"The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff." – House Speaker John Boehner on his negotiations with President Barack Obama.
"If I had looked back, I might not be standing here. I might have been one of the ones who got hit." – Fairview, Oregon, resident Shaun Wik on his decision to flee when gunman at a shopping mall in a Portland suburb fired three shots and ordered everyone to "get down." The gunman killed two people before killing himself.
"It's an issue that will generate confusion in a society that has forever taken the father's name. But these changes in society have to be accepted." – Uruguayan lawmaker Anibal Gloodtdofsky on a proposal to let all couples decide whose surname goes first when they name their children.