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Adele (Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill)

Quotables

Issue: "2012 Cities Issue," March 10, 2012

"Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch."

Pop singer Adele, winner of several Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, on what she plans to do during a break she says she will take from performing.

"All of us in Congress are running around fixing everything except our biggest problem."

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on legislators' aversion to reforming Medicare. Sen. Coburn is the co-sponsor of legislation to raise the program's eligibility age and raise premiums for middle- and upper-class recipients.

"Mostafa's ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel."

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Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani, wife of the deceased Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, on her husband's motivations. A car bomb killed Roshan in January, making him the fourth Iranian scientist in two years killed in anonymous attacks.

"It's like the NCAA Final Four, with no elimination."

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on the possibility that all four current Republican candidates may stay in the race until the Republican National Convention.

"It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal."

New York Times lead on trend for more out-of-wedlock than in-wedlock births for women under 30.

"Fifteen tons."

The amount of pure methamphetamine Mexican authorities seized at a ranch outside Guadalajara on Feb. 8. The drugs were worth an estimated $4 billion in street value, and represented double the amount of all meth seized at the Mexican border in 2011.

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