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The Associated Press | February 25, 2013 03:02 AM EST | AP


"There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do." – Ben Affleck, after his Iran rescue thriller "Argo" won best picture at the Academy Awards.

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"I was not chosen to be president to restore capitalism to Cuba. I was elected to defend, maintain and continue to perfect socialism, not destroy it." – Raul Castro, in 35-minute speech announcing that he will step down as Cuba's president in 2018 following a final five-year term.

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"I'm a very lucky man to have won it twice. I'm very honored to be on that trophy with all the greats that have ever been in our sport." – Jimmie Johnson, who raced past defending NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski on the final restart to win the Daytona 500.