Briefing

'Those were my children.'

1. JOSEPH MWANGI, Nairobi resident, after finding the bodies of his two children, who died when a gasoline pipeline exploded, killing at least 75 people and injuring more than 100

'Pick up the phone, send an e-mail, use one of those airplane skywriters, dust off the fax machine or ... write a letter.'

2. PRESIDENT OBAMA, urging voters to pressure their congressional representatives to pass his $447 billion jobs bill

'What we really need is rain. But right now, there is no relief in sight.'

3. BILL PAXTON, of the Texas forest service, on the 140 fires...

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