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The Associated Press | October 2, 2013 03:00 AM EST | AP


"The government is closed because of the irrationality of what's going on on the other side of the Capitol." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, after Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown, forcing some 800,000 federal workers off the job as a protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health care law reached the boiling point.

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"If the security forces are not capable of protecting us, we will protect ourselves and end the misery. The sectarian war has just started." — Hatem Muhsin, who lives in Sadr City, a Shiite enclave in Baghdad, commenting after the U.N. said nearly 1,000 Iraqis were killed in September, one of the highest monthly death tolls in years.

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"There's no hope for his back. They crushed his spine, they broke it in two different places, so he will be forever, forever paralyzed." — Dayana Mieses, whose biker husband suffered broken legs and apparent spine injuries after he was run over by an SUV whose driver was attempting to escape a large group of motorcyclists after a confrontation on a New York City highway.