"It turned pitch black. I ran and got pillows to put over our heads and ... all hell broke loose. My parents' home, it's gone completely." — Mark Ausbrooks, who was at his parents' home in Mayflower, Ark., when a tornado flattened the area and killed at least 11 in the state.

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"It is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. By this stage, 52 days into the search, most material would have become waterlogged and sunk. Therefore, we are moving from the current phase to a phase which is focused on searching the ocean floor over a much larger area." — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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"I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly." — Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan on the racially-tinged comments made in an audio tape and attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.