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US Senator Franken Apologizes for 2006 Groping Incident

Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota apologized to a Los Angeles newscaster Thursday after she said that he had groped her while they were on a 2006 goodwill trip to entertain American troops stationed in the Middle East. Leeann Tweeden, formerly a TV host, sports broadcaster and Playboy model, said that Franken, after he was a comic on the Saturday Night Live show before running for elected office, “kissed and groped me without my consent, and there’s nothing funny about it.” Tweeden, now a newscaster for a radio station,…

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Papa John’s Apologizes for Criticizing NFL Anthem Protests

Papa John’s apologized Tuesday night for comments made by CEO John Schnatter blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The company is a major NFL sponsor and advertiser, and Schnatter said on an earnings call Nov. 1 that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” and that the protests “should have been nipped in the bud a year and a half ago.” The company tweeted a statement offering to “work with the players and league to find a positive way forward.” “The statements made on…

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