Korean Air CEO Apologizes for Daughter's 'Nut Rage'
Korean Air's CEO has apologized for what he said were the "foolish actions" of his daughter, an airline executive who delayed a flight because she was not happy with the way she was served macadamia nuts.
At a news conference Friday, Cho Yang-ho bowed in a traditional gesture of deep remorse, saying he should have done a better job raising his daughter.
Cho Hyun-ah last week became angry after a flight attendant in first class offered her nuts in a packet instead of on a plate. Cho forced the aircraft to return to the gate and kicked the attendant off the plane.
The case has prompted widespread outrage in South Korea and forced Cho from all her posts, including as vice president of the family-run airline.
A distraught-looking Cho offered her own emotional apology Friday, telling reporters in a voice that was barely audible that she is "sincerely" sorry for her actions.
Following complaints from a civil society group, South Korean authorities have started an investigation into whether Korean Air violated any aviation safety laws.
Congress Averts Government Shutdown, For Now
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a bill that provides a two-day extension of government funding and temporarily averts a partial federal government shutdown.
Both houses of Congress approved the heavily fought-over spending measure late Thursday, with just minutes to go before the midnight deadline.
The Senate now has until Saturday at midnight to approve a wider spending measure.
The Senate is expected follow the lead of the House of Representatives, which on Thursday passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the government through September 2015.
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner warned lawmakers that if they did not pass a bill Thursday - even a temporary measure to fund the government - they would have to stay in Washington until Christmas.
Lawmakers from both sides and President Obama urged passage, even though conservative Republicans were angry over what was not in the bill and liberal Democrats were upset over what was there.