "angry black man" over the slight, so he brought out a friend who had no trouble filling that role: music mogul and ex-convict Suge Knight.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake has apologized for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter “to clear the air about an extremely emotional day.” “I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication,” Drake wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It's turning into mea culpa week, first with Drake apologizing for his tweet complaining about being replaced on the cover of Rolling Stone by Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor's death, and now Nicki Minaj humbling herself for using an image of Malcolm X in conjunction with her new song that invokes the N-word. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she said on Instagram in reference to her coupling of the song's title, "Lookin Ass N - ," with a 1964 Ebony magazine photo showing the black activist leader looking out a window while clutching an M-1 rifle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The principal of an all-girls Christian private school in Northern California has apologized over a lunch menu supposedly intended to celebrate Black History Month that included cornbread, fried chicken and watermelon. "I'd like to apologize for the announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents or community members," Nancy Libby, principal at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord, said in a letter to parents. "Please know that at no time at Carondelet do we wish to perpetrate racial stereotypes," Libby added.
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