"Then you could feel the debris literally coming down on you and then I got hit on the back by a large piece. It was a complete dust curtain. You couldn't see."—Dee Stephenson, after hunks of plaster and dust rained down on a packed audience when the ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed.

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"The fact this breach can happen with all of their security in place is really alarming."—Avivah Litan, a security analyst with Gartner Research, after Target, the nation's second-largest discounter acknowledged that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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"Times have changed. We're trying to rethink our priorities and family seems to be the No. 1 priority whereas in the past maybe people were more focused on career."—Robert Loftus, 34, of Yonkers, N.Y., after researchers found that most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting.