"I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time." — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a statement Wednesday night. Ford, who is seeking re-election as the mayor of Canada's biggest city, announced that he will take leave of absence to seek help for alcohol abuse.
"Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available." — Winfrey spokeswoman Nicole Nichols in an email to the Associated Press.
"The decision to implement the (Shariah penal code) is not for fun but is to obey Allah's command as written in the Quran." — Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who launched the first phase of the application of strict Islamic criminal law in his country Wednesday.