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"We will not rule out any possibility, and we are verifying all information thoroughly. We will not give up until the very end to rescue the two so we can go home together." - Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, who was working to save two hostages held by the Islamic State group.

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"This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No. 14 will be watching over his team. And if we're lucky, it'll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two." - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the death of Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks, who coined the catchphrase "Let's play two!"

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"Going home. Relaxing. Sleeping in a real bed. Probably get in a pool of water and swim for a little while." - Joseph Sledge, exonerated for a double homicide in 1976 and freed after nearly 40 years in a North Carolina prison.

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