"As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq." — President Barack Obama, who authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege.
"Ebola is out of control in West Africa, and we are starting to see panic now around the world." — Ken Isaacs, vice president at Samaritan's Purse, as the virus is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined.
"We have a hurricane. Now we have this on top of it. What else?" — Grocery store worker Kelsey Walker after a 4.5-magnitude quake rattled Hawaii ahead of Hurricane Iselle's expected thrashing of the Big Island.