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‘As President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.’

1. BARACK OBAMA, speaking in a televised address about his decision to commit U.S. troops to the U.N.-approved military operations in Libya in order to stop a potential “massacre”

‘My court is not a jester court … I understand that people are starstruck. I’m not one of them.’

2. BECKY DEAN-WALKER, a Texas judge, after a county prosecutor said he’d recommend that musician Willie Nelson, who was charged with marijuana possession last November, sing in court as part of a plea deal

‘She even wanted to be late for her own funeral.’

3. SALLY MORRISON, Elizabeth Taylor’s publicist, announcing that the Hollywood star’s March 24 funeral began 15 minutes late according to her final wishes

‘This quake, tsunami and the nuclear accident are the biggest crises for Japan [in decades] … We will continue to handle it in a state of maximum alert.’

4. NAOTO KAN, Prime Minister of Japan, speaking to parliament on March 29, more than two weeks after disaster struck

‘Greece is bust, essentially.’

5. GABRIEL STEIN, an economist with Lombard Street Research in London, on the likelihood that Greece will default on its sovereign debt; two-thirds of European economists surveyed by the BBC World Service predicted a default


Approximate number of patents held by Harry Wesley Coover Jr., the chemist who invented Super Glue, during his career; Coover died March 26 at 94


Number of weeks Michigan will pay unemployment benefits in 2012, down from 26; it will be the shortest such period in the U.S.


Approximate cost of the first 10 days of U.S. military involvement in Libya, according to the Pentagon


Number of correct Final Four bracket entries out of some 5.9 million submitted to’s Tournament Challenge; just 5,791 entries (or 0.1%) included underdog VCU

Sources: White House; CNN; AP (2); BBC

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