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Quotables

Issue: "Summer Books 2004," July 3, 2004

"We are opening the door of amnesty."

Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, who last week offered Islamic militants one month to turn themselves in to authorities or face the "full might" of the kingdom. The state will not give the death penalty to anyone who takes up the offer, he said, and will only prosecute those who have hurt others. State Department spokesman Rick Boucher would not comment on the offer: "This is a decision for the Saudi government to make."

"Say hello to everyone."

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his first letter to family members since his capture by U.S. forces in December. In the letter, given to Newsweek by one of Saddam's lawyers, the prisoner says his spirit and morale are high.

"I'm deeply grateful to the president and to my country. But I won't fly."

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Singer-actress Doris Day on why she would not be in Washington last week to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The 80-year-old Ms. Day says she developed a fear of flying during trips with Bob Hope to entertain U.S. troops.

"62."

The number of new low-carb ice cream products introduced in the United States this year through May 3, according to Productscan online. Only 19 were introduced during all of 2002 and nine during all of 2001.

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