Quotations of the day

By The Associated Press

"I consider this incident a coup attempt against the state by Reinado and it failed ... This government won't fall because of this." -- East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on rebel soldiers shooting and seriously wounding that country's president and opening fire on him.

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"The brief period of consolidation and evaluation probably does make sense." -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates endorsing the idea of a pause in the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq this summer.

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"You know it's been 43 years since the first and only time that a jazz artist got the album of the year award. I'd like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mold this time. -- Jazz musician Herbie Hancock on winning the album of the year Grammy award for "River: The Joni Letters."