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.


"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.


"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."