"It's an embarrassment, number one, to come to the realization that we're actually in this situation. Not that we didn't see it coming. I guess we have to take a couple of steps backward to move forward." — Kevin Frederick, an admissions representative for a career training school, after Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

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"There were a lot of people practicing last night. I took out my piccolo and played a little bit." — Sophia Yurdin, 16, who went to an evacuation center in Idyllwild, Calif., as a wildfire threatened the mountain town.

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"We're not here to play games. We're very serious about this. And it pains our heart that we do live in a state where a child can be killed just for the way he looks." — Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders, as protesters urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott to repeal the state's "stand-your-ground" law.