"These two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. I urge the Senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the American people safe." — President Barack Obama after nominating former senator and combat veteran Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon and anti-terrorism chief John Brennan as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
"We are shaping up for one of the worst fire danger days on record. You don't get conditions worse than this. We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option." — New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons in comments as firefighters battle scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia while authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" conditions in some areas.
"It's pretty unusual. I've had one, maybe two cases out of 4,500 autopsies I've done." — Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina, commenting on the rarity of cyanide poisonings after the sudden death of a Chicago man just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 in lottery winnings was initially ruled a result of natural causes.