“What I saw today in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy, the martyr Mohammad Yasser, whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about.” — Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, who visited wounded Palestinians at a hospital in Gaza City, where medics had brought in the lifeless body of a 4-year-old boy that Kandil claims was killed by an Israeli airstrike.
“I was on the phone, and I just started screaming. The truck was on the other side of the train, but I did see the panic on the faces of the people and saw some of them jump off.” — Patricia Howle, who witnessed a freight train colliding with a parade float in Midland, Texas, that was carrying wounded veterans, killing four people and injuring 17 others.
“I don’t like it; I would not vote for it; I think it needs to be repealed. But it is the law. If you default to the federal government, you forever give the keys to the state’s health insurance market to the federal government.” — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney the day before many states are expected to tell the federal government if they’re willing to carry out a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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