"The Russian troop buildup is creating a climate of fear and intimidation in Ukraine. It certainly does not create the climate that we need for dialogue." — Secretary of State John Kerry after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a deadlock over how to calm tensions and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
"We're worried about dysentery, we're worried about tetanus, we're worried about contamination. The last thing we want to do is take any of these contaminants out of here and take them into town." — Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department as searchers in the Washington state mudslide contend with septic tanks, gasoline and propane containers.
"We're facing the specter of reduced yields in some of the key crops that feed humanity." — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on how global warming could make feeding the world harder and more expensive.