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The Associated Press | September 20, 2013 03:48 AM EST | AP


"Stay with me, I'm right here. We don't want you to go." – Bertillia Lavern to colleague Vishnu Pandit, who had spent 30 years with the Navy, as he died after former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis shot him at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

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"Everyone who could ran into the coffee fields. It smothered the homes and sent them into the river. Half the homes in town were smothered and buried." – Marta Alvarez, a 22-year-old homemaker who was cooking with her 2-year-old son, two brothers and her parents when a landslide erupted in La Pintada, Mexico.

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"This bill is designed to give people a hand when they need it most. And most people don't choose to be on food stamps. Most people want a job ... They want what we want." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on the floor just before the House voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.